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The 75th Season of Concerts 2016–2017
Yves Klein: Symphonie – "Monotone-Silence"

October 1 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Petr Kotik conducts the New Orchestra of Washington, along with the 18th Street Singers in a performance of Yves Klein's Symphonie – "Monotone-Silence" (1947-61).

Yves Klein's Symphonie Monotone-Silence is based on a visionary image of a musical event based on drone and silence. Conceived in 1947, it predates the work of composers, such as La Monte Young and John Cage, among others, who arrived at similar concept in the late fifties and sixties. History is full of discoveries that independently crystallized at various locations at about the same time. Symphonie Monotone-Silence represents one such groundbreaking contribution. 

Presented in honor of Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971

Yves Klein, French, 1928–1962, Untitled Blue Monochrome, 1960, dry pigment and synthetic resin on canvas mounted on board, Collection of Virginia Dwan. © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York, 2016

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