Music in Time | in vain

Sponsored by: American Express

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Duration: Approximately 1 hour


Directed and hosted by John Kennedy

New sounds in music

Georg Friedrich Haas’s 70-minute in vain (2000) has been described as a monumental work of our time. Tones cascade in microtones and harmonics—rising, falling, spiraling—folding back upon themselves and crashing to points of stasis. Composed in part as a protest to the rise of the far right in Austria’s 1999 elections, Haas’s work brings the concert hall to darkness while the orchestra remains playing. If futility is an aspect of social progress, in vain reminds us that light returns after periods of darkness.

Additional Music In Time performances:
The Living Earth Show, May 25 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm
Rebellion in Greenery, May 26 at 3:00pm
Stay On It, May 31 at 8:00pm