David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers, with an extensive catalog that includes opera, orchestra, chamber and solo works. His music defies easy categorization and has been described with adjectives such as “ethereal,” “hypnotic,” and “direct.” In 2008, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion, a score commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Paul Hillier’s vocal ensemble Theater of Voices. Lang was also Musical America’s 2013 Composer of the Year and recipient of Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair for 2013–14. His work has amassed a global audience, being heard in performances by such organizations as Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet; in theater productions in New York, San Francisco and London; alongside the choreography of Twyla Tharp, La La La Human Steps, the Netherlands Dance Theater, and the Paris Opera Ballet; and at major performance halls and music festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. Gordon joined fellow Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe for a symposium at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in June 2009. The three composers spoke about their work as composers, impresarios, and entrepreneurs, and shared recorded examples of their music. Together, they also curated the first Philadelphia iteration of the Bang on a Can marathon, funded by the Center and presented by FringeArts in September 2010.
Levy’s performance practice and compositions bridge modern classical music with rhythmic and improvisatory aspects of jazz, guided by his dedication to exploring the saxophone’s genre-defying capabilities.
FringeArts president and producing director, Nick Stuccio, talks with us about organizational growth, new audience development, and risk-taking as a presenter.
New York City-based conceptual artist Fred Wilson is known for repurposing objects and artifacts to lead people to see them in a different way.
Playwright and 2008 Pew Fellow J. Rufus Caleb strives to create theater experiences that are “as visceral as they are intellectual.”
The Pennsylvania Ballet acquired William Forsythe’s contemporary dance masterpiece In the middle, somewhat elevated.
Designer Jenny Sabin’s PolyMorph is on display in France and bandleader Marshall Allen performs at Lincoln Center on October 5, 2013.
The Philadelphia Orchestra offered the first Philadelphia performances of two recently composed works by Richard Danielpour and Bright Sheng.
An artist talk with Michael Rakowitz, who will discuss his participatory performance and radio project, A Desert Home Companion.
Opera Philadelphia presented the East Coast premiere of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.
Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.
Limor Tomer is the General Manager of Concerts & Lectures and a curator of performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Václav Havel was a renowned playwright and political activist who became president of the Czech Republic in 1990, the country’s first noncommunist leader since 1948.