VIDEO: Lincoln Center Seeks 1,000 Volunteer Singers For THE PUBLIC DOMAIN; No Audition Necessary
Every week, some of the world's greatest artists can be seen performing at New York's Lincoln Center. On Saturday, August 13th, 1,000 others will get a chance.
At 5pm that afternoon, a volunteer chorus consisting of anyone who would care to sign up and attend three rehearsals will premiere Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang's "the public domain," a piece inspired by the theme of the collective knowledge shared among us all.
The free performance, taking place in Lincoln Center's plaza, is one of the offerings for the 50th Annual Mostly Mozart Festival.
No special training is required, nor an ability to read music. Participants are required to attend three rehearsals scheduled between August 2nd and 13th, one of which will be a movement rehearsal. Children age 10-17 are welcome to join if a parent or guardian is also participating.
"This piece is a kind of utopian activity, an experiment in how to build a better world," says Lang. "And I have a feeling there are a lot of people in New York who would like to build a better world."
In the videos below, the composer and conductor Simon Halsey describe the community-building aspects of "the public domain."