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Meredith Monk with Katie Geissinger & Allison Sniffin: 50 Years of New Music

July 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$16 – $32

—4Oth Anniversary All-Stars Performance Series—
Meredith has been here 10 times from 1979-2010 , we couldn’t get enough, and so she’s back!!!


The West Kortright Centre continues its 40th anniversary all-star performance series with the iconic composer/singer/director/choreographer Meredith Monk. Last at The Centre in 2010, Monk returns on July 25 for her 10th performance there since 1979. The concert will be preceded on Wednesday, July 22 by a screening of her new documentary film, Girlchild Diary.

The July 22 7PM screening includes rare archival footage from performances of Monk’s seminal work, Education of the Girlchild, and centers on a reunion of the original cast members for a revival of the work at the Joyce Theater in 1993. It offers an expansive view of a historical piece that has lasted the ages and continues to inspire audiences worldwide. Because of Monk’s ties to our region, much of the feature-length film was shot in Delaware County. As at the film’s January premiere at Lincoln Center, it will be followed by a discussion with Meredith Monk and her early collaborators and cast members, Lanny Harrison and Coco Pekelis Dalton.

On Saturday, July 25 at 8PM, Meredith Monk takes the stage with two members of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin. Considered one of the most significant creator/performers of the past fifty years and a pioneer of “extended vocal technique,” “site-specific,” and “interdisciplinary” performance, Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument has expanded the boundaries of musical composition by creating landscapes of sound. Celebrating The Centre’s 40th season and Monk’s 50th year of creating and performing, they will offer pieces ranging from the 1960s through the present, including selections from Vessel, Volcano Songs, Education of the Girlchild, On Behalf of Nature, and a work-in-progress, Cellular Songs.

Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. She has received numerous honors including the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three “Obies” (including an award for Sustained Achievement), and two “Bessie” awards for Sustained Creative Achievement. She was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Monk is also one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices and recipient of a 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award and a 2011 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts.

In 1968 Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1969, she was the first artist to use the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as a performance space. In 1978 she founded Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to expand her musical textures and forms. More recently, she has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with commissions from Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale, among others. Her newest music-theater piece, On Behalf of Nature, premiered in January 2013 at UCLA and continues touring internationally. Monk just completed her post as the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

Monk has more than a dozen recordings, mostly on the ECM label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence and highly acclaimed Songs of Ascension (2011) and Piano Songs (2014). Her award-winning films, including Ellis Island (1981) and her first feature, Book of Days (1988), have been seen throughout the world. Monk’s music can also be heard in films by directors Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen Brothers, among others.

Tickets for the concert are $32 ($36 day of); $28 Member ($32); $16 Under 19. Tickets available online (below) through 8PM on 7/24. Tickets available at the gate, starting at 7PM on 7/25.
In celebration of The Centre’s 40th Anniversary, anyone who turns 40 in 2015 is welcome to attend for free


July 25, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$16 – $32
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