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
The Watermill Summer
Concert is a one-of-a-kind event in the Hamptons 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.
Last year’s concert headlined by Rufus Wainwright and Norah
Jones drew over 700 music lovers. Isabella Rosselini,
Elettra Rossellini Wiedeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Angelica
Huston, Klaus Biesenbach, Lisa de Kooning, Jay McInerney,
Lisa Yuskavage, Lisa Anastos, Yvonne Force Villareal, Dalia
Oberlander, to name just a few gathered to experience this
once in a lifetime event in support of Watermill and it’s
mission to provide a unique environment for young and
emerging artists to explore new ideas and foster their
Lisa Anastos, Valerie Boster,
Martin Dawson, Amanda Hearst, Shamim M. Momin, and
Tickets range from $150 to $1000,
the latter price including access to a backstage
meet-and-greet with the artists after the show. For tickets,
please visit The Watermill Center website at:
or call the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation at
212.253.7484 ext 18.
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.
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.
About The Watermill Center
Watermill is a laboratory for
performance founded by Robert Wilson to provide a unique and
supportive environment for emerging artists to explore new
ideas and foster their career development.
Watermill draws inspiration from
all the arts and cultures as well as from social, human, and
natural sciences. Watermill is a global community of artists
where living and working together among the extensive
collection of art and artifacts lies at the heart of the
experience. Watermill strives to be a haven for a next
generation of artists while supporting their work among a
network of international institutions that embrace new
Watermill offers a wide range of
programs and activities throughout the year. For the
well-known International Summer Arts Program, Wilson invites
60-80 artists who come from over
25 countries—48 countries so far—for 4-5 weeks of intense
creative exploration. There are daily workshops with Mr.
Wilson and his collaborators, based on new projects they are
developing in all areas of the arts. Residents also develop
their own work under Wilson’s guidance. A lecture series
completes the ambitious programs.
For the Center’s Fall and Spring
Residency programs, which take place from September to June,
a high-profile committee of practitioners in the arts and
humanities—including Wilson, Marina Abramovic, Alanna Heiss,
Albert Maysles, Gerard Mortier, John Rockwell, Jonathan
Safran Foer, Richard Sennett, Nike Wagner and others—selects
over 15 groups, individual artists and scholars in residence
to workshop their own creations. The residencies are
complemented by educational programs with schools and other
institutions; public events such as open rehearsals and
lectures, seminars and symposia; and tours of the building
Founded in 1992, the Watermill
Center is a 22,000 square foot facility located on the
six-acre site of a former Western Union communication
research facility on Long Island’s East End.