• Bang On a Can All Stars
Cal Performances at Home: Spring Season. Original, full-length performances streamed direct to your home screen.

“‘Steel Hammer’ bangs out a spectacularly inventive social message.”
Los Angeles Times

New Music

Bang on a Can All-Stars

JULIA WOLFE Steel Hammer

For Cal Performances at Home, the group performs Steel Hammer, an acclaimed oratorio by Bang on a Can’s co-founder, Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe—that mines the sounds and stories of Appalachia. Wolfe creates a musical amalgamation of every version of the folktale of “John Henry” that she could get her hands on—more than 200!—and weaves these often contradictory stories into an expansive allegory about the human cost of industrialization. The music marries folk cadences with driving rhythms in Wolfe’s densely layered compositional style, and is performed by three female vocalists and a chamber ensemble that features hammered dulcimer, mouth harp, bones, clogs, banjo, and metal percussion.

“A musical archaeology of a familiar tale—one that preserves, even enlarges, its central mystery” (The New Yorker).

       An Illuminations: Fact or Fiction event >

The Cal Performances at Home Spring 2021 season is dedicated to Gail and Dan Rubinfeld, leading supporters of Cal Performances and the well-being of our artists for almost thirty years.

Patron Sponsor: Françoise Stone 

Premiere Watch Party

Thu, May 6, 2021
7pm PDT

Available on demand until August 4, 2021.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Cal Performances at Home Pricing

The pricing for individual Cal Performances at Home performances is on the honor system and is based on the number of people watching the performance. Or, for the best value, purchase the Spring Stream Pass for $144, which is only $12 per show!


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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.

Premiere Watch Party

Thu, May 6, 2021
7pm PDT

Available on demand until August 4, 2021.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

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