David Lang to Hold Carnegie Hall Composer's Chair

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David Lang, the composer and co-founder of the organization Bang on a Can, has been named the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2013-2014 season. The hall usually unveils this position in January, along with its full season announcement, but some special plans took precedence.

As part of the residency, Lang will be heading up a collaborative workshop in November 2013 called "Creating New Music." Composers and ensembles will be invited to jointly apply for the six-day seminar, which Lang will co-manage with Claire Chase, the flutist and head of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Each accepted group will create a work commissioned by Carnegie, to be premiered in Zankel Hall. The hall is taking applications through February 1, 2013.

Performances of Lang’s work will also take place throughout the 2013-14 season.

Lang won a Pulitzer Prize for his choral work The Little Match Girl Passion in 2007 on a co-commission from Carnegie Hall and the Perth Theater and Concert Hall. The piece, which is formally modeled on Bach's St. Matthew Passion, also won a Grammy Award. Lang is a professor of music at Yale University. He co-founded Bang on a Can in 1987 with fellow composers Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.

Past holders of the Composer's Chair include Osvaldo Golijov (2012-13), Kaija Saariaho (2011-12), Brad Mehldau (2010-11), Louis Andriessen (2009-10) and Thomas Ades (2008-09).

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