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The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir

2 nights, each different
50 new songs
50 instruments
1 full band (and then some)

Stephin Merritt, the master songsmith behind the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, returns with the full band for a 2-week residency at MASS MoCA that culminates in the world premiere of a staged performance of the new Nonesuch Records album: 50 Song Memoir, an album celebrating Merritt’s first half-century on the planet. Merritt and band perform two distinct programs of the new songs — one for every year of his life — with a seven-person band playing 50 instruments from his eclectic collection. This remarkable show recounts his five decades on planet Earth, from his conception by hippies on a houseboat in St. Thomas to his current position as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.

Each performance will be a separate program. The entire album will take place over two nights: songs 1 – 25 on Friday, November 18, and songs 26 – 50 on Saturday, November 19.
The museum galleries will be open each night until 7pm.

Songs 1 – 25
Friday, November 18

Songs 26-50
Saturday, November 19

 

What to Expect
Seating is general admission. Preferred tickets are general admission seats located in the first rows of the theater. A full bar serves Bright Idea Brewing and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.

Planning on dinner before the show? Our museum café Lickety Split rolls out a menu of favorites including Vermont black bean burgers, angus burgers, tasty paninis, quiche, and an array of fresh salads featuring field greens, goat cheese, and grilled pineapple, all priced at $10 or less.

photo by Cesar Pedilla

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