“Chamber Musicians Take to the Streets,” and daddy wants some Shostakovich on the plaza.


Not Takin’ It to the Streets, which was a Doobie Brothers hit (shall we say) prior to the birth of younger readers.

This is chamber music in the context of placemaking, and I won’t rest until Shostakovich greets me as I cross the newly (miraculously?) enlivened concrete slab in front of the City County Building, in route to a city council meeting.

I know; it would require placemaking on steroids to rouse such a dead space. Hope springs eternal, and music soothes the addled here in New Gahania.

Sound Places: Chamber Musicians Take to the Streets (Project for Public Spaces)

Back in October, PPS provided you with a preview of how chamber music and placemaking are coming together in the unprecedented Sound Places program. Since then, program partners Chamber Music America (CMA), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA), and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with grant support from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), have selected two of Louisiana’s Cultural Districts and two of America’s finest ensembles to collaborate in perfect harmony within the framework of this residency program.

The 2nd movement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (Op. 110)