Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night

Date(s) - Fri, Dec 17, 2021
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

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Senate House State Historic Site


Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. Since the first one in 1992, it’s been performed in cities all over the world, this will be Kingston’s 2nd performance.

The event is moving boombox parade where multiple speakers make one shimmering, seasonal composition. Each participant downloads a track from a website or loads an app on to your phone. We all meet up at the same place and all the participants press play at the same time. Then we head out and walk a carefully chosen route through the city, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture that’s different from every listener’s perspective. I went to my first Unsilent Night in 2002 in Manhatttan, and it’s one of the highlights of my season every year. Trust me: You want to hear this.

We’re going to meet at the Senate house a little before 6pm (after work and before the holiday parties get started!) Make sure to download the track or the app in advance when you’re on WiFi. Bring a speaker as well — the louder the better. Feel free to dress in warm festive clothes if you like — as if you were going caroling. We’ll be outside for about 45 minutes, and we’ll end up roughly in the same spot we started.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Friday December 17, 2021

Start at the Senate House, 296 Fair Street

6pm sharp (be sure to arrive on time as this is a moving event and catching up may be difficult)




* Be prepared to walk the unpredictable sidewalks of Kingston for 45 minutes.

* Download the track in advance.

* Bring fully charged cellphone and bluetooth speaker

* Dress warmly and dress up: costumes, battery powered lights, sparkles. Get Fancy!