FEST: Bang On a Can Festival Returns to MASS MoCA on Wednesday [Berkshire on Stage]

July 11th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

From Wednesday (July 13) through Saturday, July 30, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can presents the 15th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (aka, Banglewood) at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The festival is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, dedicated entirely to the creation, study and performance of adventurous contemporary music. Featuring public performances, recitals, and lectures, the festival will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including more than 30 fellows selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants from around the world.

This year’s festival features special guest composer John Luther Adams, including an outdoor performance of his “Ten Thousand Birds” on Thursday, July 28. In addition, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Brian Eno’s ambient classic “Music for Airports” on Saturday, July 23, and the festival will culminate on Saturday, July 30 with a six-hour marathon concert featuring more music by John Luther Adams (“In a Treeless Place,” “Only Snow” and “The Light Within”) plus Steve Reich’s :Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ,” Julia Wolfe’s raucous “Tell Me Everything” and a world premiere by Bang on a Can All-Stars clarinetist Ken Thomson.

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