The Monotone Symphony

The Monotone Symphony

Concerts to Celebrate Reopening of East Building Galleries

watch Saturday, October 1 at 4:00PM
place The National Gallery of Art

To celebrate the re-opening of the East Building Galleries, the music department will present a trio of performances, two of which highlight one of the major exhibitions opening on September 30: Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971. On Friday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m, pianist Vicki Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image in the East Building Auditorium. Perich, who is also the grandson of collector Virginia Dwan, composed the full-length work for piano and 40 one-bit speakers.

Continuing the reopening weekend celebrations, the music department will produce a performance of Yves Klein’s Symphonie Monotone-Silence with the New Orchestra of Washington. The late artist, whose work is featured in the Virginia Dwan collection, is considered the most influential and controversial French artist to emerge in the 1950s. He is remembered above all for his use of a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own: International Klein Blue. Klein’s highly eccentric symphony requires a 32-piece orchestra and 40-voice choir to sustain a D-major chord for 20 minutes, and then to sit, frozen in silence for 20 minutes. The performance will take place on October 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium. To close out the weekend, American composer Philip Glass will appear in performance and discussion on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium.


  • YVES KLEIN Symphonie Monotone-Silence

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Concerts at the National Gallery are open to the public, free of charge. Audience is admitted on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the concert begins. For further information, call (202) 842-6941.


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