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Veteran Avant-Garde Artist Laurie Anderson Returns to Shannon Hall


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Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907


Veteran Avant-Garde Artist Laurie Anderson Returns to Shannon Hall



The Wisconsin Union Theater is delighted to welcome Laurie Anderson to Shannon Hall on Friday, February 9 at 8 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $41/$37/$25, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $43/$39/$25, General Public is $45/$41/$25 and Youth (18 & under) is $20. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.


With a career spanning over 30 years, Anderson is an icon of American avant-garde, a talented performance artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics wiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. Anderson’s recording career launched in 1980 with her first album, O Superman, rising to number two on the British pop charts. She has toured the United States and internationally with shows ranging from simple spoken word to elaborate multimedia spectacles. Her visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the US and Europe. 

In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA, an experience which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance "The End of the Moon." The Museum of Modern Art acquired her “Self-Playing Violin” which was featured in the “Making Music” exhibition in 2008. The next year she was featured in the PBS special “Art 21” at the Guggenheim Museum. As a composer, Anderson has contributed music to films, dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley and a score for Robert LePage’s Far Side of the Moon. She also has created pieces for NPR and the BBC. 


This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Media sponsor is WORT 89.9 FM.