The Music of John Cage: A John Cage Festival Concert

April 14, 2012

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From left to right: Elliot T. Cless, Billie Howard, Nora Barton, Ammie Brod, and Nomi Epstein. Photo by Eileen Mueuller.

The Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble presents Living Room Music (1940), scored for percussion and speech quartet, and Amanda DeBoer interprets Cage’s Aria (1958), a piece for solo voice that employs a graphic notation of curved lines in various colors marked with vowels, consonants, and words from five different languages. This concert also offers a unique opportunity to hear Four For A String Quartet (1989), one of Cage’s Number Pieces. This concert was part of a three-day festival devoted to celebrating the music of John Cage presented by a.pe.ri.od.ic.

John Cage (1912-1992) was one of the most unique and influential composers of the twentieth century. Cage had a special connection with Chicago, having lived here early on in his career and later returning to Northwestern University, finally putting his collection of scores, correspondences, and recordings at the Northwestern University Library.

 

Recorded Saturday, April 12, 2012 at the Chicago History Museum.