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.


Elaine Mitchener


Jean Kalman

Lighting Design

Gilbert Nouno

Sound Design & Light Design

Michael Wendeberg


Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie


Luciano Berio

O King for Voice and Chamber Ensemble

Alvin Lucier

I am Sitting in a Room for Voice and Tape

Julius Eastman

Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for Voice

Julius Eastman

The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for ten Cellos

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

Joined by experimental vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener, students and faculty of the Barenboim-Said Akademie draw on American cultural resistance to counter a late 20th century defined by American geo-political power. Berio writes an elegy to Martin Luther King Jr. in his O King after the civil-rights leader was assassinated in 1968. Lucier charges audiences with his quietly counter-cultural sound installation, I am Sitting in a Room. And Eastman, a forgotten voice of American music marginalized because of his race and sexuality, uses a feminist rendering of Joan of Arc to shout in defiance of concert halls the world over in his Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc and The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc.

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.