This event is a fundraiser for the MVB Fund in honor of retiring executive director Martha Van Burek. $100 Donor Tickets can be purchased online at the bottom of this page, or call the office. Donor tickets include preferred seating and special post-concert champagne reception with the performers. Limited $40 concert-only rear seating may be available, $25 with student ID; call The Centre at (607) 278-5454 for more information. If you can’t make it to this event, but want to make a donation, you can do so here:
Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk presents a concert of music from her newest work, Cellular Songs, with the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble. A “deeply affecting meditation on the nature of the biological cell as a metaphor for human society” (Financial Times), Cellular Songs features some of Monk’s most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, paired with violin, piano and keyboard. Over the course of the evening, shimmering, multi-dimensional musical forms evoke such biological processes as layering, replication, division, and mutation. Cellular Songs premiered to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2018.
Meredith Monk, voice and keyboard Allison Easter, voice Ellen Fisher, voice Katie Geissinger, voice Allison Sniffin, voice and keyboard
“As [Monk] sang, there was a palpable sense of love and joy between her and the audience that spoke volumes. An antidote to the troubled times we live in” —Virginia Webb, Financial Times.
“[Monk] may loom even larger as the new century unfolds, and later generations will envy those who got to see her live” —Alex Ross, The New Yorker.
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble consists of some of the finest and most adventurous performers active in new music. Founded in 1978 to further expand Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the human voice, the Ensemble has received multiple awards and critical acclaim, including a 2008 GRAMMY nomination for impermanence. Appearing in festivals, theaters and concert halls around the world, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble can also be heard on numerous recordings on the ECM New Music Series label