Noted for musicality, choreographer Mark Morris has an unparalleled devotion to music. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group
(MMDG) in 1980 and has created close to 150 works for the company. Live music and community engagement are vital components of MMDG, which offers education in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities. His recent Acis and Galatea
(2014) was a staging of the Mozart arrangement of Handel’s opera by the same name. It featured MMDG dancers, opera singers, and a creative team including fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. He formed the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996 and began conducting for MMDG in 2006. To date, he has received 11 honorary doctorates, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, among others. His newest MMDG work, Layla and Majnun
, a collaboration with The Silk Road Ensemble, premieres in September 2016.