Over ten days this fall, Celebrity Series will give powerful, free music experiences to 5,000 people: one listener and one musician at a time. Concert for One will pair individual listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused live performance and concentrated listening, fostering intimate connections between performers and audience members.
Concert for One is based on a concept by violist and New England Conservatory graduate Rayna Yun Chou. Rayna created the project in Taiwan in 2016 in an effort to address concerns that classical music had become laden with the notion that it is inaccessible and that musicians were increasingly isolated from the people for whom they play.
In Boston and Cambridge performances will take place inside a temporary art installation featuring two specially outfitted shipping containers. One container will serve as an interactive lobby and one as a performance space. The performance space will have just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument. 1 musician will perform for 1 listener for 1 minute at a time.
Concert for One is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required. Details of the performance, including the performer's name, instrument or what music they will play, will be unknown to listeners until they step into the space.
Nearly 60 musicians will participate in over 120 hours of performance. The group is comprised of a mix of professionals, conservatory students and highly-trained non-professionals playing a wide range of musical genres, all of whom will be paid to perform. Participating musicians were selected through an open application process and are listed below.
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DIANA ALVAREZ + EGOR ANTONEKO + ROBIN BAKER + LOUISE BICHAN + SARAH BOB + EVE BOLTAX + NICHOLAS BROWN + JAVIER CABALLERO + AUDREY CHEN + HAN CHEN + JIM DAVIDSON + PAMELA DELLAL + KEN FIELD + ASHLEIGH GORDON + SADIE GUSTAFSON-ZOOK + LILY HONIGBERG + JEAN HUANG + KARISH JAVIER + JASON JI + DEBERLY KAUFFMAN + MINA KIM + KLAUA ANNEGRET + SARALYN KLEPACZYK + VASILIS KOSTAS + JONAS KUBLICKAS + BRIANNI LEE + ANITA LEE + JAWOON LEE + PEI-WEN LIAO + MING-HUI LIN + CHARLOTTE MALIN + GABRIELA MARTINA + NORA MAYNARD + ALBINO MBIE + FRANCESCA MCNEELY + FABIOLA MENDEZ + SOPHIE MICHAUX + MAYSHELL MORRIS + NOAH PREMINGER + RHONDA RIDER + MAX RIDLEY + VERONICA ROBLES + DAVID RUSSELL + MIKI SAWADA + CAMERON SHAVE + EUNIKE TANZIL + MARTINE THOMAS + AARON TRANT + YIZHEN WANG + BENJAMIN WENZELBERG + PAUL WHITE + ANDY WILDS + JULIA YANG + HIKARU YONEZAKI + ILANA ZAKS + YINGCHEN ZHANG + XIAOFAN LIU