As the COVID pandemic shut down live music in spring 2020, Bang on a Can quickly pivoted to a series of LIVE Online Marathons. And musicians responded with the extraordinary creativity we’ve come to expect; many came to this medium with streaming skills and experience, but many more had to reinvent their relationship to live music. So did we! The learning curve was steep, but we think the great solos that resulted will be a powerful memorial to this moment and time. And the pieces themselves will enter the repertoire for all time. With dozens of world premiere commissions and nearly 150 performances from May 3 onward, we kept live music in front of the fans and we engaged in dialogue with players and composers throughout. We’d like to share those performances and conversations with you now!
So please find below a playlist of the artists arranged alphabetically by first name (who needs formality during a global pandemic?) The conversations, the music, the world premieres – it’s been quite a ride. And if you feel so inclined, we could use your support to keep these presentations and ALL our programs going. Buckle up and enjoy!
Bang on a Can Marathons & Concerts – Online, On Fire, and FREE – but donations always welcome!
Suggested Online Marathon Ticket Levels
A big virtual hug and thank you for helping make this and future virtual Marathons possible.
We’d love to list you! For $25 or more, we’ll put your name on the Marathon 2020 website as Ticket Buyer. It’s that easy. Buy a ticket, be a supporter.
$100 and above
Receive the above and reserved seating! Okay, that’s silly. You can sit wherever you want. BUT $100 and above makes you a donor, not just a ticket buyer, and you can get a tax deduction and name on the Marathon website as a PRODUCER! Because you helped us produce the show, and that’s really, really important.
$1,500 – Commissions!
This is a very special category indeed. We are going to try to commission as many pieces as we can over the next few months, before we can all settle into a venue together to hear music together. So…for each $1,500 gift, we will apply the funds in equal parts to the composer, to the performer and to the Marathon fund that keeps this all going. If you want to know more about these commissions, just send an email to Tim Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, when you give $1,500, we’ll contact YOU with info on your composer and when the piece will be premiered. You will also receive a signed score from the composer and our undying gratitude.
Bang on a Can is grateful for the support of these crucial funders:
Bang on a Can’s 2021 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, Jeffrey Calman, Charina Endowment Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Exploring the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation,, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, MAP Fund, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.
Bang on a Can’s Board of Directors: Michael Kushner, president; Sandra Tait, vice-president; Alan Kifferstein, Treasurer; Robert A. Skirnick, secretary. Betto Arcos, Daniel Baldini, Jeffrey Bishop, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Calman, Michael Gordon, Lynette Jaffe, David Lang, Leslie Lassiter, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Elizabeth Murrell, Jane Stewart, Julia Wolfe, Adam Wolfensohn
Bang on a Can Staff:
Artistic Directors: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Executive Director: Kenny Savelson
Development Director & OneBeat Oversight: Tim Thomas
Project Manager: Philippa Thompson
Producer: Sruly Lazaros
1Beat Co-Directors: Chris Marianetti, Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park
1Beat Managers: Kyla-Rose Smith and Ezra Tenenbaum
Accounts Manager: Brian Petuch
Online Store Manager: Adam Cuthbert
Archive Content Manager: Matt Evans
Assistant Store Manager: Cassie Wieland
Publicity: Jensen Artists
Commissioners of New Work at the live online Bang on a Can Online Marathons include: Alan Baker, Alan Lewine, Alvin Lucier, Anonymous, Arlene & Larry Dunn, ASCAP Foundation, Beth Robinson, Charles Reade, Connie Steensma & Richard Prins, Dave Lake & Linda Wright, David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman, Carl Meier Family, George Lewis, Gordon Nicol, Herb Leventer, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jack Homer & Emily Hartzog, Jane & Dick Stewart, Jani Narvefeffer, John Driscoll, Lawrence Greenfield, Lisa Bauso & Joe Rojas, Liz & Greg Lutz and Pamela Drexel, Margaret Cullum, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Meredith Monk, Michael Kushner, Oscar Gerardo, Raulee Marcus, Richard Ferrante, Rob Mason and RPM Commissioning Fund, Robert Bielecki Foundation, Russ Irwin, Stephen Block
Support of the Marathon Performers comes from the Williamson Foundation for Music. Support of Composers/Commissions comes from the ASCAP Foundation. Both funders have been key supporters of our Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, which we look forward to in 2021!
Marathon 2020-21 producers at $100 and Above: Robert Abrams, Dana & Jay Ague, Eric Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum & Stan Allen, Eric Anderson, Victoria Aschheim, Alan Baker, Katherine Barton, Carolyn Beck, Catherine Benoit, Mary & Sheldon Berlow, Robert Bielecki, Roslyn Biskin, Gina Biver, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Bishop, Susan Boiko, Bill Bragin, Jeffrey Brooks & Maura Bosch, Donald Brenneis, Elizabeth Brown, Kurt Brown, Ty Burr, Jeffrey Calman, Kathryn Camicia, Ashley Capps, Betsy Carroll, David Chase, Jennifer Choi, Galen Chuang, Mark Cohen, Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Julie Courtney, Madeleine Crouch, Roberta Cummings, Richard Cummings, Aaron Cutler, Phil D’Elia, Werner deFoe, Steven & Karen DeGennaro, Paul Dellevigne, Nina Di Leo, Robert Dickerson, Yun Du, Lynn Easley, Amy Zell Ellsworth, Christopher Evans, David Falconer, William Falls, Neil Feldman, Julia Fought, Richard Frank, Judith Friedman, Christine Garapic, Katie Geissinger, Philip George, Oscar Gerardo, Daniel Glidden, Peter and Celia Gourevitch-Falicov, Diane Guvenis, Karen Halvorson, Ann Hamilton, Adrienne Harris, Guy Hedreen, Ross Hill, Logan Holmes, Jake Holmes, Karen Holtzman, Bernard and Marilyn Horowitz, Zona Hostetler, JC & Nancy Hotchkiss, Linda Hutchins, JP Jenks, Carl Johnson, Bronwen Jones, Kris Kaiser, Gary Karr, Kent Karnofski, Gary Karr, Kevin Kennefick, Sue Killam, Christine Kim, Klimchak Music, Jason Knutson, Charles Koci, Alice Kornhauser, Richard Kuczkowski & Mia Leo, Lisa Kuneman and Chris Zappala, William Kurtzer, Linda Kussisito, Robert Kyr, David Lake, Robin Lakes, Alexandra LaMond, James Lampe, Jack Lampl, Daniel Lang, Lisa Lang, Michele Lerner, Scott Lescher, Tommy Lind, Carla Lord, Selma Lotenberg, Addison MacDonald, William Macholdt, Steven Marsh, Paula Matthusen, Sean McCain, John McDonald, James McElwee, Ruth Meier, Christopher Michel, Jeremy Mindich, Ruben Naeff, Cooper Neil, Julia Nelson, Ken Nielsen, Jeremy Newberger, L J Newman, Ken Nielsen, Bruce Oltman, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, Luis Orozco, Steve Paxton, Elizabeth Peyton, Doug Perkins, Scott Pollard, Patricia Raley, Vyjayanthi Rao, Rachel Reichman, Sara Renar, Mark Robbins, James Rosenfield, Norman D. Ryan, Karen Sander, Tim Savinar, Marilyn Scannell, Kathleen Scharf, Diane Schelp, Ursel Schlicht, Cis and Jim Serling, Arlene Shechet, Jacob Shenker, Abby Sher, Hubertus Siegert, Clark Silcox, Valerie Smith, Mark Solomon, James Staley, Alan Stanbridge, Tom Steenland, Joel Stein, Dava Stravinsky, Robert Stein, April Stewart Klausner, Dava Stravinsky, Diana & Mike Sworakowski, Michael Thomson, Torin Thurston, Jill & Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Emily Todd, Vince Tseng, Debra Vilinsky, Andrew Wallach, Harry White, Andrew Flora Wong, William Worn, Bonnie Wright, Peter Zirnite
And thank you to our Ticket Buyers at $25 and above: Mark Adams, Joseph Adelaars, Christopher Adler, Geoffrey Albert, James Alexander, Laura Alexander, Peter Allen, Simon Allen, Jim Allen, Lisa Allison, Abiud Amaro Diaz, Charles Amirkhanian, Nancy Anderson, Marc Andren, Bryan Archer, Rita Asch, Heidi Asundi, Arthur Baer, Richard Baitz, Lawrence Banks, Robert Barber, David Barker-Plummer, Joan Baron, Steve Bartek, Sharah Bassard, Ellizabeth Bassemir, Carolyn Beck, Mark Beiderbecke, Leonard Belasco, Mary Berlow, Andrea Berne, Paige and Tom Bevis, Mary Biedebach, Ted Bietz, Larry Birstock, Gina Biver, Mark Blackman, Larry Blatecky, Fred Bogin, Mark Borg, Juli Borst, Maura Bosch, Teddy Dean Boys, Louise Bozorth, Bill Bragin, Margit Brand, Emanuele Breda, Tim Brennan, Monique Briggs, Susan Brilliant, Lisa Brinker, Scott Brinkerhoff, Joey Brown, Neely Bruce, Jon Brunelle, Pat Bruns, Pamela Buchholz, Gordana Buhac, Pat Burkhard, Sharon Burklund, Dirk Buhrmann, Ty Burr, Mickey Butts, Madelyn Byrne, Vicki Cabot, Nancy Cadet, Colin Cahill, Leslie Cardell, Robert Carley, Aannette Carlozzi, Omar Carmenates, Elizabeth Carroll, Frederick Casey, Jody Cassell, Luigi Castiglioni, Thomas Catlaw, Daniel Chandler, Charles Chapman, Carlton Chase, David Chase, Roger Chase, Paul Chavez, Young Soon Cho Jaquet, Tom Choi, Laura Christensen, Ty Citerman, Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, John Coldwell, Ashley Collins, Matt Comeione, Heidi Coplin, Ashley Collins, Tom Corrado, Lindsay Coughtry, Mitzi Cowell, Rick Cox, Anthony Creamer, Jason Crimmins, Madeleine Crouch, Rodney Crumrine, Karen Cummings, Corey Curtis, Aaron Cutler, Gregory Darms, Michael Daugherty, Kim Davies, Sheila Davies Sumner, Nathan Davis, Pamela Davis, Paul Dellevigne, Paul Demosthenes, Katharine DeShaw, Patricia Deuter, Mario Diaz de Leon, Nina Di Leo, Robert Dickerson, Fiona Digney, Thomas Dolan, Sean Donovan, Jean Dowdall, Pamela Drexel, David Drexler, John Driscoll, Janice Driesbach, Dana Duff, Gillian Dunn, Lynn Easley, Christopher Eckdahl, Elaine Edelman, Peter Eichen, Diane Eisenstat, Daniel Elias, Stephen Engelmann, Janeil Engelstad, Matthew Evangelista, Mike Evers, Mike Evers, Michael Fagan, Margery Fain, Ted and Leila Falk, William Falls, Ralph Farris, Susan Feder, Alan Feller, David Felton, Richard Ferrante, Melissa Ferreira, Thomas Field, Chris Fielder, James Findlay, Kelly Fitz, Donald Fortescue, Alice Fox, Daniel Fox, Verena Foxx, Peter Frandsen, Susan Frankel, Michael Frankhuizen, Phylis Franklin, Tovia Freedman, Ilene Furgang, Kaja Gam, Ariana Garber, Sandra Garner, Harold Garrett-Goodyear, Rex Gaskins, Alan Gaynor, Katie Geissinger, Katie Geissinger, Andra Georges, Ruth Geos, Monica Germino, Ron Gianola, Rachel Gibson, Nancy Ginter, David Gladstein, Neil Glassman, Rose Gonzalez, Brian Good, Janet & Beth Goodell-Scannell, Matthew Gordon, Jack Gorman, David Gorsline, Robert Gould, Thomas Granvold, David Graves, Abner Greene, Wade Greene, Judd Greenstein, Arwen Griffith, Gareth Griffiths, Cheri Grinnell, Sue Gronewold, Augusta Gross, Robert Grubbs, Dave Grzyb, Rhoda Gubernick, John Guppy, Donald Haig, Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, Rachel Hands, Bob Harberts, Elliot Harmon, Brian Harris, Kathleen Harris, Michael Harrison, David Harlan, Elliot Harmon, Kathleen Harris, Steven Hart, Susan Hartzell, Anne Hege, Charles Hendrick, George Henik, Jerome Hentsch, Juan Herrera, Barbara Hertel, Orit Hilewicz, Christopher Hill, Christopher Hill, Lance Hodes, Richard Hoffman, Schuyler Hoffman, Vicki Holcomb, James Holt, Jeaninne Honstein, Robert Honstein, Susan Horowitz, Stephen Horton, JC Hotchkiss, Peter Houk, Robert Howell, Philipp Hullmann, Jon Hurd, Bryan Huttenhower, Mark Irwin, Ava Jacobi, Scott Jackson, Risa Jaroslow, Kelly Jarrett, Alan Jenkins, Sarah Jesudason, Carla E. Jimenez, Carl Johnson, Donald Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Carl Johnson, Christina Johnson, Alexander Johnston, Zoe Johnstone, Mary Margaret Jones, John Jowett, Molly Joyce, Arnold Kalmbach, Kent Karnofski, Tom Kanthak, Lisa Kaplan, James Karela, Melanie Kasten-Krause, Pavel Katsev, Shinji Kawamoto, Debra Kaye, Robert Kearney, Terry Kearns, Cheryl Keepers, Tracy Kellmer, Daniel Kelman, Dawna Kemper, Clement Kent, Richard Kent, David Keogh, Paul Kerekes, Sue Killam, Isabel Kim, Byron Kim, Dave King, John King, Pamela Kivelson, Robert Klavas, Guy & Jan Klucevsek, Elizabeth Knowles-O’Hare, Stephen Kolderup, Jamey Kollar, Tim Konolige, Rosalie Kornblau, Axel Kraus, Thomas Kriegsman, Tracy Kukkonen, Paricia Kulawiak, Dik Lampen, Jodie Landau, Lisa Lang, Dan Langa, Daniel Lang, Dan Langa, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Gary Larson, Tom Law, Sarah Lazin, Pascal Le Boeuf, Julie Lees, Herb Leventer, Marsha Levin-Rojer, Andy Levine, Renee Levine Packer, Mark Lewin, Harold Lichtin, David Lieberman, George Liebert, Kirsten Lies-Warfield, Leah Lievrouw, Tommy LInd, Wendy Lindbergh, Denise Loggins, Jane Lombard, Terry Longshore, Jose Alonso Lopez Romo, Carla Lord, Selene Ma, David MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, Thomas Mack, Edward MacKay, Mary Madigan, Elizabeth Majerus, George Mallis, Don Mankin, Anne-Marie Markan, Ross Marshall, Alexandra Martinez, Bill Mascioli, John Mastarone, Melissa Mazzoli, Laurie McCants, David McGuire, David McGuire, Maureen McLane, Rohana McLaughlin, Craig McNutt, Ruth Meier, Lynne Metty, Aaron Miller, Jeffrey Mills, Linda Milstein, Patrick Miqueu, Ruth Miller, Paula Mlyn, Andrea Moed, Sarah Monahan, Ryan Moran, Gayle Morgan, Elizabeth Morrison, Marilyn Munsterman, Sean Murphy, Thomas Myernick, Ben Nathanson, Cooper Neil, Thomas Neiman, Tobin Nellhaus, Russell Nelson, Brandon Neubauer, Cynthia Nicely, Mark Niedermier, Michael Niemann, Robert Nirkind, Eleanor Nussbaum, James O’Donnell, Peter O’Gorman, Barbara Okishoff, Rick O’Neal, John O’Shaughnessy, John O’Toole, John Ochsendorf, Selma Odom, Takuya Oi, David Oppenheimer, Michael Organ, Nicholas Osborn, Charles Outhier, Jules Painchaud, Stephanie Palmer, Mark Palmgren, Isabelle Pannetonh, Mindy Paquin, Elaine Pardoe, Gemma Park, Helen Park, Francis Patrick, Yves Perrier, Roger Phillips, Miriam Pierce, Day Piercy, Janice Pilch, Diana Pinto, Alli Poirot, James Poke, Scott Pollard, Berno Odo Polzer, Claudia Portogallo, Aliki Potiris, Kristin Pulkkinen, Timothy Quinn, Sue & Mike Radlauer, Dean Rainey, Patricia Raley, Monika Rammelt, Brendon Randall-Myers, Namira Rasman, Jennifer Reddy, Jeanee Redmond, Rachel Reichman, Linda Reinisch, Marja Rexwinkel, Zach Rice, Michael Roach, Meghan Robertson-Labbee, Phyllis Robinson, Rogerio Rodrigues, Sara Ronar, James Rosenfield, Randy Rosso, Marina Rothman, Jay Rozen, Nancy Ruppenthal, Lite Sabin, John Sagan, Jeanne Saier, Frank Sakalinis, Paul Salinger, Anita Salustro, James Sanford, Nathan Schimke, Elia Schoomer, Ursel Schlicht, Janet Schreiber, Gabriel Schuyler, Collette Sell, David Senie, Daryl Shawn, Richard Shaw, Pi-Hsun Shih, Irene Sieben, Jason Sigal, Steve Silberman, Kate Simmons, Barbara Simms, Joseph Simonetti, Barry Simon, Debra Simon, Dutcher Snedeker, Emily Socolov, Alisa Solomon, Eva Soltes, Justin Sowa, Sergio Spedo, Kathy Stackhouse, Douglas Stapleton, Peter Stastny, Naomi Stein, Peter Stepek, Kathryn Stewart, Ron Story, Jill Strominger, David Suisman, Jameson Swanagon, Steven Swartz, Mazz Swift, Diana Sworakowski, Dobrinka T., Irene Talbott, Donna Tapper, Naomi Tarantal, Peter and Janann Taylor, Sarah Teitler, Chris Theofanidis, James Thirlwell, Doug Thomas, Jean & Jim Thomas, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Marika Tjelios, Ola Torstensson, Cia Toscanini, Jonathan Tregear, Chris Trivell, Michael Tucker, Stan Tymorek, Jose Uribe, Jacqui Uys, Hans van Bemmelen, Henk van den Brink, Kees van Prooijen, Halla Thorsteinsdottir, Ola Torstensson, Irene Trudel, Stan Tymorek, Mark Unverzagt, Hans van Bemmelen, Daniel Van Hassel, Matthew Vernon, Anton Vishio, Alexandra Walcott, Stuart Walsman, Joel Walfish, Andrew Walker, Debbie Walker, Kelly Walker, Adam Walter, Stephen Want, Joseph Ward, Sara Washington, Philip Webb, David Weiner, Jonathan Weinert, David Weller, Rebecca Weller, Brad Wells, C. 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