Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights with Symphony Orchestra, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art and performed at Radio City Music Hall

Thursday, January 26, 2012
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Radio City Music Hall

MoMA has commissioned artist/musician Antony (British, b. 1971) to conceive, produce, and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights, with Antony and the Johnsons, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival.

Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity,Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons' albums (self-titled, I Am a Bird NowThe Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons:Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

Tickets go on sale for the general public on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am.

A limited number of special VIP packages, which include premium seats, a pre-show cocktail party, and a signed copy of Antony and the Johnsons' book Swanlights, are also available.

MoMA event page


Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights was made possible by the generous support of MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.


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