September 26, 2012                                                             Contact: Sara R. Leonard                                                   Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity   413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music announces the continuation of the 2012-13 Music at Amherst Parallels Series with a concert by Meredith Monk on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. The concert takes place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are free, but required; seating is by general admission.

Internationally acclaimed MacArthur “Genius” Monk is regarded as both a “magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers.” Her wordless music embodies an alchemical mixture of technical virtuosity, poignant directness, interpretive suppleness and palpable excitement. The Plain Dealer writes, “A composer, singer and theater artist for whom experimentation has led to wondrous discovery, Monk conjures up a spectrum of colorful and evocative sounds from her one-of-a-kind vocal instrument. The results are haunting, poignant, terrifying and sometimes screamingly funny.” Monk’s performance at Amherst will demonstrate her groundbreaking technique and profound understanding of the voice’s flexibility and expressive depth.

This event is co-sponsored by the 2012-13 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium “Art in Place/The Place of Art” and generously supported by the Amherst Art Series Fund.

The box office for these performances opens to the public on Monday, Oct. 8. Tickets are free; there is a limit of five per person. For reservations or more information contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or