Lang at The Sage Gateshead
22nd January 2010
Pulitzer Prize winning American composer David Lang is to be Composer in Association of The Sage Gateshead in a three year relationship from 2010. Lang has been commissioned to write an opera for the Sage Gateshead which will be premiered in the 2011/12 season. He has also been commissioned to write a companion piece for Thomas Tallis’s forty part motet, Spem in Alium, which will be premiered in November 2010. Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. The Sage Gateshead has also commissioned a new concerto for orchestra from Simon Bainbridge.
‘I was lucky that I got to visit The Sage Gateshead when the building was just a shell. It has changed so much in five years, becoming the home to so many great musical activities, which is good news for music lovers everywhere. For me personally I am delighted that I will now get a chance to work in such an amazing place with such amazing musicians, and that I will get to come back year after year to do it. I can't wait!’
‘With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for The Little Match Girl Passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a post-minimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master’
The New Yorker
Since opening on December 17 2004 The Sage Gateshead has welcomed more than 3 million visitors, provided over 200,000 music making sessions and 2,000 performances, held more than 500 conferences with over 100,000 delegates.
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