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WORLD STAGES: Laurie Anderson: Language of the Future: Letters to Jack (United States)

Friday, March 4, 2016 - Sunday, March 6, 2016


Letters to Jack, a new chapter in Laurie Anderson's exploration of the American narrative, features stories about love & power, the artist's own correspondence with JFK, and a few of Anderson's classic stories.

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Language of the Future: Letters to Jack
Laurie Anderson (United States)
with special guest Rubin Kodheli
Part of the Kennedy Center WORLD STAGES series

Language of the Future
, Laurie Anderson's ongoing exploration of the American narrative and how it is told, is a collection of songs and stories about contemporary culture and crosses borders between dreams, reality, and the elusive world of information. 

This latest chapter of Language of the Future, entitled Letters to Jack, is a new work specially arranged for the Kennedy Center. It features stories about love and power, the artist's childhood correspondence with John "Jack" Kennedy, as well as a few of Anderson's classic stories.
Letters to Jack is also a deep musical conversation between Anderson and transcendent cellist, Rubin Kodheli. Known for blending elements of rock, jazz and classical influences--a stylistic trademark of his eclectic work--Kodheli creates an intriguing sonic collage able to enrapture and captivate audiences. Half improvised and half set, these duets between Anderson and Kodehli combine and confound the electronic and the acoustic string worlds. 

Recommended for age 12 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 70 to 80 minutes, with no intermission.


Watch and Listen

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