Save the Date: John Cage’s 4’33” to be performed on Saturday August 29th at WAAM, 6PM
John Cage’s 4’33” was first performed publicly at the Maverick Concert Hall as part of a concert produced by the WAAM on August 29, 1952. For the 5th consecutive year, we will present a performance of this truly revolutionary and still controversial composition in our Towbin Wing on the anniversary of the original performance.
It is especially appropriate this year, since the exhibition Music in the Woods, One Hundred Years of Maverick Concerts is currently view in the Towbin. This year, sitar player John Dubberstein will perform the piece with his Clear Light Ensemble. This raga-based world jazz group has sculpted an ever-changing landscape of sonic possibilities over the past decade and we’re thrilled to have them performing the Cage piece and one or two of their own compositions.
Also on hand will be Kay Larson, who will speak on Cage’s role in the creation of post-modernism. An acclaimed art critic, columnist, and editor, Kay Larson was the art critic for New York Magazine for 14 years, and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Click here to read a recent article she wrote on Cage and Buddhism for the Huffington Post. Larson is the author of Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists.
To see a video-taped interview with John Cage briefly discussing his views about music click HERE.