Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2015-2016

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015 at 8 PM - Founder's Day

Photo: Meredith Monk

photo credit: Julieta Cervantes

Coolidge Auditorium

Meredith Monk, Voice and Piano   |    Katie Geissinger, Voice
Allison Sniffin, Voice and Piano   |    Bohdan Hilash, Woodwinds

The visionary artist Meredith Monk has been deemed “a magician of the voice” (The New York Times), and “one of America’s coolest composers” (Time Out New York). Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented by Lincoln Center, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. In this program she and her acclaimed vocal ensemble illustrate her range as a composer and her engagement with performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation.


Selections from Juice, Songs from the Hill and Light Songs
“Gotham Lullaby”
“Madwoman’s Vision”
“Choosing Companions,” from ATLAS: an opera in three parts
“Hips Dance,” from Volcano Songs: Duets
“Prayer II,” from The Politics Of Quiet
“Scared Song”
Selections from mercy:
     “woman at the door”

“clusters 3,” from Songs of Ascension
Selections from The Games:
     “Panda Chant I”
     “Memory Song”

“masks” from mercy
“between song,” from impermanence

This performance is SOLD OUT. However, a limited number of RUSH tickets is available, at no cost, 2 hours before each performance. Patrons are strongly encouraged to try for a RUSH ticket at the door. Due to no-shows and returned tickets, some seats are ALWAYS available for sold out performances at curtain. RUSH tickets are offered on a space-available basis. Seats are not guaranteed.

6:30 PM - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)

“A leading role: a conversation on women in the music world,” Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; Margaret Lioi, President and CEO, Chamber Music America; Astrid Schween, Cellist, Juilliard String Quartet.

Nightcap Conversation
with Meredith Monk (following the performance)