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Philadelphia Complaint Choir in the New York Times

Our 2008 project, the Philadelphia Complaint Choir, is featured in yesterday’s New York Times! The article looks at the history of complaint choirs around the world and puts special attention on the Philadelphia group.

The Philadelphia Complaint Choir brought together individuals from all over the city to engage in two of the most universal of acts: kvetching and music-making. Under the guidance of composer Evan Solot, the choir performed original music based around specific complaints brought in by choir members. After collectively creating their repertoire, the choir performed in Rittenhouse Square, outside of Liberty Place, Suburban Station, and other nontraditional venues.

Rather than having me keep talking about the Philadelphia Complaint Choir, you should just take a listen to their complaints first-hand!

Philadelphia Complaint Choir Performs!

We are super excited for this mention, but do wish that our wonderful partner in crime, Shelley Spector had gotten a shout-out. Shelley introduced us to the idea of complaint choirs in the first place and was an important part of the project throughout the process. Silly New York Times for forgetting about Shelley! Well, we haven’t forgotten, so thank you Shelley and to everyone else who contributed to the project.

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