By Pauline Oliveros

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation


The Music Gallery and Public Recordings present
To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation
By Pauline Oliveros

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In the after-shock of the political upheavals of 1968, Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) wrote an orchestral score titled To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation. Proposing a leaderless orchestra within an immersive environment of coloured light, the piece considers music’s capacity to express another way of being together–of orchestrating action through a collective practice of listening.

The Music Gallery hosts the Toronto-based interdisciplinary performance collective Public Recordings, as they learn this score together in a series of public rehearsals in community spaces throughout Toronto. This process culminates in a free performance of the work in Toronto’s City Hall Council Chambers.

Contributing artists: Anne Bourne, Allison Cameron, Prices Easy, Ishan Davé, Ellen Furey, Thom Gill, Claire Harvie, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Germaine Liu, Bee Pallomina, Liz Peterson, Anni Spadafora, Evan Webber, Christopher Willes, Brian Solomon and others. Rehearsal direction: Kate Nankervis.

Produced by Public Recordings and Christopher Willes. Performed courtesy of The Pauline Oliveros Trust. Published by Smith Publications 1973. With financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Happy like a flower.

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There are public rehearsals leading up to this event:

Wednesday February 13th, 6-9pm at University of Toronto – Walter Hall, Basement – 80 Queens Park

Thursday February 14th, 12-5pm at OCAD University, The Great Hall – 100 McCaul St

*All of the spaces are fully accessible

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