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Nov 7, 2012 8:00 PM

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava

Concert. Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava: Cage, Wolff, and Vítková. This event is a part of the "BEYOND CAGE – John Cage at 100 / Music at 2012" Festival.

Christian Wolff 
individuals, collective (2012) World Premiere

Lucie Vítková             
(2011) American Premiere

John Cage                   
(1991) New York Premiere
One 11 (1992) film by John Cage, realized by Henning Lohner

The Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava  (JPO) performs three pieces never before heard in New York: Cage’s last orchestra composition 103, a 90-minute piece for 103 musicians, commissioned by WDR (Cologne, Germany) for his 80th birthday; the world premiere of  Christian Wolff’s individuals, collective, commissioned by Beyond Cage and composed for the JPO and Kotik; and the U.S. premiere of Czech composer Lucie Vítková’s (b. 1985) Accept, for solo accordion, drum set and symphony orchestra.

Cage’s black & white 35-mm film One11 was produced and directed by Henning Lohner and Cage in Munich in 1992 to run concurrently with 103.

Tickets: $25 General, $ 15 Festival Pass, Students, Seniors

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BEYOND CAGE - John Cage at 100 / Music at 2012
In conjunction with the centennial of John Cage’s birth, artistic director Petr Kotik and S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc present “BEYOND CAGE – John Cage at 100 / Music at 2012”, a festival highlighting some of Cage’s most significant works and his legacy in the music of our time. In the mid-20th century, Cage created pieces that opened a new path to the composition, performance and perception of music. The festival’s nine program will span four generations from Cage and his close associates (Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and Earle Brown) to young emerging composers, and will display the composer’s broad and lasting influence on today’s composition. BEYOND CAGE will feature longtime collaborators and interpreters, including Joseph Kubera, Christian Wolff, Petr Kotik, and Talujon Percussion Ensemble, among others. All the living composers will participate in the performance of their work.

“John Cage’s music is challenging to perform and impossible to imitate and his ideas have been part of the discourse not only among composers, but also among artists and intellectuals for more than sixty years,” Artistic Director Petr Kotik says. “The idea beyond the festival is to present Cage in the context of today’s music and to show that influence is not imitation.”

Performing ensembles include The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (Czech Republic), FLUX Quartet, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, Yarn/Wire Quartet, S.E.M Ensemble, and Ostravská banda. Soloists are Ursula Oppens and Joseph Kubera (Piano); Hana Kotková and Conrad Harris (Violin); Katalin Károlyí (Mezzo Soprano); Erin Lesser (Flute); Roscoe Mitchell (Saxophone), Lucie Vítková (accordion) and Petr Kotik (Conductor).

Co-producers for BEYOND CAGE include the The Graduate Center, CUNY; Paula Cooper Gallery; ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn); Interpretations Series at Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn); Czech Center at Bohemian National Hall; and Talujon Percussion Ensemble.

Image: Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra at Ostrava Days 2011. Courtesy of Ostrava Center for New Music



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Nov 7, 2012 8:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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