Far and Near Artist Interview: Mary Kathryn Monday

 Photo credit: David Morgan

Photo credit: David Morgan

This summer, we are reuniting with wonderful artists from past projects. Mezzo Mary Kathryn Monday of OPHELIA TRANSFORMED and our 2016 Summer Retreat joins us for FAR AND NEAR, a concert of classical and popular music that explores distances both big and small. 

Far and Near

June 25th @ 7:30pm

United Palace of Cultural Arts

1410 Broadway, NYC 10033

Free admission, please RSVP below!

Tell us a bit about yourself - who are you and what do you do?

I’m Mary Kathryn, singer, traveler, and yogi! I also work in special events. 

What part of NYC do you live in? And what’s your favorite thing about living there?

I live on the Upper West Side! I love that it’s a true neighborhood where I walk down the block and say hello to my neighbors. It’s also home to the most artists in the city, so I’m in good company!

 Mary Kathryn Monday as Queen Gertrude and Lydia Dahling as Ophelia in Ophelia Transformed. Photo credit: Samer Ghanem

Mary Kathryn Monday as Queen Gertrude and Lydia Dahling as Ophelia in Ophelia Transformed. Photo credit: Samer Ghanem

The theme of Far and Near is the distance between where you are and where you long to be, both literally and figuratively. Have you been on any interesting journeys lately?

Life is a journey with many twists and turns. My yoga practice led me all the way to France last year and keeps helping me learn how to navigate through the unknown.

 View at LuxYoga, France. Photo courtesy of Mary Kathryn Monday

View at LuxYoga, France. Photo courtesy of Mary Kathryn Monday

What's your favorite yoga pose and why?

My favorite yoga pose at the moment is side angle because it helps me find more space in my back to breathe and it makes me feel strong!

We believe music is meant to be shared and can be life-changing. How has music shaped your life?

I could tell my whole life story through music. From bringing memories to life through performing or being transported back to a specific memory through listening, music is the continuous thread that weaves all of the memories together. I’m so lucky that music has always been a part of my life and I don't know what I would do without it!

If you could travel back in time and have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Pauline Viardot, who not only was a mezzo-soprano but also a composer. I’m fascinated by the whole musical salon scene so I would love to transport back to see her perform and meet everyone in that iconic circle. 

Top two compositions by Pauline that you'd recommend?

"Hai Luli" and "Les Filles de Cadix!"

Dream vacation destination?

I can’t get enough of Paris. I love French music, paintings, and culture... it’s been the top of my list ever since I visited!

 Photo courtesy of Mary Kathryn Monday

Photo courtesy of Mary Kathryn Monday

Far and Near is part of the Lobby Series at the United Palace of Cultural Arts, an important arts and community resource, and also the Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long festival celebrating the arts in Northern Manhattan. Can you share an experience you've had in which music helped bring a community together?

Recently, I began volunteering with ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) and it’s been incredible to see kids literally be moved by music. Somehow music connects everyone and creates a sense of freedom for the kids to dance, smile, and even conduct along. During sessions, I’ve even had some kids open up and share what connects them to a specific song. The entire experience of sharing my art with them and seeing the effects of creating art together has been so rewarding!

 

Join Mary Kathryn on June 25th for FAR AND NEAR. Please make sure to RSVP for this event!

 Photo credit: Samer Ghanem

Photo credit: Samer Ghanem

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