Saratoga Springs, NY (August 1, 2011) – Yaddo and Amanda Stern’s acclaimed The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series have entered into a partnership to produce an ongoing series of shows throughout the year in New York City. These presentations will feature both established and emerging artists associated with Yaddo, from across the disciplines, and highlight our rich history as one of this country’s most distinguished artist’s retreats.
The partnershipwill enable Yaddo to engage and celebrate its artists in the City through readings and musical performances, attract a broad audience, and build on such existing activities as our annual Studio Crawl. It was launched at Yaddo’s May 24th 2011 New York City Benefit, with readings by Jennifer Egan and Kevin Wilson, and special musical guest Aimee Mann.
The regular series began on June 8th with a 7 p.m. show at Joe’s Pub. Drawing on the Yaddo tradition of bringing artists together, the theme for this inaugural presentation was “community.” Featured artists were Amor Towles, whose debut novel, Rules of Civility, a portrait of New York City at the twilight of the Great Depression, was published last month by Penguin; the Bessie Award-winning Kyle deCamp, who has performed, collaborated, and toured internationally in theater, dance, film, and media; and Suzanne Bocanegra, whose “An Artist Talk Starring Paul Lazar" premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2010. The musical guest will be the songstress duo Lucius, fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who have been hailed by The New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies.”
The next program is the series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 7. Details are forthcoming.
Each program will be curated by Stern, the novelist and Yaddo alumna who founded the Happy Ending series in 2003. Cited by The New York Times Magazine for helping to "keep downtown alive," it was called the “most vital authors’ series in the city”by Time Out New York. Stern is pleased to note “Happy Ending has launched careers and, proudly, ended none.”
Tickets for the performances are $20 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 212.967.7555