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.
Violist and New England Conservatory graduate Rayna 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 and Cambridge, performances will take place inside a temporary art installation featuring an interactive lobby and performance space that will have just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument.
Concert for One is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required. The performer’s name, instrument, and what music they will play will be a mystery until a listener enters the space.