The Sounds of Genius to end soon at the Museum of Civilization

May 12, 2009

The Sounds of Genius to end soon at the Museum of Civilization

Gatineau, Quebec, May 8, 2009 — The most comprehensive exhibition ever presented about Glenn Gould will soon close its doors at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Visitors have until May 18, 2009 to discover — or rediscover — one of Canada’s great icons and one of the most renowned classical musicians of the 20th century in Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius. More than 100,000 visitors have seen the exhibition since its opening.

The multimedia exhibition, which traces Gould’s development from a child prodigy in Toronto to an international concert star, and to a recording and media-artist pioneer, explores the man, his ideas and his music. Glenn Gould died in 1982 at the age of 50.

In Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius, Gould serves as the principal host, speaking to us through taped interviews, his writings and media productions, and, of course, his music. The exhibition also features a remarkably rich and varied collection of artifacts. Among the many highlights are Gould’s beloved Steinway piano and his specially modified folding chair.

Initially scheduled to close on May 17, 2009, the exhibition will now remain open until Monday, May 18, which is International Museum Day. To celebrate the occasion, general admission to the Museum is free on that day.

The exhibition is presented with the generous collaboration of Library and Archives Canada and the support of Bell Canada, CBC–Radio-Canada, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and the Glenn Gould Foundation.

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