Music as a community experience!

Dear Friends,

This week the KHBH (Kneisel Hall Blue Hill) musicians will explore the concept of music as a community experience, culminating with a community Play-In Friday, September 25th at Kneisel Hall, at 7:00 p.m. Participants will play Terry Riley’s â€œPlay In C”, a piece is written for an indefinite number of performers, and of indeterminate length. EVERYONE is invited to participate – if you play an instrument bring it and join in. The piece is a joyous music happening that celebrates a community coming together through music. (And if you don’t play an instrument – come along and play audience. Audiences are very important – the musicians need you!) The concert is FREE.

If you are a musician interested in taking part we ask that you attend one of two large rehearsals: Wednesday the 23rd from 3:30-6:00 or Thursday the 24th from 7:00-9:30.  Email KHBH directors Clara Lyon and Hannah Collins at for more information and sheet music and visit Audiences don’t need rehearsals – just come.

Launched last September, KHBH brings a small team of Kneisel alumni and teaching artists to Blue Hill for two week-long residencies, in September and May. The program’s mission is to foster a creative dialogue with local residents, and to invite everyone to participate in music-making at the Hall. The KHBH residencies are underwritten by a generous art & education supporting foundation.
Throughout the week, KHBH teaching artists will visit local schools and connect with all sorts of area musicians. In addition to rehearsing and refining “In C”, KHBH teaching artists will provide a context for the music. They will lead several interactive performance explorations of minimalist music including examples from some of Riley’s contemporaries, such as Steve Reich, John Cage, and Arvo Pärt. The interactive performances provide an opportunity for students at local schools to get up close and personal to the music! They will include discussion on the concept of music as a social experience and vehicle for social change, and the departure from narrative and exploration of the texture in minimalist music through composition activities.

The week will culminate in an epic performance of “In C” by the KHBH team and musicians from all over Blue Hill on September 25th at Kneisel Hall, at 7:00 p.m. Check for daily updates next week on!
We look forward to seeing you at Kneisel Hall,

Kneisel Hall This Week 

Wednesday, September 23, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Group rehearsal, Concert Hall
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Group rehearsal, Concert Hall
Friday, September 25 7:00 p.m.: performance of Play-in-C Concert Hall
Dates to Remember:

KHBH  September 21- 25 music, discussion, performances all over Blue Hill
April 16, 2016 A Far Cry Benefit for Kneisel Hall, NYC


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