2014 Concert Season
Sat May 31
Dawn of Midi
Sun Jul 13
New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers with ETHEL & Iktus Percussion
Sat Aug 9
Pam Goldberg, Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney
Sun Sept 7 [was Sat Sept 6]
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- Rite of Summer’s Grand Band featured in FDRMX
- Rite of Summer’s Grand Band Concert featured on NJ.com
- Rite of Summer’s Grand Band Concert Previewed in The New Yorker
- Rite of Summer’s Grand Band Concert Previewed in Time Out New York
- Rite of Summer’s Grand Band Concert Previewed in I Care If You Listen
The Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate the season in two free outdoor concerts on Governors Island Colonels Row (1pm & 3pm). The concert features Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, Michael Gordon’s Industry, David Lang’s sunray, Julia Wolfe’s Lick, Thurston Moore’s Stroking Piece #1, and Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union.
If you’re going to perform contemporary music outdoors, on an island that was once a military base, is now a construction site, and will soon be a park, you’d better be tough, fast, noisy, and very, very good. That pretty much describes the 21-year-old Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the group inaugurates the Rite of Summer festival on Governors Island with music by its founders (David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon) and their spiritual guides (Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, and Thurston Moore). — Justin Davidson
Returning for a third season under the supervision of Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg, this generous new-music celebration opens with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who’ll play works by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich and Thurston Moore during their two sets.
The Rite of Summer Festival on Governor’s Island kicked off again this past July 7th, but there are two more exciting shows coming up on August 4th with The JACK Quartet and the Sept. 3rd show featuring violinist-composer Todd Reynolds. These concerts are free to the public, so please do check them out!
Pianists and artistic co-directors of the series Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg had a few minutes to talk about the concerts.
By ALLAN KOZINN
September 5, 2011
Governors Island is a bit off the beaten path, as concert sites go. But the idea of staging a summer music festival there, devoted mostly to contemporary works, is inspired. (more…)