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August 21, 2008
Bang on Can Bangs on TV

One of the more daring classical musical organizations of the last 20 years -- Bang on a Can - will be featured on a segment of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" tonight on PBS.

Bang on a Can was started 21 years ago by three young composers from the Yale School of Music -- Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. David Lang won a Pulitzer Prize in music earlier this year. The organization has grown into a $1 million plus organization of great influence that garners commissions from the likes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.

Through its record label -- Cantaloupe Music, the organization has also been elemental in bringing such genre-bending musical ensembles like So Percussion and Ethel into the contemporary classical music mainstream.

The segment will be the second one in the program and will air on KVIE at 6 p.m. tonight.

For fans of new and contemporary classical music this segment should provide some interesting food for thought.


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