'Burning Piano' performed at Carletonby Tom Crann, Minnesota Public Radio
What would you do with an old, useless upright piano? How about setting it on fire and calling it art? That's what's happening tonight in Northfield, and some people are getting pretty heated over that idea. But it's actually a controversial piece of performance art that is over 40 years old.
Tonight at 8:45, the Carleton College Department of Music sponsors a performance of the piece, called -- appropriately enough -- "Piano Burning." It was first performed in 1968 by avant-garde composer Annea Lockwood.
Lockwood will be on hand for the blaze at Carleton tonight. She'll be part of a panel discussion about the work along with Carleton College music professor and pianist, Nicola Melville, who joined Tom Crann on the phone from Northfield.
- All Things Considered, 04/30/2009, 6:24 p.m.