Rinde Eckert was at work on a music-theater piece based on the life and writings of Mark Twain. He is a writer, composer, singer, actor, and director whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Among them are: And God Created Great Whales (Obie Award), Horizon (Lucille Lortel Award, and Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play), and Orpheus X (2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist). He is a recipient of a Marc Blitzstein Memorial Award for Lyricist/Librettists from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2005), an Alpert Award for theater work (2009), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007). In 2012 he won a GRAMMY Award singing with eighth blackbird and Steven Mackey on ‘Lonely Motel - Music from Slide,’ for which he also wrote the lyrics. He is one of the inaugural class of Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winners (2012). In 2016 Rinde appeared as a principle soloist with the New York Philharmonic. This spring he toured with the Kronos Quartet singing the solo role in My Lai, a mono-opera written for him by Jonathan Berger.
Rinde Eckert worked in the Watson studio.
Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio and recital hall for chamber music, the latter purpose was soon found to be too disruptive to…