Performances Reviews

Ecstatic Music Festival Rings in Bang on a Can’s 30th Anniversary

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Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Monday, January 9, 2017 within the cozy setting of the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, a number of milestones converged in a single event. The Bang on a Can All-Stars–performance ambassadors of the festival and multi-faceted arts organization that gave it its name–took to the stage to celebrate and kick off its 30th anniversary season, which also marked the opening of the seventh annual Ecstatic Music Festival and a new season of live-streamed concerts co-presented by New Sounds Live on Q2, hosted by resident new music champion John Schaefer. In accordance with the shared mission of these forces, the evening melded the presentation of new works funded by the 2017 People’s Commissioning Fund and the exploration of signature and historic works by Bang on a Can’s trio of founders, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon.