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Making the Right Choices:
A John Cage Centennial Celebration

Tickets to each performance begin at $30.
All events will take place at the New World Center, Miami Beach, FL

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM
A John Cage Journey

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor/piano
Joan La Barbara, vocalist
Meredith Monk, vocalist
Jessye Norman, soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Jesse Stiles, electronics
Dancers from New World School of the Arts

The festival begins with a musical journey through Cage’s works from the 1940s and 1950s. Dancers from New World School of the Arts perform choreography by Merce Cunningham.

Cage: Imaginary Landscape No. 1
Cage: Credo in Us
Cage: The Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs
Cage: She is Asleep, Part I
Cage: She is Asleep, Part II
Cage: Living Room Music
Cage: Perilous Night
Cage: The Seasons
Cage: Sixteen Dances
Cage: Aria and Fontana Mix
Cage: Water Walk
Cage: Third Construction

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM
John Cage: Song and Dance

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Joan La Barbara, vocalist
Meredith Monk, vocalist
Jessye Norman, soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Yuval Sharon, director
Jesse Stiles, electronics
Brandon Collwes, dancer
Andrea Weber, dancer

Solo dancers from Merce Cunningham’s celebrated company perform the lead roles in a new realization of Second Hand, a major collaboration of Cage and Cunningham based on music by Erik Satie. Cage used I-Ching chance operations to deconstruct Satie's music and reform it into a Dada-esque musical coloring book, asking such questions as: "Of those orchestra instruments that easily play all the notes of the phrase, how many and which actually do?"

MTT, Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, Jessye Norman, Marc-André Hamelin and NWS musicians join forces for a multimedia production of Cage’s mind-bending and provocative Song Books. With texts by Henry David Thoreau, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie and others, each of the work’s solos explores the boundaries of song, live electronics and theater.

Cage: Cheap Imitation / Second Hand
Cage: Song Books

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Renga: A John Cage Tribute

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Dancers from New World School of the Arts

Cage’s Dance 4/Orchestras is a work for four small orchestras inside and outside the concert hall. The poetic and violent gestures of each orchestra stretch across space to suggest the past, present and future. The music for each orchestra consists of 12 pairs of pages that Cage indicated may be performed as a whole or in part and in any order. The performance will be enhanced by a specially designed video collage derived from Cage’s graphic works.

Marc-André Hamelin stars in a selection of Cage’s notoriously difficult Etudes Australes, a body of 32 indeterminate works for solo piano written using star charts as source material.

Presented as the festival culmination, Renga is a large-scale, free-form improvisatory work for orchestra and soloists based on 361 drawings by Henry David Thoreau and the structure of Japanese poetry. The work blurs the boundaries between sound and music, allowing the musicians immense freedom in determining the choices they make.

Reserve $20 floor seating and be completely immersed in the performance!

Cage: Dance/4 Orchestras
Cage: Etudes Australes
Cage: Renga

(($20 stage/floor seating)

Free Events
Some events require tickets

Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 PM, SunTrust Pavilion
No Such Thing As Silence

Lecture by Kyle Gann
Opening of NWS: 4’33” by Mikel Rouse
Opening of Collaborations: Images from the John Cage and
Merce Cunningham Trusts (Clinton Room)

The really strange thing about 4'33"—John Cage’s famous and most controversial work—is not that it's a piece of silence, but that it's a piece of silence “divided into three movements.” This talk by Kyle Gann, author of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33”, will cover the multitude of influences that finally led Cage to paradoxically superimpose the structure of a classical sonata over a Zen meditation.

This event will also include the opening of NWS: 4’33”, a video installation by artist Mikel Rouse. This installation will simultaneously and randomly present multiple recorded performances of 4’33” contributed via YouTube by individuals from around the world. It will be on display in the SunTrust Pavilion throughout the festival.

The event will also include the opening of Collaborations: Images from the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Trusts, a photo exhibit on display in the Clinton Room throughout the festival.

Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 PM, Miami Beach SoundScape
John Cage

Film by Peter Greenaway (1983; 55 minutes)

This film on John Cage is one in a series of four by the master British director Peter Greenaway that also feature Robert Ashley, Philip Glass and Meredith Monk. Each is based on London performances under the aegis of the New York/Almeida Festival, introducing the work of each artist to British audiences. The film on John Cage captures “A Musicircus,” a 70th-birthday celebration of the composer, and features 12 works by Cage as well as interview material with the composer himself.

Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 PM, SunTrust Pavilion

Film by Elliot Caplan (1991; 95 minutes)

This insightful program documents the 50-year collaboration between two revolutionary American artists, composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Tracing the history of their renowned and enduring joint endeavors, the film explores the artistic and philosophical associations that Cage and Cunningham have had with a wide range of leading figures in the art, literary, dance and music worlds.

Saturday, February 9 at 4:30 PM, SunTrust Pavilion
"by virtUe of / deepLy with:" John Cage and The Art of Conversation

Lecture by Joan Retallack

When Joan Retallack met John Cage in 1965, they engaged in lively conversations about art and philosophy over several days for no reason other than their own pleasure. Two and a half decades later they decided to make a book of their conversations on Cage’s art and philosophy. Ms. Retallack will talk about Cage’s art of conversation as self-alteration (and vice versa) and read excerpts from MUSICAGE—Cage Muses on Words. Art. Music: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack.

Sunday, February 10 at 2 PM, SunTrust Pavilion
Song Books Actualized

Panel discussion moderated by Laura Kuhn

Michael Tilson Thomas will be joined by his artistic collaborators—vocalist Joan La Barbara, director Yuval Sharon, electronics performer Jesse Stiles, visual designer Jason Thompson and Fellows from the New World Symphony—for this recap account of the New World Symphony’s production of John Cage’s Song Books.

Sunday, February 10 at 4:30 PM, SunTrust Pavilion
John Cage: Florida (1975198319881991)

Lecture by Gustavo Matamoros

Miami composer Gustavo Matamoros will recount stories and presents rare documentary evidence of John Cage’s four visits to South Florida.

Throughout Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration, Mr. Matamoros will also rebroadcast at 800 Lincoln Road his Listening Gallery adaptation Sounding Through Empty Words IV. This piece features the voice of Cage himself performing Empty Words IV, as recorded in Miami during the 1991 Subtropics Festival.