JACKSONVILLE, FL, DECEMBER 20, 2013 – Over Natalie Merchant\’s 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America\’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a uniquely captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording entitled, Leave Your Sleep which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Natalie Merchant embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.
The Florida Theatre is honored to present Natalie Merchant, live in concert, on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8pm. In conjunction with her next orchestral recording, Natalie Merchant will perform at this special event in Jacksonville accompanied by a full, symphonic orchestra. Tickets for this special event, on sale now, range from $43 to $78.50, and may be purchased in person at the Florida Theatre box office, by calling 904-355-ARTS, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band, 10,000 Maniacs, and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993 (The Wishing Chair, In My Tribe, Blind Man\’s Zoo, Hope Chest, Our Time in Eden, and MTV Unplugged). Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
In 1994, Natalie Merchant began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, Tigerlily (1995). In the years following, she released Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), and Motherland (2001). In 2003, Merchant independently released an album of American and British folk music, The House Carpenter\’s Daughter, on her own label, Myth America Records. In 2005, she curated a collection of her own work for a double album, Retrospective and another for her former band, Campfire Songs.
Live performances of her new music have been enthusiastically received by her long-time fans and new audiences. Following her recent symphonic debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, a Boston Globe critic observed, \”Merchant has found her medium…but Merchant\’s woody quaver has never sounded quite so right as it did framed by flutes, a weaving clarinet, and a gentle harp.\”
Tickets for this special concert event are on sale now, range from $43 to $78.50, and are available in person at the Florida Theatre Box Office, by calling 904-355-ARTS, or through any Ticketmaster outlet. The Florida Theatre is handicapped accessible and has secure and convenient parking. For further information please visit http://www.floridatheatre.com.
About the Florida Theatre
The historic Florida Theatre first opened in 1927, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Over 125,000 people a year attend music, dance, theatre, film and arts education programs at the theatre, resulting in an economic impact of over $7 million a year for downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit http://www.floridatheatre.com or call 904-355-ARTS.
- Natalie Merchant (silvermanschool.com)