John Cage to Be Honored at Bard College Sept. 27-28

Classic Arts News   John Cage to Be Honored at Bard College Sept. 27-28
John Cage will be honored in two concerts this month by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company musicians, Nexus, John Ashbery, Leon Botstein and others at the Bard College's Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

The John Cage Tribute Concert on September 27 will feature collaborations between Cage and Cunningham, such as Four3 (1991), performed by MCDC musicians David Behrman, John King, Takehisa Kosugi, Stephan Moore and Christian Wolff; the U.S. premiere of Dance Music for Elfrid Ide (1940), which was rediscovered in 2005 and received only its second performance ever in May and will be performed here by Toronto-based percussion ensemble Nexus; and Water Walk (1959), performed by Behrman. In addition, the program includes the world premiere of For John (2007), a "happening" improvised and performed by Behrman, King, Moore and Wolff, who worked alongside Cage and know his work intimately; the performance will also be preceded by a talk and rehearsal.

Lecture on the Weather (1975), a collaborative multimedia stage work by John Cage with Maryanne Amacher and Luis Frangella, will be presented on September 28. The work was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcast Company in observance of the American bicentennial, and is based on texts by Henry David Thoreau. Scored for 12 speaker-vocalists or -instrumentalists, sound recordings and film, it will be performed by poet John Ashbery; Leon Botstein, president of Bard College; choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham; dancer Sage Cowles; artist Jasper Johns; performance artist John Kelly; Kevin Klose, president of National Public Radio; Garry Kvistad, musician and founder of Woodstock Percussion; composer and director Mikel Rouse; essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul, and musicians from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and Music Program.

Bard is presenting the two programs in celebration of the moving of the John Cage Trust, which houses the composer's archives and oversees rights to and performances of his work, at the college.

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