May 1, 2012
Bang on a Can Benefit
This was the last event of my two-week stay in New York (I’ll be back mid-June). It was a grand event honoring Adam Wolfensohn, President of the Board for ten years. Cocktail hour began the evening and was enhanced by Mark Stewart’s fun producing playing of plastic tubes and getting the crowd to participate in making elephant noises along with arm swooping elephant trunk gestures. We also were instructed to make mouth/cheek pops on demand. All of us grown-ups happily followed directions. Then elegant dinner was served. At my table were David Little and Eileen Mack, Cia Toscanini, and Murdoch McBride. Throughout the evening the Bang on a Can All Stars played great music (as usual) which was interspersed with laudatory words about Wolfensohn from Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Kenny Savelson and Tim Thomas. The All Stars played music by composers Evan Ziporyn, Colon Nancarrow, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Hermeto Pascoal. A perfect ending to this stay in New York.