The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in partnership with sonic collective DC Listening Lounge, will host the 15th edition of Sound Scene, Washington, D.C.’s free auditory arts festival, June 3–5. The free three-day event will showcase a variety of performances, workshops, demonstrations and interactive audiovisual works throughout the museum building, plaza and sculpture garden. This year’s all-ages event will center around the theme of “Trust,” asking participants to investigate the relationship between faith and doubt and consider interconnectedness within the audial realm. DC Listening Lounge aims to expand the accessibility of interactions between the audience and works of sound by providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation throughout the festival.

On Friday, June 3, renowned Grammy Award-winning artist Laurie Anderson will kick off Sound Scene with a live outdoor performance of Lou Reed’s “Drones” in the Hirshhorn’s outdoor sculpture garden, 3–7 p.m. Anderson will be joined by Stewart Hurwood, Reed’s long-trusted guitar tech, to mount the sonorous four-hour tribute, part of her yearlong celebration of Reed’s 80th birthday. Free passes for “Drones” have been distributed, but visitors will be admitted as space allows.

On Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, myriad interactive installations, workshops, concerts and performance art pieces will run 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sound Scene programs on Saturday, June 4, include hands-on artmaking for children ages 0–12 on as part of Hirshhorn Kids’ monthly Maker Mornings, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., a special listening session of Laurie Anderson’s meditation album Songs from the Bardo presented with Smithsonian Folkways, 10:30 am, a liberation chant workshop with Freedom Futures Collective on the plaza at noon and a theremin performance at Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington DC” (2007) at 4 p.m.  The latter is presented with support from the Goethe Institut Washington, DC and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Sound Scene programs on Sunday, June 5 include sonic meditation with Layne Garrett at 11 a.m.; “Offering,” an interactive performance led by Leigh Davis and the Threshold Choir at 1 p.m.; and at 2 p.m., “Sounds Like Us,” a workshop with Yeseul Song that invites visitors to compose using code. The latter is presented with support from the Korean Cultural Center of Washington, D.C., and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Visitors are welcome to explore the Hirshhorn’s exhibitions including the just-opened exhibition “Sam Gilliam: Full Circle,” which includes monumental paintings made with the ethos of a jazz musician, and “Laurie Anderson: The Weather,” an immersive survey of the multihyphenate artist and her largest U.S. exhibition to date.

Participants who wish to attend Sound Scene June 4 and 5 are invited to register.

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