Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade Popular Music History Opens in St. Ann’s Tonight



The St. Ann’s Warehouse kicks off its 2016-17 season on September 15 with the world premiere of Taylor Mac’s A 24-decade history of popular music. Mac’s epic work, told through 240 songs, traces American history from 1776 to the present day.

Made by Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is scheduled to play through October 8 at Brooklyn Stadium. The world premiere culminates five years of concert development and staging, including performances at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, Joe’s Pub and New York Live Arts.

The show is presented as a “work of an insanely ambitious duration”. It is presented as a series of concerts spanning three decades each, with Mac accompanied by an orchestra of 24 musicians and 76 special guests, including burlesque dancers and “Tiny Tims”.

A musician is due out after every decade, until Mac is left alone to perform the last decade, featuring original songs, as part of the final three-hour concert, 1986-2016 (October 3). For one time only, Mac will also feature a 24-hour non-stop marathon spanning the entire period of October 8, marking the first time that work will be done continuously.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music was created by Mac in collaboration with Matt Ray, who arranged all 246 songs for the show and conducts the 24-member orchestra and four backing singers. Mac’s intricate costumes are from Machine Dazzle; Niegel Smith co-directs; Jocelyn Clarke is a playwright; the scenography is by Mimi Lien; and lighting design is by John Torres.

The creative team also includes sound designers Jamie McElhinney and David Schnirman / Hear No Evil Inc .; and makeup artist Anastasia Durasova. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women, is a choreographic consultant.

For tickets and the full concert schedule, visit StannsWarehouse.org, call (718) 254-8779 and (866) 811-4111. The new St. Ann’s Warehouse is located at 45 Water Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.



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