The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature the eclectic, contemporary classical chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Formed in 1992, the All-Stars are noted for their live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the six-member amplified ensemble has been called “a flexible and expert sextet” by the New York Times.
The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2005 and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Their recordings, including the recent Grammy-nominated recording of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anthracite Fields,” have also received strong reviews. Their 2001 recording, “Renegade Heaven,” was named the number-one classical album of the year by The New York Times.
Their Hope College concert features a program of selections from the All-Stars’ core repertoire that is designed to showcase their wide repertoire: David Lang’s “sunray,” Julia Wolfe’s “Believing,” Kate Moore’s “Ridgeway,” Michael Gordon’s “For Madeleine,” Steve Martland’s “Horses of Instruction” and Philip Glass’ “Closing.” Lang’s “sunray” (2006) and Michael Gordon’s “For Madeline” (2009) are featured on the All-Stars recording “Big Beautiful.” Wolfe’s “Believing” has been a feature of the group’s repertoire since its premiere at Lincoln Center in 1997.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars are Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, guitars; and Ken Thomson, clarinets. Together, the All-Stars have worked in close collaboration with a range of musicians including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Burmese circle drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Tan Dun, DJ Spooky and many more. The group’s projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic “Music for Airports” and Terry Riley’s “In C,” as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, Owen Pallett and others.
The group was created from the Bang on a Can concert series in New York. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been focused on creating an international community dedicated to innovative music.
Tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, $6 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope College students. Tickets are available online at hope.edu/tickets as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.