The third annual Watermill Summer Concert will bring together exceptional artists on an outdoor stage at the laboratory for performance founded by Robert Wilson. Rufus Wainwright and his special guest Kylie Minogue, two extraordinary pop voices, will sing together for the first time on Saturday, August 28 at 4:30 PM at The Watermill Center. The concert will also include DJ Rachel Chandler who will spin for the guests in between sets.
The Watermill Summer Concert is a one-of-a-kind event on the East End of Long Island combining the sleek beauty of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and the breathtaking landscape of the grounds with a live outdoor performance featuring this unique pairing of pop singers. The proceeds of the concert will support Watermill’s Fall and Spring Residency Program that provides young and emerging artists who embrace avant-garde, multidisciplinary approaches with space and time to explore and further develop their work. The artists exhibit or perform their work for the Hamptons, Long Island, and New York community as part of their residency experience.
Lisa Anastos, Valerie Boster, Martin Dawson, Amanda Hearst, Shamim M. Momin, and Dalia Oberlander
About Rufus Wainwright
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He has released eight albums and three DVDs to date, as well as appearing on numerous soundtracks and compilations and collaborating with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Burt Bacharach and the Pet Shop Boys.
Wainwright’s latest album is titled “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.” This album includes the final aria from his first opera, Prima Donna, “Les Feux d’artifice t’appellent,” and three Shakespeare Sonnets which Rufus has gorgeously crafted in his very own inimitable style. They are selected from 24 pieces of music that Rufus wrote for a theatrical production with director Robert Wilson in Berlin. His previous album, Release the Stars, has achieved Gold sales status in Canada and the U.K.
About Kylie Minogue
Twenty-something years at the top of the world’s pop charts, a feat only rivaled by Elton John and Madonna. Fifty million records sold, with 50 hit singles and 10 platinum studio albums (plus several compilations, live albums and countless DVDs).
Although her State-side hits have been fewer she’s well remembered here for her first hit in 1987, “The Loco-motion” (Billboard chart #3 hit), “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” in 2001, a Grammy in 2004 for “Come Into My World,” and four additional Grammy nominations.
Kylie was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music” and the “Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettres” insignia (‘Knight’ in the Order of Arts and Letters) for her “contribution to the enrichment of French culture.” She’s appeared before Royalty in Britain and Europe, received countless gold and platinum discs, sold-out eight record breaking world tours and in 2000 closed the Sydney Olympics.
Of her North American tour last year Billboard said Minogue “had the audience eating out of her petite hands”; and the News of the World proclaimed, “Note-perfect live vocals…. a perfect show… at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.”
Tickets range from $150 to $1000
the latter price including access to a backstage meet-and-greet with the artists after the show
call the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation at 212.253.7484 ext 18
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.