Please Note: This show will be held at Macky Auditorium, not eTown Hall
We’re capping off our 2023 season of Live eTown Radio Shows with musicians Rufus Wainwright and Madison Cunningham. Margaret Klein Salamon, Ph.D.–clinical psychologist turned climate activist and thought leader–will be our interview guest of the evening. Hosted by Nick and Helen Forster, the event will take place on 12/14 at Macky Auditorium.
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, numerous songs for movies and TV, and is currently working on his
first musical for the West End and a Requiem. His latest GRAMMY® and JUNO nominated
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. His newly-
released studio album Folkocracy features reinvented folk duets with artists like Chaka Khan,
Brandi Carlile, John Legend and Anohni and many more.
Madison Cunningham is a 26-year-old GRAMMY award-winning artist and songwriter
known for her “wonderfully tangled imagery and cutting self-awareness” (NPR). As a
guitarist, Madison has pushed the boundaries of a conventional singer-songwriter as
her “guitar work is both classic and wildly emotive, and her soaring vocals are pristine
and inspired” (Consequence). Madison first picked up a guitar at age seven, and by age
twelve was singing and performing alongside her five siblings in church. In her teenage
years, she met Tyler Chester who would later go on to be a close collaborator and
producer of several of Madison’s projects including Who Are You Now (2019) which
Atwood Magazine described as “a guitar-driven record, full of twisting, meticulously
arranged parts and interlocking melodies. It’s almost labyrinthine; you could get lost in
her swirling words.”
Cunningham’s latest effort, Revealer, won the GRAMMY for ‘Best Folk Album.’
Revealer finds her working once again with producer Tyler Chester along with Mike
Elizondo and Tucker Martine. Written and recorded over all states of the pandemic,
Madison says, “To me, ‘revealer’ is the binding theme of the album. The hand that
slowly chips away at the mirror in which you see yourself and the world and replaces it
with the reflection that is most true.” The album is “full of intricate musicianship,
alongside forthright observations” (All Music), intimations and hard truths—a self-portrait
of a young artist who is full of doubt and uncertainty yet bursting with exciting ideas
about music and life.
Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD
Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist turned climate activist and thought leader. Her work helps people face the frightening, painful truths of the climate emergency and empowers all of us to transform despair into effective "emergency mode" action. As the Executive Director of the Climate Emergency Fund, Margaret fundraises for and strategically deploys financial resources to high-impact disruptive protest campaigns.
Margaret is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (2023), a radical self-help guide. Her project Climate Awakening allows people to call from all over the world and share their climate emotions with people who understand.