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Fifty new songs from the Magnetic Fields.
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Saturday December 03, 2016
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NY Premiere
The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Program B)
Sat, Dec 3, 2016
 
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Written and arranged by Stephin Merritt
Produced by the Magnetic Fields in association with Nick Schwartz-Hall
Directed by José Zayas

 
 

Stephin Merritt, the master craftsman behind the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, is one of our great living songwriters—a sardonic Stephen Foster with an expansive literary wit. Celebrating his 50th birthday and a new album on Nonesuch Records, Merritt and band perform two distinct programs of new songs—one for every year of his melodious existence. In a spectacular staging featuring 50 instruments from Merritt’s formidable collection, the seven-member band recounts his five decades on planet Earth, covering everything from bedbugs and Buddhism to his conception by hippies on a houseboat in St. Thomas. 

Each performance will be a separate program. The whole album will take place over two nights: songs 1 through 25 on Fri, Dec 2 and songs 26 through 50 on Sat, Dec 3.

 

Co-commissioned by BAM, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Melbourne Festival. 

 
RUN TIME
1hr 40min with intermission
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“Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop’s most beloved and influential artists.”
— The New York Times
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