Commissioned by the People

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform a newly-commissioned work, revisit one of their first commissioned pieces, and more. Hear "Song Before Love Songs (a post-apocalyptic requiem for the human race)" by Cynthia Hopkins, and featuring the singing voices of the All-Stars. Plus, there's the work for a banana-eating percussionist - The Plonsey Episodes - by Dan Plonsey, and a special bonus encore piece by Philip Glass.

Click here to view a slideshow of this New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall.

PROGRAM #2383, From New Sounds Live: The Annual Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert (First aired on March 4, 2005O





Bang on a Can All-Stars

New Sounds Live, Merkin Hall, 2/3/05

Cynthia Hopkins: Song Before Love Songs (a post-apocalyptic requiem for the human race) [16:30]

Dan Plonsey: The Plonsey Episodes [20:00]

Philip Glass: Closing [4:00]

These performances not commercially available. More info about Bang on a Can at:

Cynthia Hopkins’ projects include Gloria Deluxe:

Dan Plonsey’s website:

This performance not available, but a version of Closing can be found on “Glassworks,” Sony Masterworks MK 37265
Philip Glass’s website is:

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