Beyond Cage Festival

John Cage at 100/Music at 2012
October 22 - November 7, 2012, New York City

* John Cage’s major orchestra works, Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music, and the N.Y premiere of this last orchestra work 103, among others
* Two American premieres by Morton Feldman
* World Premieres by Christian Wolff and Roscoe Mitchell
* Works by Earle Brown, Petr Kotik, Christian Marclay. Luigi Nono, Salvatore Sciarrino, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Tenney, and young emerging composers


“It is the polemical work that becomes the spokesman for any age – like the music of John Cage.”—Morton Feldman

NEW YORK, NY—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, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava (Czech Republic), Ostravská banda, FLUX Quartet, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, Yarn/Wire Quartet, and S.E.M Ensemble. Soloists are Ursula Oppens and Joseph Kubera (Piano); Hana Kotková and Conrad Harris (Violin); Katalin Károlyí (Mezzo Soprano); Erin Lesser (Flute); Roscoe Mitchell (Saxophone), and Petr Kotik (Conductor).

Co-producers for BEYOND CAGE include Ostrava Center for New Music, the City University of New York, Graduate Center; Paula Cooper Gallery; ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn); Interpretations Series at Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn); Czech Center at Bohemian National Hall; and Talujon Percussion Ensemble.

Detailed program of the Beyond Cage Festival >>>

Participation of Ostravská banda
October 30, 2012
8:00 pm ISSUE Project Room (22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn)
Ostravská banda
Talujon Perccusion Ensemble
Petr Kotík, Conductor
Katalin Károlyi, Mezzo Soprano
John Cage: Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939)
First Construction (in Metal) (1939)
Inlets (1977)
Water Walk (1959)
Cartridge Music (1960)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kreutzspiel (1951)
James Tenney: Three Pieces for Drum Quartet (1974)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Infinito nero (1998)

November 4, 2012
5:00 pm Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Ostravská banda
Joseph Kubera, Piano
Conrad Harris, Violin
Roscoe Mitchell, Saxophone
Petr Kotík, Flute & Conductor
John Cage: Music of Changes (1951)
Petr Kotík: There is Singularly Nothing (1971-73)
John Cage: Freeman Etudes (1981)
Roscoe Mitchell: Red Flowers On A Bamboo Pole (Solo Saxophone) WORLD PREMIERE
John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957-58)

Participation of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
November 5, 2012
8:00pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (1941 Broadway, NYC)
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Hana Kotková, Violin
Joseph Kubera, Piano
Erin Lesser, Flute
Petr Kotík, Conductor
Morton Feldman: Piano and Orchestra (1976)
Structures for Orchestra (1961)
Flute and Orchestra (1978)
Violin and Orchestra (1979)

November 7, 2012
20:00 Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street, NYC)
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Lucie Vítková, Accordion
Petr Kotík, Conductor
Christian Wolff: individuals, collective WORLD PREMIERE
Lucie Vítková: Accept (2011)
John Cage: 103 (1991)
One11 (1992) (film by John Cage, realized by Henning Lohner)

Panel Discussion at Czech Center, New York
November 6, 2012
7:00pm Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street, NYC)
Peter Graham: „September 1964: Cage, Cunningham & Rauschenberg in Prague & Ostrava“

Detailed information about Beyond Cage Festival – S.E.M. Ensemble

Concerts of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Ostravská banda has been supported bythe city of Ostrava, ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Vítkovice Machinery Group, ČEPS, a.s. and Leoš Janáček Foundation.

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