P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2006
June 29, 2006
Meredith Monk Joins Bang on a Can All-stars and Students for Festival Closing Concert
(North Adams, Mass.) A music extravaganza in New York City since 1987 and in North Adams since 2001, the Bang on a Can Marathon is known for its unparalleled programming of today's most innovative new music. A Marathon on Saturday, July 29, at MASS MoCA will close out the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. The concert will include brand new work created over the course of the two-week Institute by the world-class musicians, composers, and teachers and their hand-picked students who participated. Participants will be on hand to discuss their work, including this year's featured guest: legendary performing artist and MacArthur Award winner, Meredith Monk. "When the time comes, perhaps a hundred years from now, to tally up achievements in the performing arts during the last third of the present century, one name that seems sure to loom large is that of Meredith Monk. In originality, in scope, in depth, there are few to rival her," according to the Washington Post. The Albany Times Union described 2003's Marathon: "The institute came to a roaring climax in a sprawling concert of contemporary music that was consistently challenging and richly rewarding." The series of performances runs from 4 to 10 P.M. Patrons may feel free to come and go throughout the performances to stroll through the galleries between sets.Composers and co-artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe founded Bang on a Can in 1987. Their original idea was simple: to have fun with new music. Their bold programming concept incorporates performing visionary classics written two to three decades ago and pieces by composers just born at that time -- exciting music by our best known living composers and by those only starting to gain recognition. Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day festival to a multi-faceted organization. Bang on a Can aims to discover emerging composers and ensembles who are exploring new musical territories and reaching for a musical expression beyond the status quo. During a career that spans 30 years, Meredith Monk has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts. In 1968 Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance and in 1978 she formed Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble to perform her unique vocal compositions. She has made ten recordings, most of which are with ECM New Series. Her opera, "Atlas", commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, The Walker Art Center and The American Music Theater Festival premiered in February, 1991, toured the United States and Europe, and had its New York City premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1992. Monk has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, three Obies (including an award for Sustained Achievement), two Villager Awards , a Bessie for Sustained Creative Achievement, the 1986 National Music Theater Award, sixteen ASCAP Awards for Musical Composition and the 1992 Dance Magazine Award. Michael Gordon was raised in Nicaragua in an Eastern European community on the outskirts of Managua. His music is an outgrowth of his experience with underground rock bands in New York and formal composition studies at Yale. His work has been performed at The Kitchen in New York, the Edinburgh Festival, London's South Bank Centre, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and BBC Proms. His work has been commissioned by the new Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, and Ensemble Modern. David Lang was most recently was in residence at MASS MoCA in March working with visual artist Mark Dion and Ridge Theater on a new opera, Anatomy Theater, which was presented as a work-in-progress showing. Composer-in-residence at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Lang's work has been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Singers, and the American Composers Orchestra. The Kronos Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble have performed his work. His work has been played at Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, in theater productions in New York, San Francisco, and London, and in the choreography of Twyla Tharp, Susan Marshall, La La La Human Steps, The Alvin Ailey Company and the Royal Ballet. Lang's awards include the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), a Kennedy Center/Friedheim Award, the Revson Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Julia Wolfe holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Residential College at the University of Michigan. She's received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, the Koussevitzky Foundation for the Cassatt Quartet, Meet The Composer/Reader's Digest, Orkest de volharding, the Huddersfield Festival, the Pan American Chamber Players, and the Rotterdam Arts Council. Her works have been played by the San Francisco Symphony, California EAR Unit, Margaret Leng Tan, and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Wolfe's works have been choreographed by Eliot Feld, Doug Varone, and the Dusselforf Ballet. She composed music for Anna Deavere Smith's play House Arrest. Her awards include a Charles Ives Scholarship, an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Foundation grants, a fellowship at Princeton University, residency at the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi Institute, and a Fulbright fellowship. Tickets for Bang on a Can Marathon are $22. A special discounted $35 ticket is available for the Marathon and the Bang on a Can All-Stars performance on July 22. $50 festival pass includes both concerts PLUS unlimited gallery admission for recitals during festival. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Wednesday through Monday (July 1 through August 31 from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. daily). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org. Bang on a Can is a New York-based organization dedicated to creating a forum for the most innovative and adventurous music of our time. They aim to discover emerging composers and ensembles who are exploring new musical territories and reaching for a musical expression beyond the status quo. Their programming incorporates visionary classics written not more than three decades ago -- exciting music by our best known living composers and by those only starting to gain recognition. MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA 1040 MASS MoCA Way North Adams, MA 01247 413.MOCA.111 www.massmoca.org . MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available in advance through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings.
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