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How long should a featured artist play at a concert with other artists?

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.

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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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