Yellow Barn Patio Noise

Are you Wondering what the Noise is about?

Watch excerpts from earlier conversations. New excerpts will be added throughout the fall.


To our dear Yellow Barn audiences near and far, and for those of you about to become a part of our adventures:

Patio noise at Yellow Barn is a phenomenon! Many of you are well aware: our audiences are rambunctious. The joyful cacophony of conversation that fills the Big Barn patio at each concert is as difficult to interrupt as an Ives symphony.

On Tuesday, September 1st at 4:30pm, I will host the first in a series of nine weekly conversations I am calling Yellow Barn Patio Noise. Together we will talk about each of this past summer’s Yellow Barn programs, delving deeply into the music and its performance, and with some special emphasis on what we can learn making music under the restrictions we are all facing. Musicians we hear in performance will join us for each of our conversations.

Our summer was one of intense activity and profound commitment. In order to make music together, twenty-one musicians set aside a 14-day quarantine period before beginning to rehearse and ultimately to record their performances for concert broadcasts, almost all for an audience we could not see.

As we watched our final broadcast end on our last evening together, we sat silently under the stars for a very long time. That moment seemed so full, with both gratitude and a feeling of absence. We missed playing for you this summer, and we missed the love of music you bring to our gatherings.

This difficult time has taught us that there is still so much of great value we can do together, infusing closely held ideas with new perspective. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and talking about music!

Seth Knopp
Artistic Director


Each conversation will focus on a particular concert from the 2020 Summer Season.

We will watch each performance in advance our meeting, and spend our time together in discussion.

Yellow Barn musicians will be joining us for each conversation, and will be announced in advance of each date.

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All Patio Noise talks take place on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:45pm EDT, on a weekly basis from September 1 to October 27, 2020.

Space is limited, and reservations are encouraged. To reserve your place, click on the link next to each date you wish to attend. You can make a reservation anytime up until 9:00am EDT on the day of the meeting.

We will meet via Zoom. A Zoom link will be posted on our homepage on the day of each conversation, and will remain open until the "room" is full.

If you have any questions, including assistance with Zoom, please call (802) 387-6637, or send an email to


See the event list below for specific programs, and links to each video for advance viewing. Program details also include links to texts and program notes.

September 1
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Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840–60”
Stephen Coxe: Entstehung Heiliger Dankgesang (Emergence of the Holy Song of Thanksgiving)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart (Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian mode) from String Quartet in A Minor, Op.132 

September 8
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Lei Liang: Trans for solo percussion and audience
Anton Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet, Op.5
Benjamin Britten: Elegy for Solo Viola
Antonín Dvořák: Bagatelles, Op.47
Frederic Rzewski: To The Earth

September 15
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The complete cello suites of J.S. Bach - Part I | Video and program details
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten from Cantata, BWV 93

The complete cello suites of J.S. Bach - Part II | Video and program details
Glory, Glory
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1009
Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

September 22
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Mario Davidovsky (1934-2019)
Synchronisms No. 3 for Cello and Electronic Sounds
Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sounds
Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Electronic Sounds
Synchronisms No. 11 for Contrabass and Electronic Sounds
Synchronisms No.12 for Clarinet and Electronic Sounds

September 29
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John Cage: Solo for Voice 39 from Song Books
Franz Schubert: Ganymed, D.544
Amy Beth Kirsten: yes I said yes I will Yes.
Travis Laplante: The Obvious Place
Toshio Hosokawa: Windscapes
Beethoven Walks at Greenwood Trail and Hannum Trail
Ludwig van Beethoven: Andante from Bagatelles, Op.126 No.3 in E-Flat Major

October 6
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Stephen Coxe: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Mark Applebaum: Gone, Dog. Gone!
Fredrik Andersson: The Lonelyness of Santa Claus
Alan Ridout: Ferdinand for Speaker and Violin
John Cage: Solo for Voice 57 from Song Books

October 13
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John Cage: Solo for Voice 22 from Song Books
Georges Aperghis: Récitation No. 9 for Female Voice
Liza Lim: Inguz
John Cage: Solo for Voice 23 from Song Books
Matthew Aucoin: Dual
Philippe Manoury: Le Livre des Claviers II
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002

October 20
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György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments

October 27
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Philippe Hersant: In The Dark
Dimitri Shostakovich: Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, Op.127
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
James MacMillan: Angel