Asphalt Orchestra @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bang On a Can is the original DIY New Music Organization

On January 20, renegade street band Asphalt Orchestra celebrates the opening of the New American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art! This premiere performance event choreographed specifically for the Charles Engelhard Court by Mark DeChiazza and Susan Marshall features all-American music by Frank Zappa, Stew and Heidi Rodewald, and the Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band.

Asphalt also presents a world premiere arrangement of Daniel Read’s Cavalry and William Hauser’s Sons of Sorrow (arr. Ben Holmes)— hymns inspired by field recordings from the 1940s-60s of the Shape Note singing tradition, a distinctly American music developed as a pedagogical tool in New England in the late 18th Century, and later practiced primarily in Southern churches.

Performances are at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm in the Charles Engelhard Court- free with museum admission. More information here

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