Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

An Evening with Rufus Wainwright

All Ages
Wednesday, May 08
Doors: 6:30pm
$53 to $73
Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established
himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters, and composers of his generation. The
New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released ten studio albums to date, three
DVDs, and three live albums including the GRAMMY® nominated Rufus Does Judy at
Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Miley Cyrus,
David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robbie
Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting, and producer Mark Ronson, among
many others. He has written two operas and numerous songs for movies and TV.
His 2020 GRAMMY® nominated studio album of original songs, Unfollow the Rules, finds
Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a
new-found fearlessness. In 2023, he embarked on a journey to his family folk roots with his
newly-released, GRAMMY® nominated album Folkocracy featuring reinvented folk duets with
artists like Chaka Khan, Brandi Carlile, John Legend and Anohni and many more.
He has been working on his first musical of John Cassavetes’ Opening Night for the
West End with Ivo van Hove for a number of years which is set to open at the Gielgud
Theater in March 2024. During this time he has also completed a Requiem which will
premiere with the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France in June of 2024. Co-
commissioners for the Requiem are the Master Chorale in Los Angeles, the Palau de la
Musica in Barcelona, the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Orchestra in Ireland,
and the Royal Ballet London.