Podcast: The Talking CureConversations with Jed Wheeler

The Talking Cure” is a series of conversations between the Peak Performances at Montclair State University’s Executive Director, Jedediah Wheeler and the legendary and innovative artist of the 2019-2020 Season celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Alexander Kasser Theatre.

Produced by the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming.
Executive Director, Jedediah Wheeler
Content Creator, Natalie Marx

EP4: The Auditions | Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas, composer of The Auditions, commissioned by Montclair State University and Peak Performances talks about her collaboration with choreographer, Troy Schumacher for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

This new work has been designed to resonate with Graham’s classic, Appalachian Spring, which turns 75 this year. “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross), the International Contemporary Ensemble joins the Graham Company for these world-class renditions of new music by Thomas and the original Pulitzer Prize–winning score for Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.

Recorded on July 31, 2019.

EP3: Appalachian Spring | The Auditions

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and choreographer Troy Schumacher speak about the legendary Appalachian Spring in its 75th year anniversary and the new piece commissioned by Peak Performances, The Auditions, with music composed by Augusta Read Thomas.

Recorded on July 31, 2019.

EP2: Last Whispers

Trained in linguistics and philosophy, Lena Herzog is a multimedia artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. Last Whispers, an immersive cinematic experience dedicated to vanishing languages, is the result of Herzog’s ongoing interest in indigenous dialects, which are disappearing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken around the world will fall silent. In Herzog’s oratorio, the historical recordings of more than 40 endangered or lost languages come alive among the echoes of collapsing stars in a work The New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls “haunting and singular.”

Recorded on October 17, 2019.

EP1: Falling & Loving

Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb and Charles Mee speak to Peak Performances’ Executive Director Jed Wheeler about their collaboration for the upcoming world premier of “Falling & Loving” at the Alexander Kasser Theatre.

Recorded on Sept 17, 2019.