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Distanced Together


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  • Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Free for Members
    Free with museum admission & RSVP
  • Hunter Center


Distanced Together, composed by MindTravel creator Murray Hidary, is an immersive musical experience featuring a massive ensemble of 60 musicans that invites audiences on a collective, cathartic, and healing journey tracing the arc of the pandemic. Audiences make their way around and through twelve string quintets arranged in a large circle, experiencing the work just as we did the pandemic, individually, with our own unique perspective.

The work explores the heightened emotional challenges of this period, the uncertainty, fear, isolation, and collective longing for connection. Our ever shifting, individual perceptions of time during the pandemic are mirrored in the elasticity of the music composition and referenced with the twelve quintets arranged to resemble a timepiece. Yet, just as during the last few years, the challenges put into stark relief the hope and triumph of the human spirit, serving as a reminder of the light that always follows the darkest times.

This live performance features Contemporaneous ensemble members playing alongside North Adams-local musicians under the musical direction of David Bloom.

Once we were distanced, and now we come together.

Additional performances will take place on Saturday, January 28 during Free Day, the schedule is forthcoming. Learn more about Free Day here.

60 Speaker Sound Installation
January 18–February 4
Distanced Together will begin and continue its residency at MASS MoCA as a sound installation in the Hunter Center. Taking the place of the 60 musicians will be 60 individual speakers each sounding one instrument spatially, arranged in a circle for patrons to walk around and through; experiencing the music in real-time in a communal space for reflection and healing.

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Make a Plan

  • This performance will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Seating will be available.
  • No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the venue during the event. Food and drinks are available for purchase during the show.
  • For ADA accommodations, please contact the Box Office at (413) 662-2111 x8121 or email boxoffice@massmoca.org.
  • Please note, museum admission is not included with your event ticket unless indicated. Purchase museum admission here.
  • By purchasing a ticket to join MASS MoCA’s visitors, staff, and artists on the museum campus, you agree to follow a Courtesy Code, detailed here. Our full COVID FAQ is here.

Planning on dinner before the show? Check out restaurants in downtown North Adams or find a nosh right here on campus: Bright Ideas Brewing or Lickety Split Cafe. A full bar serves Bright Ideas Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.