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News August 2017

Hudson Valley town in the running to be new home of a Kahn-designed concert boat

August 11, 2017

Stirred by a heartfelt appeal by the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the New York Review of Books, groups in towns and cities in the United States and abroad, including Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley, are submitting bids to permanently dock a spaceship-like music barge at their waterfront. “Point Counterpoint II”—a watercraft that opens like a clamshell to reveal a performance stage—was designed by Louis Kahn before his death in 1974 and completed two years later. For 41 years it has served as the floating home of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, an international ensemble of musicians that performed on water bodies in America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Barge owner Robert Boudreau, who founded the orchestra and commissioned the barge in anticipation of the country’s bicentennial celebrations, met with the group in Kingston in early August to discuss the sale and transportation of the vessel from Ottawa, Illinois, where it is currently moored. If the $3 to $4 million necessary for its acquisition can be secured, New York might soon gain a second posthumous Kahn creation.

With push from Yo-Ya Ma, floating concert hall may end up in N.Y.Chicago Tribune: July 18, 2017

Yo-Yo Ma: Save Louis Kahn’s Concert Boat!New York Review of Books: August 17, 2017 issue

Bidding for floating concert hall between $3 and $4 million; Kingston group remains interested.Kingston Daily Freeman: August 9, 2017

Top: Point Counterpoint II in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1989. Photo courtesy of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Bottom: Docked in South Haven, Michigan, in 2009. Photo by Sean Benham/Flickr.