Event Cancelled

Due to the current situation, all events at the Pierre Boulez Saal  through April 19, 2020 have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Any tickets already purchased may be returned.

Details on how to return tickets can be found here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the hall soon.


Gilbert Nouno

Sound Design, Synthesizer & Light Design

Jean Kalman

Lighting Design

Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie


Dmitri Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110

Sofia Gubaidulina

Vivente – non vivente for Synthesizer

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

Following Elizabeth Wilson’s lecture on Shostakovich, students and faculty of the Barenboim-Said Akademie explore the “double-speak” of composers of the Soviet bloc. Out of Bach’s music, Kurtág creates delicate miniatures for two pianists. Shostakovich dedicates his brooding eighth string quartet to the victims of fascism. Gubaidulina, blacklisted in 1979 by Tikhon Khrennikov at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers, uses brazen electronic experimentalism in Vivente – non vivente to subvert Soviet authority. Nearly four decades after fleeing Hungary in 1956, Ligeti looks back to go forward, using Renaissance, Baroque, Eastern European folk music, and jazz to create his Sonata for Solo Viola, a capstone of the 20th century.

In addition to lectures and music, the exhibition Dry, featuring works by photographer Abdo Shanan, will be on view during the Edward W. Said Days 2020 in the lobby of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.