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CalArts Celebrates John Cage Centenary Throughout 2012

CalArts celebrates centenary of avant-garde music pioneer’s birth with yearlong activities.

Workshops with noted faculty and performances at CalArts and REDCAT to highlight works of John Cage


John Cage working with students at CalArts in 1986. Photo: Courtesy of CalArts

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January 10, 2012 – Valencia, CA.  Celebrating the 100th year of the birth of avant-garde music pioneer, John Cage, The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) presents a full slate of projects and performances for 2012.  Many of the works will make their Los Angeles debut as a part of the year long John Cage Centenary Festival.

To kickoff the festival, CalArts presents an intensive workshop that will focus on interpreting, preparing, and performing Cage’s legendary musical/theatrical composition Song Books, and will culminate in a large-scale performance on campus on Sunday, February 5, 2012. This performance aims to include at least one rendition of all 90 solos—a very rare occurrence in the work’s history. Press can contact Media Relations Manager Margaret Crane (mcrane@calarts.edu, 661-222-2787) to attend a workshop or the concert.

CalArts' Cage Festival 2012 Timeline - Spring 2012

January 16–29
CalArts Interim classes on John Cage

February 5
CalArts Campus
John Cage: Songbooks (rare complete version)

February 15
Roy and Edna Disney/California Institute of the Arts Theater (REDCAT)
Orchestra Concert
John Cage: 103, Fifty-Eight, Etcetera, Dance

February 16
REDCAT
Fontana Mix and Beyond
Works by: John Cage, James Tenney, David Behrman, Cornelius Cardew, Ulrich Krieger, Max Neuhaus, Karlheinz Essl

The second part of the festival will take place from September through December that will feature performances at CalArts Wild Beast, Villa Aurora, Goethe, and Hammer. Dates and times will be announced later in the spring.

Last edited by dthatt on Jan 12, 2012
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