I'm afraid that after a 6.5-hour soundcheck at the Whitney, immediately followed by a performance of Death of Klinghoffer (seated in the audience, behind two of the rudest, most immature twits I've encountered in years), I'm too tired to be particularly articulate. But I feel remiss in not putting the word out that I'm performing with my group The M6 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York this Sunday afternoon (yes, we know it's Super Bowl Sunday) as part of:
MEREDITH MONK MUSIC @ THE WHITNEY
A one-day-only four-hour performance marathon
The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Meredith Monk Music @ the Whitney, featuring highlights from 43 years of work by the eminent composer, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist.
Meredith Monk's long relationship with the Whitney began in 1970 when she gave the first full concert of her music as part of the Museum's legendary Composers' Showcase series. Now, in a historic return to the Whitney, Monk and her Vocal Ensemble perform early material like Vessel Suite (1971) and more recent work like her haunting and witty Songs of Ascension (2008). Other works in the concert will include Stringsongs (2004), Monk’s first string quartet (written for Kronos); music from ATLAS, a 1991 opera; and Gotham Lullaby (1974), Tablet (1976), Dolmen Music (1979), Lonely Spirit (1991), and Double Fiesta (1986). In addition, author Rick Moody will read his story Boys accompanied by four voices performing a piece originally composed for NPR’s The Next Big Thing.
Sunday, February 1, 2-6pm
Whitney Museum of American Art
Madison and 75th Street
Admission to the event is free with paid Museum admission. No reservations, no reserved seating, no special ticketing.
The museum opens at 11am and admission to the museum and the event are one and the same. Doors to the 3rd floor gallery, where the performances will take place, open at 1:30. Starting at 2, it'll basically be four hours of continuous performances and screenings in one huge room where audiences are free to come and go as you please. Everyone's doing various things during the course of the afternoon, but the big M6 hour will be sometime between 3pm and 4:30pm.
If you're in New York, please come! It will be quite an event. And the show finishes right at 6, so it's not like you'll miss much of the game anyway.