Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
David Lang “Bangs on a Can” at OSU
UPDATE (5/19): IT WAS A GREAT CONCERT!!!!!
Okay, that’s a confusing title. Composer David Lang is the co-founder of Bang on a Can, an organization that commissions, publishes and performs contemporary music. Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008 for The Little Matchgirl Passion.
A concert of David Lang’s music will be performed by the OSU New Music Collective and the OSU Percussion Ensemble onÂ Wednesday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in OSU’s Weigel Hall. The evening is sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music andÂ I’ll be hosting a post concert discussion with David Lang, with plenty of time for audience questions.
David Lang has aÂ gift of blending his own music into pre-existingÂ work. He makes old music new and creates his own new music. Tomorrow night’s program features a work calledÂ Heroin based on Lou Reed:
Intriguing, even if you missed the Velvet Underground.
Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008 forÂ The Little Matchgirl Passion, and I understand why.Â In the work, he blends Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Hans Christian Andersen!
Match Girl is scored for chorus and percussion. Such an original ‘mix’ signals a composer fascinated by combination of sounds, all types of sounds.
Another work on the program is Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing for percussion, piano and bass clarinet:
I was going to say that this music does without the lush carpet of sound (Rachmaninoff! Wagner! Puccini!) loved by many of us, but on further listening I realize the carpet is very much there, and again, you just need to listen for it.
Tomorrow night at OSU’s Weigel Hall will be a great opportunity to hear new music, and hear from an important composer.Â See you there!
P.S. – Here’s Lang himself explaining the Bach connection in The Little Match Girl Passion: