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Composer Meredith Monk to discuss her work, March 13

singer, director and choreographer Meredith Monk will discuss her work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in 106 Woolworth as part of the Department of Music's Composers Colloquium series.

Monk, the creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations, is a pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance." She creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, and light and sound. During a career that spans more than 35 years, she has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts.

Monk has received numerous awards, including the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award in 1995, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, three "Obies" (including an award for sustained achievement), two Villager Awards, a "Bessie" for Sustained Creative Achievement, the 1986 National Music Theatre Award, 16 ASCAP Awards for Musical Composition and the 1992 Dance Magazine Award.

In 1968, Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1978, she formed Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble to expand her musical textures and forms. She has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label. Her current projects include a series of pieces with electronic composer David Berhman and Monk's first orchestral piece commissioned by Michael Tilson Thomas for the New World Symphony.

For more information, contact Stefan Weisman .

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