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For 10 days in September 2019, Celebrity Series gave powerful, free music experiences to 4,000+ people, one listener and one musician at a time. Concert for One paired individual listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused live performance and concentrated listening, fostering one-on-one connections between performers and audience members.
Violist and New England Conservatory graduate Rayna Yun Chou created the project in Taiwan in 2016 to address concerns that classical music had become inaccessible and musicians’ feeling of isolation from their audience.
In Boston (Greenway’s Chin Park) and Cambridge (Harvard Science Plaza) performances took place inside a temporary art installation featuring an interactive lobby and performance space that had just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument.
Concert for One was free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets were required. The performer’s name, instrument, and what music they would play was a mystery until a listener entered the space.
Nearly 60 musicians participated in over 120 hours of performance. The group was comprised of a mix of professionals, conservatory students and highly-trained non-professionals playing a wide range of musical genres, all of whom were paid to perform. Participating musicians were selected through an open application process and are listed below.
DIANA ALVAREZ + EGOR ANTONENKO + ROBIN BAKER + LOUISE BICHAN + SARAH BOB + EVE BOLTAX + NICHOLAS BROWN + JAVIER CABALLERO + AUDREY CHEN + HAN CHEN + PAMELA DELLAL + KEN FIELD + ASHLEIGH GORDON + SADIE GUSTAFSON-ZOOK + LILY HONIGBERG + JEAN HUANG + KARISH JAVIER + JASON JI + DEBERLY KAUFFMAN + MINA KIM + ANNEGRET KLAUA + SARALYN KLEPACZYK + VASILIS KOSTAS + JAMES DAVIDSON + JONAS KUBLICKAS + BRIANNI LEE + ANITA LEE + JAWOON LEE + PEI-WEN LIAO + MING-HUI LIN + CHARLOTTE MALIN + GABRIELA MARTINA + NORA MAYNARD + ALBINO MBIE + FRANCESCA MCNEELEY + FABIOLA MÉNDEZ + 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
Celebrity Series presents “Concert For One” in cooperation with The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Harvard Office For the Arts and Harvard Common Spaces.
“First impressions can make lasting impressions, and in this case those impressions will be very personalized.”Ashleigh Gordon, violinist in the Dorchester Reporter
LESLIE & HOWARD APPLEBY
AMY & JOSHUA BOGER
STEPHANIE L. BROWN FOUNDATION
DONNA & MICHAEL EGAN
BARR FOUNDATION through its ArtsAmplified initiative
THE KLARMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE BOSTON FOUNDATION
with in-kind support from M. STEINERT & SONS
This event is also made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds. Additional support provided by Reuben Reynolds & Bill Casey, Alfred & Joan Goldberg, Randolph Hawthorne & Carliss Baldwin, Sally S. Seaver, Eric & Sarah Ward,Yukiko Ueno & Eran Egozy, and Joseph & Kathleen Cefalu.