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About This Program

Approximate length 2:00

Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” In anticipation of her Vocal Ensemble's performance of The Soul’s Messenger, Celebrating 50 Years of New Music at The O’Shaughnessy Theater in Saint Paul, copresented with the Walker, Monk joins Walker Art Center’s Philip Bither for a rare and intimate conversation about her life and her art.

“...She is at once fearless, unique, uncompromising and yet builds human values into work that is never polemical, and has communicated across genre boundaries long before 'crossover' was even a term.” —The Washington Post

“A composer, singer and theater artist for whom experimentation has led to wondrous discovery, Monk conjures up a specturm of colorful and evocative sounds from her one-of-a-kind vocal instrument.” —The Plain Dealer

Presented as part of the Gertrude Lippincott Talking Dance Series made possible by generous support from Judith Brin Ingber.

Walker Art Center Performance

See Meredith Monk perform The Soul's Messenger, Celebrating 50 Years of New Music on April 16, 2016 at the O'Shaughnessy Theater.

Music in the Making

Presented by the SPCO, MPR, and American Composers Forum

This Music in the Making event is FREE and does not require reservations. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis on the night of the event.

Please join us for all of this year's Music in the Making events, intended for music lovers of all stripes and featuring some of today’s most original, prominent and prestigious voices in composition. The 2015.16 season will feature live interviews with distinctive creators Michael Hersch (with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja), Derek Bermel, Meredith Monk and Steven Mackey (with composer/percussionist Jason Treuting & director Mark DeChiazza). The events will take place at venues across the Twin Cities and feature time devoted for audience Q&A and informal post-show receptions. Events are presented in partnership with MPR, Minnesota Opera and American Composers Forum.


SPCO concerts are made possible by audience contributions.


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