Music organizations all over the country have been coming up with performances that honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the influential and controversial American composer John Cage -- and the UT School of Music is no different.
On Monday evening, the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble will present a concert dedicated to the legacy of Cage entitled "100 Years - A John Cage Celebration." The concert will offer a cross-section of Cage's work over 50 years. Included on the program is "Living Room Music" from 1940, a four-movement work for percussion quartet utilizing items typically found in one's living room, such as playing cards, speaker feedback, and a lighter. The ensemble is also featuring "Child of Tree" from 1975, performed by senior Music Education major David Miller. Constructed using chance operations and Cage's instructions, Miller's realization employs entirely plant-like materials such as pine cones, a pod-seed rattle, and an amplified cactus.
Dr. Andrew Bliss, Director of Percussion Studies at UT states "John Cage's compositions have changed the possibilities for the way we perceive music. He is the grandfather of the percussion ensemble and I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to share these works with the students and community surrounding the UT campus."
When: Monday, October 15th at 8 pm
Where: Alumni Memorial Building's Room 210 on the UT campus