Bang on a Can All-Stars will stage a free concert at the Tang Museum Thursday. The amplified sextet – which includes Saratoga Springs native Ashley Bathgate - formed in 1992, and cross the musical boundaries of classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music. The All-Stars’ celebrated projects include landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, among others.
Thursday’s program at the Tang features Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon (performing Gene Takes a Drink), Julia Wolfe (Believing), and David Lang’s arrangement of Lou Reeds’ Heroin - originally recorded by the Velvet Underground, and arguably one of the greatest musical works of the 20th century.
Thursday’s program also includes Steve Martland’s Horses of Instruction, Philip Glass’ wonderful Closing, and the world premiere of a new composition by Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers titled Changes, Stops, and Swells, which was commissioned by photographer, curator, and collector Jack Shear and the Tang Teaching Museum. The exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection is on display at the museum through Aug. 14.
The concert will be staged 6 p.m. Thursday at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs. Admission to the concert is free; reservations are required. Call the museum’s Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 to reserve your spot.
Blurbs: Over 28 years, Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day New York-based Marathon concert (on Mother’s Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery) to a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities, including the annual Bang on a Can Marathon; the People’s Commissioning Fund; the Bang on a Can All-Stars; the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival; Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s extreme street band; and many others.