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Take a Chance: Terry Riley's "In C"

  • Studio 909 @ Musicians' Association of Hawaii 949 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI, 96814 United States (map)

This workshop is an exploration and open reading of Terry Riley’s “In C,” a series of 53 musical fragments that launched the minimalist movement in music.

An interesting feature of In C is that much of performance is left up to chance based on decisions of individual musicians. You will choose what to play and for how long (within the composer’s structure). If you are enjoying a particular fragment, linger a bit longer. If it is too difficult, simply move on.


This event is FREE and open to all, including non-members, students and amateur musicians. Register online to receive music in advance.

To participate in this unique experience:

  1. Register online (below)

  2. Receive your music (by email)

  3. Review the instructions

  4. Practice your part (approximately quarter=90-100)

  5. Show up and have fun

Co-presented with the Hawaii Flute Society.

Register for “In C”

Musician's Name *
Musician's Name
Is the Musician a Minor? *
Under 18 years old
e.g. Violin, Piano, Trumpet, etc.
If not C (e.g. Bb, F, etc.)
Waiver of Liability *
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Learn More about “In C”

2015 Performance with the Composer

(Our reading will hopefully be between 30-40 minutes)

Learn the 53 Fragments of “In C”

In the Composer’s Words…

Note: this video includes brief partial nudity and references to drug usage.