Via The Rotunda


To challenge musicians to turn a 100-year-old Beaux Arts sanctuary into a musical instrument using their voices and other sound experiments

While The Rotunda, a community venue recently placed on the city’s Register of Historic Places, offers 300 events per year in its performance room, a small but growing number of special projects occur in its 100-year-old Beaux Arts sanctuary. Through this project, organizers seek to turn that space into a musical instrument. Improvisational and experimental musicians will be invited for a three-month residency to create public performances that artfully use the sanctuary’s acoustics. Usually, venues adapt to the needs of the musicians; here, musicians will adapt to the acoustics and layout of this unorthodox site in which sound carries in unexpected ways and whispers can be heard from 100 feet away. Applicants don’t have to be skilled in traditional music – someone who wants to explore the sounds of bottles and cans will be as eligible as a violinist. The eight residents will participate in studio tours where the public can hear works in progress, in addition to three concerts at which they will perform solo and ensemble pieces.

The Rotunda is an arts and culture community venue fueled by the belief that the arts can catalyze social change as they lead to meaningful partnerships between disparate groups. More than 300 events are presented every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, and experimental genres. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space and arts incubator fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present and promote their work.

Project Team

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