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December 2
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    ChamberLab Presents VEXATIONS: A 16-hour marathon to benefit ACLU

    08:00 -00:00
    On Saturday, December 2nd, ChamberLab will attempt a marathon 16-hour performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations. This first-of-its-kind performance is open to musicians of all ages and skill levels, playing any instrument, and their efforts will support a great cause! It works like a charity walk-a-thon, but with music instead of miles.
    Musicians are invited register online for a spot in the ensemble to play Vexations as many times as they possibly can. Meanwhile, people who wish to sponsor a musician can make pledges on a per-repetition basis, so the final contribution depends upon how long the performers can keep going! Sponsors may pledge for individuals, or for the ensemble as a whole. At the end of the performance, everyone’s totals will be tallied, and every dime raised will go to the ACLU of Southern Arizona.
    The event will begin at 8:00 AM on the Hotel Congress patio, and at 8:00 PM we’ll march in grand style across the street to finish the evening on the Maynard’s patio. At a steady tempo, we should finish up around midnight.
    Musicians can register online at, where they will also be able to download the sheet music appropriate to their instruments. Musicians sponsors can register and make their pledges at the same site.
    Vexations is a piece of music written by French composer Erik Satie in 1893. It’s only a little over a minute long, but Satie left a cryptic note at the top of the page suggesting that the piece should be played eight-hundred and forty times in a row. No one tried until 70 years later, when composer John Cage arranged a relay of twelve pianists for the task in 1963. It took them 16 hours!
    While several pianists have attempted the feat since then (and only some have succeeded), to our knowledge this full-ensemble arrangement is a first-of-its-kind performance, and will benefit a worthy cause.
    Since 2010, ChamberLab has been bringing new music to different audiences in strange venues and from unexpected sources. ChamberLab is best known for its boundary-breaking collaborations, bringing artists of different media and backgrounds together, from music for silent films, to live-painting on stage with Joe Pagac, to brass and percussion music on the floor of the Rialto Theatre.
    Date: December 2, 2017
    Time: 8:00am – 12:00am
    Venue: Hotel Congress
    Address: 536 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
    Price: FREE