John Cage Festival at REDCAT

John Cage


Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music—including major works by Cage, and works by composers responding to Cage’s groundbreaking music. John Cage Centenary Festival will be held at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Program for February 15

Opening the festival, the New Century Players, the professional new music ensemble of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, joins forces with the CalArts Orchestra for a program of large-scale pieces by the American visionary. Note that all works are by John Cage and this program begins at 7pm to allow for the inclusion of an expansive line-up of works.

in program order
Ryoanji (1984) solo; Rachel Rudich, shakuhachi
Dance/4 Orchestras (1982)
Etcetera (1973)
Renga (1976)
Fourteen (1990)
Ryoanji (1984) for ensemble

Program for February 16

The New Century Players center the festival’s second evening on the Cage’s seminal graphic score Fontana Mix—a telling example of the composer’s fascination with the ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and silence. In addition to the original Fontana Mix tape music composition itself, the program consists of solo and small ensemble works by Cage, and works composed referencing the Fontana Mix score or using the Fontana Mix materials by Cage himself, and by composers responding to Cage’s benchmark.

in program order
Playing continuously in the lobby: Karlheinz Essl: FontanaMixer (2004–7)
John Cage: Fontana Mix (1958)
John Cage: Aria (1958), with WBAI (1960)
Cornelius Cardew: Piece for Guitar (for Stella) (1964); Stuart Fox, solo guitar
John Cage: Water Walk (1959); Kristen Erickson, performer
Ulrich Krieger: Unterwelten II & III, woodwind sextet
Max Neuhaus: Fontana Mix-Feed (1965)
John Cage: Theater Piece (1960) with WBAI (1960)
James Tenney: (Fontana) Mix for Six (Strings) (2001), string sextet

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