CAGE & FRIENDS
Thursday, September 6, 8:00 PM
First Presbyterian/Santa Monica; general admission: $25
Living Room Music (1940)
John Cage/Lou Harrison
Double Music (1941)
4’ 33” piano (1952)
Spectral Canon for Conlon Nancarrow for player piano (1976)
Second Construction (1940)
Five Encores to Dynamic Motion: “Antinomy” (1917)
Creation & Transfiguration, two shape note hymns (1794)
Some of the Harmony of Maine: Creation; Transfiguration (1978)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1949-50)
Mark Robson, piano
Mark Alan Hilt, organ
Jacaranda Chamber Singers
Jacaranda Percussion Ensemble
This introduction to Cage emphasizes his early artistic friendships with a variety of short works for percussion ensemble and solo piano. Excerpts from an organ work using six assistants to pull stops will be presented in context with Cage’s interest in 18th century American Music. For good measure, the first piece of American experimental music is included. The evening concludes with a classic of the mid-century string quartet repertoire.
SATIE’S VEXATIONS – 24 hours
Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM to Saturday, September 8, 7:00 PM
Miles Playhouse in Reed Park; no admission charge
Reservations highly recommended:
Fri., 7 p.m. – Sat., 12:15 a.m.
Sat. 1 a.m. - 6:15 a.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Joanne Pearce Martin
Sat., 3 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Genevieve Feiwen Lee
Mark Alan Hilt
First published by Cage in 1949, this work was long considered a joke until Cage organized the first performance in 1963. Eric Satie, a composer Cage idolized, asked that three bars of music – less than a page – be repeated 840 times. Jacaranda’s rare complete performance will employ 32 pianists playing successively without pause. The audience is free to come and go as space permits and are encouraged to bring cushions for casual seating.
THE 10,000 THINGS
Saturday 8:00 PM, September 8
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club; General admission: $25
Spoken presentation covering Cage’s life and work until 1960 including his
invention of the prepared piano, and his famous 4’33”
The Perilous Night (1944)
The Ten Thousand Things:
34' 46.776'' (1954)
31' 57.9864'' (1954)
26' 1.1499'' (1955)
27' 10.554'' (1956)
Aron Kallay, prepared piano
John Schneider, speaker
Tom Peters, double bass
Vicki Ray, prepared piano
William Winant, percussion
Eric Smigel, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Musicology Program at San Diego State University, is a pre-concert lecturer for La Jolla Music Society. His interest in music of the 20th century, and its relation to other arts, is expressed in a SDSU course in psychedelic rock of the 1960s, as well as research and publications about such American experimental composers as David Tudor, James Tenney and John Cage. Written in 1944 during WWII, Cage’s The Perilous Night is the composer’s last composition to intentionally express his feelings. The evening’s first public performance of The Ten Thousand Things is the simultaneous performing of five solos from the series of works known only by their duration in minutes and seconds.
Sunday 4:30 p.m. September 9, 2012
Annenberg Beach House; no admission charge
RSVP required: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/199463539
Sonatas & Interludes (1946-48)
Adam Tendler, prepared piano
This collection of interrelated works represents the pinnacle of Cage’s music written for prepared piano. The piano is elaborately altered according to a prescribed plan using a variety of hardware, and pieces of rubber and plastic to give the instrument an otherworldly sound. Cage wrote it after studying with Ananda Coomaraswamy, the Indian art historian who was in particular interested in the eight states of rasa: love, mirth, fury, tragedy, aversion, terror, heroism, wonder. These emotions and their associations with Indian deities and specific colors are fundamental to Indian art and philosophy. With his 13 short sonatas and 11 interludes, Cage set out to explore these states in one work, which many consider among his finest achievements.