Morton Subotnick, one of the most inventive minds in music, performs works that bookend 50 continuous years of avant-garde vision. Subotnick presides over his onstage studio, revisiting his 1967 technological and artistic masterpiece Silver Apples of the Moon live. A crucial milestone in electronic music, Silver Apples of the Moon was instantly iconic when it was released by Nonesuch Records 50 years ago, influencing generations of artists, including Paul McCartney, Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk.


Then, out of complete darkness emerges Crowds and Power, a media tone poem for voice, electronic sound, and live imagery inspired by Elias Canetti’s troubling and eternally relevant book. Intrepid vocalist Joan La Barbara—a champion of the avant-garde —performs the central character and Berlin-based artist Lillevan provides a live visual environment in this world premiere performance.

“The ‘founding father’ of electronica.”



Silver Apples of the Moon + Crowds and Power

July 20–22 Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Composer/Live Electronics Morton Subotnick 

Live Imagery Lillevan 

Actor/Singer Joan La Barbara

Commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival and the Harvestworks Artist in Residency Program.


Running Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission

Venue and Accessibility

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street
  • Large-print programs Large-print programs
  • Braille programs Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices Assistive listening devices

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