John Cage Centennial Celebration
Austin's new music groups join forces to present five hour marathon concert featuring over 30 works and over 50 musicians
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Austin, TX - John Cage, perhaps the most influential composer of the 20th century, would have been 100 years old on September 5th. This year, concert halls around the world have been filled with sound (and silence) commemorating his work. Of course, Cage's music is no anomaly here in Central Texas -- Austin's contemporary music champions have been celebrating Cage for quite some time. Now in its twelfth year, Michelle Schumann's "Happy Birthday Mr. Cage!" has become a veritable institution in Austin, collecting a dedicated fan base to cheer on the annual celebration. New Music Co-op has been incorporating Cage's repertoire into concerts for over a decade, and relative newcomers "line upon line" have been energetically working their way through his percussion repertoire.
As huge fans of Cage's music and ideas, this community of musicians wanted its part of the world-wide celebration to represent the range and beauty of his compositional output -- not just his "Greatest Hits." Drawing from a long list of works stretching from 1931 to 1992, co-curators Brent Baldwin (Texas Choral Consort), Michelle Schumann (Austin Chamber Music Center), Matt Teodori (line upon line), and Travis Weller (New Music Co-op) have crafted five one-hour concerts which celebrate the many and varied sides of this insanely inventive composer.
Co-presented by Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin New Music Co-op, line upon line percussion, and Texas Choral Consort, this celebration promises to delight the most die-hard of fans, along with the mildly curious, featuring a wide array of over thirty works performed by close to fifty musicians. It's John Cage's 100th Birthday Party, and everyone is invited!