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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400


Event Details

Join the CAC as we continue the holiday tradition of UnSilent Night in OTR. We'll start the night around the fire pits of Washington Park’s Porch. Drink some hot chocolate, or grab a more adult beverage. Then join us for a "caroling" procession that doesn’t require your voice or even the ability to play an instrument —just the use of your phone! At 6:30pm we will all press play on our phones or boom boxes and meander through the park and nearby business district, creating a group performance for our downtown neighborhoods.

To Register:

What do I need to know?

  • Masks are required to participate in this event.
  • There is easy parking under Washington Park where we I’ll begin and end our 45 min walk.
  • Make sure to dress appropriately as we will be outside And walking for 45 min.
  • The Porch will be open and selling hot beverages, alcohol and snacks.
  • This event is great for all ages.
  • Please download the app or music in advance.
  • Bring a phone, your boom box, speaker, or anything that can amplify music.

In order to limit contact, please have a plan in place of how you are going to play the music. If you want to use a CAC casset tape please bring a boom box with you. If you would like to play from your phone we recommend downloading the app or music in advance. We require that all guests wear masks during the program. We will also be walking along two simultaneous paths in order to spread out our procession as much as possible.

Want to know more about the music?

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece.

"Phil Kline's postmodern boombox caroling walk is more than just performance art: It's a demonstration of community" - Time Out New York

"Unsilent Night immerses the listener in suspended wonderment, as if time itself had paused inside a string of jingle bells" - The New York Times

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Phil Kline's Unsilent Night

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night


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