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Bang on a Can Marathon

Saturday, August 1, 2009, 4:00 pm
Hunter Center
$24/ Members 10% discount.

As part of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Bang on a Can brings its signature event back to the Berkshires! 30+ musicians and composers from around the world team up for 6-hours on non-stop, boundary smashing music. Highlights to include George Antheils futuristic classic Ballet Mećanique (Listen now!) in which the "ballet" is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments -- player pianos, airplane propellers, and electric bells and more, John Adams riveting Shaker Loops,(Listen now!) a four-part piece for seven solo strings in which each instrument is assigned a "loop" of melodic material which, when heard together, results in constantly shifting play; and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner David Langs Pierced, a rhythmic smorgasbord that seems to pull from jazz, rock, and dub-step realms all at once, and much more!This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Galleries open until 8 PM.

Marathon Program
4 PM

  • Still Life with Avalanche by Missy Mazzoli
  • Three Heavens and Hells by Meredith Monk
  • Friction Systems by David M. Gordon
  • Cat o' Nine Tails by John Zorn
  • East meets West arrangements of music (including a tune by Thom Yorke) for Western and Central Asian instruments
6 PM
  • Pierced by David Lang
  • Song and Dance by Frederic Rzewski
  • Distorted Indulgence by Lok Yin Tang
  • The Boat by Lisa Bielawa
  • Snakes & Ladders by Fred Frith
8 PM
  • Music from Kyrgyzstan
  • Dark Full Ride by Julia Wolfe
  • BachFeet "Brownie you're doin' a heck of a job by Eve Beglarian
  • Shaker Loops by John Adams
  • Music from Uzbekistan
  • Light is Calling by Michael Gordon
  • Ballet Mecanique by George Antheil
Reviews of Saturday's event Bang on a Can plays Steve Reich in Berkshire Living, Boston Globe, and Albany Times Union were glowing, and there's more to come at the Marathon. Don't miss it!

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