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Bang on a Can All-Stars

by Metroland Staff on July 24, 2013

MASS MOCA, SATURDAY

 

This year’s incarnation of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the performance of which headlines the venue’s annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival, will tackle Julia Wolfe’s evening-length art ballad Steel Hammer. The piece draws on the musical and oral traditions of Appalachia, taking text from more than 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, while incorporating banjo, mountain dulcimer, wooden bones and other instruments not common to the chamber-oriented ensemble. (July 27, 8 PM, $15-$35, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)