On December 8, 2001, the Lachrymae project opened to the public at the Shattuck Studios in Berkeley, California. The 10 works on exhibit
were the result of hundreds of small paper tears cut by people from around the world. As part of the exhibition on the opening night, there was a musical performance
of Max Baloian's score for Lachrymae(with an encore performance on December 15). Max Baloian on accordion was accompanied by Daniel
Baer on violin and Jason Ditzian on clarinet. Viewers experienced the music in a darkened room as the musicians performed behind back lit
screens showing only their silhouettes. As with
the paintings, the score, and the exhibit, the performance focused on the inseparable link
that connects sorrow to joy.