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Nov 6, 2012 7:00 PM

Cage, Cunningham & Rauschenberg in Prague & Ostrava (1964)

A talk and presentation by Peter Graham. This event is a part of the "BEYOND CAGE – John Cage at 100 / Music at 2012" Festival. Free admission.


In September 1964, on their way to the Warsaw Autumn festival, the Cunningham Dance Company, John Cage, David Tudor and Robert Rauschenberg (traveling as the tour’s art director and stage technician) performed in Prague and Ostrava. These performances were significant for the Czech music scene, as Cage and Tudor met with composers and gave a public talk. The Cunningham Company and Cage were also given the rare opportunity to perform Concert for Piano and Orchestra with a full orchestra (conducted by the composer, Tudor at the piano)–Musica viva pragensis, organized by 22-year-old Petr Kotik. Peter Graham’s talk includes documents, commentaries and eyewitness accounts of this historic visit.

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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: Program from Prague 1964 concert by the Cunningham Dance Company, Photo from S.E.M.  Ensemble archives



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Nov 6, 2012 7:00 PM


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