Cancelled: Sō Percussion 2020 Gala

So Percussion 2020 Gala - Honoring Joseph Melillo and Julia Wolfe

CANCELLED: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you know, it was our fond plan to celebrate visionary programmer Joseph Melillo and lauded composer Julia Wolfe at our April 28, 2020 Gala.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping every facet of life and society, the CDC’s recommendation to suspend all gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks gives us a simple conclusion; this year’s gala has been cancelled, and will not be rescheduled.

If you have already purchased a ticket or table, please contact Julia Bumke at if you would like a refund.

All non-refunded gifts will be reallocated to support Sō’s ongoing mission of concerts, collaboration, and community through our general operating expenses.

When gatherings are once again possible, we will invite our supporters to join us for series of personal house concerts – stay tuned for more information when the situation becomes clearer!

In the meantime, we are sending you our thanks, and warm wishes for your health and safety,

Jason, Josh, Eric, Adam, Julia, and Shelby

JOSEPH MELILLO was BAM’s executive producer from 1999 through 2018, where he was responsible for the artistic direction of theater, dance, music, visual art, film, and more at the multi-venue arts center. Prior to that, working with President/Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein, Melillo served as BAM’s producing director, following a six-year tenure as founding director of the BAM Next Wave Festival. Over 35 years at BAM, Melillo programmed the work of emerging and established artists such as Pina Bausch, Philip Glass, Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Merce Cunningham, Robert Wilson, Urban Bush Women, Ivo van Hove, Ralph Lemon, Anne Bogart, Cheek by Jowl, Reggie Wilson, Mark Morris, and Michelle Dorrance, among many others. His awards include the Medal of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2019) and an OBE (Great Britain). Melillo has served on the US Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. He was awarded the title of Knight of the National Order of Québec in 2016, and received the 2018 Bessies Presenter Award for Outstanding Curating. Melillo has served as an adjudicator/panelist for award-giving and honorary bodies including the Praemium Imperiale, Japan Art Association; Wexner Prize, Wexner Center for the Arts; Pew Fellowship in the Arts; and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. 

JULIA WOLFE draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her music has been heard at venues throughout the world and has been recorded on Cantaloupe Music, Teldec, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Argo/Decca. The 2019 world premiere of Fire in my mouth, a large-scale work for orchestra and women’s chorus, by the New York Philharmonic with The Crossing and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, received extensive acclaim. The work is the third in a series of compositions about the American worker, following 2009’s Steel Hammer; and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Anthracite Fields, a concert-length oratorio for chorus and instruments. In addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize, Wolfe was a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, she received the 2015 Herb Alpert Award in Music, and was named Musical America’s 2019 Composer of the Year. She is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School and is co-founder/co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. Her music is published by Red Poppy, Ltd. (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by Ricordi/Universal Music Classical.