Boston’s “Concert for One” project aims for 5,000 intimate, one-minute concerts over ten days

Posted on: June 21, 2019

The concert presenter Celebrity Series of Boston has announced a free public music project called “Concert for One,” in which it will produce 5,000 individual mini-concerts from Sept. 20 to 29, 2019 in Boston and Cambridge. The project will pair single listeners with solo musicians for one minute of focused performance and concentrated listening, with the goal of fostering closer connections between performers and audience members. “Concert for One” is based on an idea by New England Conservatory graduate and violist Rayna Yun Chou, who conceived and produced a similar project in her hometown of Taichung City, Taiwan. “Concert for One” will be staged daily from noon to 6 p.m. at public areas in Boston and Cambridge. The concerts take place inside temporary art installations made from specially outfitted shipping containers. Nearly 60 musicians have been selected to participate; they include professionals, conservatory students, and trained non-professionals. The installations will incorporate informational areas that tell the story of the project, offer interactive opportunities with instruments, and encourage in-person and online sharing about the experience. Celebrity Series Executive Director Gary Dunning said the project aims to make the arts available to everyone without barriers or preconceptions.

Posted June 21, 2019