Staff Pick: Music by David Lang

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Anyone who says "classical music is boring" has never heard composer David Lang's music. His energetic post-minimalist pieces are equally at home in traditional concert halls and in bars with clanking beer bottles and rowdy fans. Albums of his compositions have been positively reviewed by the indie-rock tastemakers at Pitchfork, and his new-music collective Bang on a Can throws an annual festival self-described as "Lollapalooza advised by the ghost of John Cage."

Who is David Lang, you ask? He's a 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner who will visit Columbus next week to work with faculty and students at Ohio State. A free concert Wednesday night will feature some of the composer's works for small ensembles.

One of the evening's highlights will be "Born to Be Wild," Lang's take on the song by Steppenwolf. Susan Powell, one of Ohio State's percussion professors, will hold two sticks in each hand, quickly maneuvering to strike an assortment of metal objects while speaking the lyrics from the popular rock song. It's badass.

Be wild:

Weigel Auditorium

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18

1866 College Rd., Campus