by Alan Bell
Question by Belle74: How long should a featured artist play at a concert with other artists?
I’m hosting a variety show in November and I have a cello quartet that will be our featured artist. I was thinking of asking them to play fo 20 minutes or a little longer. Is there a standard amount of time a featured artist plays at a show with other acts in it?
It’s a 2 hour program, no contest, other musical acts along with comedy and poetry readings.
Answer by Kab
There are several items that can adjust the time.
How long is the total program?
Is the rest of the program a contest?
What is your audience?
Here are my suggestions. This is based on 90 minutes of program.
Open with the Quartet. A single selection 8-10 minutes.
Alternate styles of performances by the other acts for 30-35 minutes.
Quartet perform another 10 minutes.
Remaining acts alternating styles again for 30 minutes.
Cello Quartet closing with a single short selection.
If your audience is there to see the Quartet you could make their closer longer.
If it is a contest. The winners should be announced at the very end. Either way all performers should be brought back on stage as a group, not one at a time.
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