Iconic composer/singer/director/choreographer Meredith Monk returns to the West Kortright Centre for her 11th performance at the venue since 1979. On Saturday, July 7, starting at 7:30pm, Meredith Monk takes the stage with four members of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble—Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin,Allison Easter, and Ellen Fisher—for an evening of music from her newest work, Cellular Songs.
This event is a fundraiser for the MVB Fund in honor of The Centre’s newly retired executive director, Martha Van Burek. This dedicated on-going account is intended to subsidize program expenses in honor of Martha Van Burek's amazing career. In her 31 years as head of The WKC, Martha's energy, enthusiasm, compassion, and hard work enriched our community in countless ways and turned this beautiful local landmark into a pre-eminent national arts organization. After all these years of negotiating with artists to play at The Centre for reduced fees to accommodate its small programming budget, Martha often wished that there was money set aside to subsidize the required fees to bring certain performers that The WKC just couldn’t afford.
$100 Donor Ticket includes preferred seating and special post-concert champagne and dessert reception with the performers. Limited $40 concert-only rear seating is available, $25 with student ID; call The Centre at (607) 278-5454 for more information.
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, Meredith Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument has expanded the boundaries of musical composition by creating landscapes of sound. 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, Cellular Songs,premiered to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2018.
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.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from Route 23 in Davenport Center or Route 10 east of Delhi. For exact travel directions, more information, or online ticket purchases, visit www.westkc.org.