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Natalie Merchant to Perform Bard College Benefit Concert, Previewed with WKZE "Parlour Session"

Natalie Merchant 2010 sq (Mark Seliger)

Natalie Merchant performs a special one-off concert at the Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Saturday night. Merchant will be joined by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra and conductor James Bagwell in performing songs from her 2010 Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, as well as favorite songs from throughout her career. This special concert is a benefit for the Bard College Conservatory of Music's Scholarship Fund and the Preparatory Division.

You can catch a sneak peek of what's to come when Merchant performs an intimate live set at the historic Elmendorph Inn in Red Hook, New York, today at 12 PM ET, as part of local radio station WKZE's Parlour Session series. Tune in to WKZE to hear the session broadcast live online at

Natalie Merchant recently appeared on public radio station WAMC, out of Albany, New York, to talk about this weekend's concert. In his introduction to the interview, WAMC host Joe Donahue describes Leave Your Sleep as "just plain beautiful." You can listen to that segment at

For more information on Saturday's concert and the Bard College Conservatory, visit To pick up a copy of Leave Your Sleep, with high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store now.



I have a couple of questions that I was wondering if you could help answer...

1. Are there any plans to release a DVD of her concerts with an orchestra? If not, please consider the idea!
2. Why have there not been any television performances on such shows as Letterman, Storytellers, Crossroads, or even Austin City Limits? Here is another idea -- an episode of Crossroads with Natalie Merchant and The Low Anthem. Ms. Merchant brought my attention to the band in the NY Times interview and I bought two of their tracks.
3. Has the album gone gold or platinum yet?


Thank you for your questions and comments, David.
1. Currently, there are no plans to release a DVD of the concerts, but we appreciate the suggestion and will take it into consideration.
2. Great idea on the TV performances! Do be in touch with your favorite performance shows and let them know you'd like to see it.
3. Not yet, but we do appreciate everyone who has supported Natalie Merchant and this project.

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