Bang on a Can to Present Annual New-Music Marathon—for Free—on June 4

Classic Arts News   Bang on a Can to Present Annual New-Music Marathon—for Free—on June 4
The 19-year-old Bang on a Can Marathon will be free this year for the first time, the new-music organization Bang on a Can announced.

The ten-and-a-half hour event will take place at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan on June 4 starting at 11:30 a.m. It is part of the River to River Festival and the World Financial Center's Arts & Events series.

The lineup includes Alarm Will Sound, performing its acoustic arrangements of electronic music by Aphex Twin and works by John Adams; the Bang on a Can All-Stars, playing music by clarinetist Don Byron and others; cellist Maya Beiser; saxophonist Anthony Braxton's 100-tuba ensemble; So Percussion; and the Italian chamber-music group Sentieri Selvaggi.

Performances begin at the outdoor Oval Lawn, then move into the WFC's Winter Garden atrium at 2 p.m.

The Bang on a Can Marathon began as a daylong performance of music by young, unclassifiable composers at a SoHo art gallery in March 1987. It has since been heard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, and other venues.

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