Philip Glass Joins Bang on a Can for People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Classic Arts News   Philip Glass Joins Bang on a Can for People's Commissioning Fund Concert
 
The New York new-music group Bang on a Can presents its sixth annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert tonight at Merkin Concert Hall.

The concert includes three world premieres and a special appearance by composer Philip Glass, joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars on the keyboard as they perform his 1969 Music in Similar Motion.

The People's Commissioning Fund pools small donations in order to commission works from young composers. It is a process, Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang said, that is designed to democratize the process of funding new music.

"We call this program the People's Commissioning Fund because it is you and me that are the commissioners of new music," he said, "not a large foundation, not a government agency, not a major corporation."

This year's PCF concert will showcase three new works commissioned through the fund: Carla Kihlstedt's The Long and Short of It; A Brief History of Chatter, Cynthia Hopkins' Song Before Love Songs, and J. G. Thirlwell's Anabiosis. In addition, the All-Stars will perform Dan Plonsey's The Plonsey Episodes, which was commissioned in 1998.

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