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Announcing the 2018 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

Bang on a Can announces the 17th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, held at MASS MoCA from July 12–28. Featuring public performances, recitals, and lectures, the festival features over 60 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including over 42 fellows selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants from throughout the world. MASS MoCA, "a mindblowing delight," (New York Post) is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the country, with exhibitions spaces dedicated to James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer and Jenny Holzer, among many others.

This year’s featured guest composer is Steve Reich. Other highlights include a performance of BOAC co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, and concerts by Joan Tower, Mark Stewart, and Eve Beglarian. The World Premiere Composer Concert will debut ten new works by young composers written especially for the festival. The legendary Bang on a Can Marathon will conclude the festival, featuring Reich as well as works by Andy Akiho, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Bailey Holland, David Lang, Gyorgy Ligeti, Missy Mazzoli, Finola Merivale, Dobrinka Tabakova, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, Pamela Z, and more.

Since its founding in 2002, over 500 musicians have attended the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, coming from all over the world including places as far away as Malaysia, Argentina, and Uzbekistan. Alumni of the Festival are emerging leaders in the new music field. Many have founded new ensembles, new festivals, new record labels, and new bands.

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