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Viral Silence: Six Words Concert

Six Words is a concert-length composition by Edward Breitweiser inspired by local Covid-19 experiences and in collaboration with McLean County non-profits and youth organizations.

This in-person and live-stream public performance at the McLean County Museum of History features music and words by area residents who shared their personal stories with the project. Live-stream will begin at 7pm on the Experimental Sound Studio’s YouTube Channel.

This event is FREE, though due to the pandemic, reservations are requested.

Viral Silence: Community Portraits in Response to Covid-19, is a statewide collaborative community commissioning and virtual touring program that captures local experiences and responses to Covid-19. This second year of programming partners three new artists and Illinois communities: JoVia Armstrong, composer and sound artist, with Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church; Eddie Breitweiser with pt.fwd and the McLean County Museum of History; and X, an indigenous futurist, who will create a geolocated augmented reality soundscape app.

Using archival research, community dialogue, and collaborative music-making, Six Words engages directly with Central Illinois residents to reflect on our collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six Words takes place at the McLean County Museum of History’s “COVID-19: The McLean County Experience” as a starting point to ask local residents about their pandemic experiences, and to preserve them for future generations. Breitweiser is collaborating with local non-profits and youth organizations—including the McLean County Museum of History and pt.fwd—to create a communal space for telling and hearing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bloomington-Normal area. These diverse experiences are shared in a concert-length public performance at the Museum of History, featuring music and words by area residents who contributed to the project.

Questions or for more information, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or (309) 827-0428.

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This in-person and live-stream public performance at the McLean County Museum of History features music and words by area residents who shared their personal stories with the project. Live-stream will begin at 7pm on the Experimental Sound Studio’s YouTube Channel.

This event is FREE, though due to the pandemic, reservations are requested.

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