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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival Beats it Back to Mass MoCA




Although the Bang on a Can organization has deep roots in New York’s vibrant downtown scene, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting venue for the cutting-edge music group’s annual festival than Mass MoCA. Since 2002 the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival has been held at the sprawling contemporary art museum, and the relationship between the two adventurous entities continues to be a marriage made in experimental heaven. And so it is that the 2017 festival kicks off tomorrow, July 19, and runs for the next three weeks

Focusing on the creation, study, and performance of adventurous contemporary music, the festival features public performances, recitals, and lectures and by over 50 trailblazing composers and performers from throughout the world. This year’s featured guest composers are Louis Andriessen and George Lewis. Festival highlights include a preview performance of the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ “Road Trip,” a brand-new, evening-length work composed by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; a celebration tribute concert for the late Pauline Oliveros; Mark Stewart and festival fellows performing on the original instruments of Gunnar Schonbeck; over 40 young composers and performers from around the world debuting nine new works written especially for the festival at the World Premiere Composer Concert; “Music from Central Asia” starring musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan performing on traditional instruments; a chamber music version of Philip Glass’s monumental Symphony No. 3; and more.

Here’s a performance of John Luther Adams’s “In a Treeless Place, Only Snow” at last year’s festival:

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will take place from July 19 through August 5 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. For an event schedule, ticket prices, and more information, call (413) 662-2111 or visit

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