Reunion is a musical performance created by John Cage that debuted in 1968 in Toronto, Canada. The single “instrument” in the concert is a chess board wired to play different selections of music according to the placement of chess pieces on individual squares. Music is spontaneously composed according to the moves that the players choose: the performance begins quietly as only a few pieces are in play, crescendos in the center of the game, and then slowly fades as more and more pieces are captured. One final note signifies checkmate.
This performance is in conjunction with the World Chess Hall of Fame's spring exhibition, "Cage & Kaino: Pieces and Performances."