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CCM Celebrates Cage Centennial with November Events


John Cage's lasting legacy will be commemorated with events throughout the fall, including a special festival week running Nov. 5-9.

Date: 11/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Lillian Matchett
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683

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American composer John Cage (1912–92)
American composer John Cage (1912–92)

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) proudly presents performances and discussions throughout the month of November in honor of American composer John Cage’s 100th birthday.

The Cage Centennial Celebration commences with a week-long festival running Nov. 5-9, featuring unique collaborations between students and faculty from throughout CCM, along with a performance by Percussion Group Cincinnati. The celebration culminates on Thursday, Nov. 29, with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s annual “American Voices” concert.

An American composer celebrated for pushing the envelope with such works as 4'33" (featuring four-and-a-half minutes of silence for solo piano) and Imaginary Landscape Number 4 (for 12 radios played at once), John Cage inspired a generation of passionate and experimental composers. In 2012, 100 years after his birth, he is regarded as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. CCM’s Cage Centennial Celebration will feature the works of the composer as well as several of his contemporaries.

The festival kicks off on Monday, Nov. 5, with a marathon performance of Eric Satie’s Vexations for 18 straight hours in the Atrium of UC's Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Percussion Group Cincinnati will then present a sampling of Cage’s music from a period spanning five decades on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

On Friday, Nov. 9, Deborah Campana of Oberlin College will present her lecture “A Ping Qualified by a Thud: Reflections on the Life and Work of John Cage,” as part of CCM’s Thinking About Music Lecture Series, and that evening the festival will continue with a performance of HPSCHD (pronounced “harpsichord”). Also on the Nov. 9 program is Cage’s Ryoanji, with soprano Audrey Luna, and a rare recreation of Cage and Kenneth Patchen’s 1942 CBS radio play The City Wears a Slouch Hat, in collaboration with CCM's Department of Drama and Division of E-Media.

A John Cage festival would not be complete without a performance of 4'33", which will be featured during the Nov. 29 CCM Philharmonia concert, “American Voices XV,” along with Cage's Renga and Music For Three, featuring a collaboration with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Please see individual listings below for additional information. You can learn more about John Cage by visiting http://johncage.org.
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6 a.m.–11:59 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5
“Erik Satie’s Vexations
CCM kicks off this fall’s Cage Centennial Celebration with an 18-hour presentation of Erik Satie’s solo piano piece Vexations. The first “marathon” performance of this work was produced by John Cage and Lewis Lloyd at the Pocket Theatre in Manhattan in 1963.
Location: Atrium, Corbett Center for the Performing Arts
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7
• Faculty Artist Series •
Percussion Group Cincinnati
“John Cage: A 50-Year Retrospective”

A part of CCM’s Cage Centennial Celebration, Percussion Group Cincinnati presents works from five decades of John Cage’s percussion music on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
• Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
Deborah Campana, Oberlin College
“A Ping Qualified by a Thud: Reflections on the Life and Work of John Cage”

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
John Cage’s HPSCHD, Ryoanji and The City Wears a Slouch Hat
CCM’s celebration of John Cage’s centennial continues with a performance of HPSCHD (pronounced “harpsichord”). The evening also includes Cage’s Ryoanji, with soprano Audrey Luna, and a rare recreation of Cage and Kenneth Patchen’s 1942 CBS radio play The City Wears a Slouch Hat, in collaboration with CCM Drama and E-Media.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29
• CCM Orchestra Series •
Philharmonia Orchestra with Percussion Group Cincinnati
Mark Gibson, music director
Neal Gittleman, guest conductor
“American Voices XV – Celebrating John Cage at 100”

A part of CCM’s Cage Centennial Celebration, featuring Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England, John Cage’s 4'33", Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto (with Kris Rucinski, soloist) and John Cage’s Renga, with Music for Three (with Percussion Group Cincinnati).
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE. This concert can be included in a flex ticket package.
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Purchasing Tickets

Please refer to individual event listings for specific admission information. Tickets to “American Voices XV” can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation