Music for Merce CD Release Event Sunday March 20, 2011
There will be two shows: 5PM-7PM EST 8:30PM-10:30PM EST
The Music Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) will present two one-night-only concerts on Sunday, March 20, 2011, to celebrate the release of “Music for Merce,” a 10-CD boxed set from New World Records. From 5 – 7 and from 8:30 - 11 pm, the concerts offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audiences to witness the remarkable breadth and vitality of the musical community—from John Cage to David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, and generations of experimental musicians—that played a critical role in Merce’s life and work.
The concerts will include performances by composers and musicians featured on the boxed set, as well as many others, including: Christian Wolff, David Behrman, John King, Gordon Mumma, Takehisa Kosugi, Jon Gibson, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Joan La Barbara, Stephan Moore, Jesse Stiles, George Lewis, Fast Forward, Marina Rosenfeld, Ikue Mori, Alvin Curran, Matana Roberts, Shelley Burgon, and Miguel Frasconi.
Noted music scholar Amy C. Beal, whose essay accompanies the boxed set, and David Vaughan, archivist for the Cunningham Dance Foundation, will also speak during the evening about Merce’s influence and relationship with new music.
“Music for Merce” boxed sets will be available for purchase and the featured artists will be available to sign CDs following the concert.