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Meredith Monk

Pioneering Performance

January 17, 2017

Meredith Monk

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Special Event: Tuesday, January 17, 5:10 pm at the Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. Considered one of the most significant and influential creative forces in the performing arts of the past fifty years, she is a pioneer of what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Ms. Monk has received numerous awards and honors including a Duke Performing Artist Award, a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and two Guggenheim fellowships. She has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated impermanence. Recently Ms. Monk was named Carnegie Hall’s 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair, an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, and one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. In September 2015, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: On Behalf of Nature, a UMS performance, takes place at the Power Center on Friday, January 20 at 8 pm.

Supported by the University Musical Society.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.