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John Cage at 100

 28 July 2012 at 7.30pm 

John Cage at 100

City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Tilbury piano+
Ilan Volkov conductor

Endlessly innovative, John Cage's music defied category and blurred the lines between composition, improvisation and performance art. A theorist, philosopher and artist, he remained at the forefront of the American avant-garde until his death in 1992. The BBC SSO celebrates the centenary of Cage's birth with an evening of genre-defying performances. His tireless experimentations in sound questioned what music can be. As well as his Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, the concert features music for the human voice, cassette players, percussion, and an amplified cactus played by the evening's curator and BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov.

The concert, which is also part of this year's Merchant City Festival, will be recorded for future broadcast in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night new music programme Hear and Now.

John Cage : Concerto for Prepared Piano
John Cage : Atlas Eclipticalis, Winter Music
John Cage : But what about the noise...
John Cage : ear for EAR (Antiphonies)
John Cage : Improvisation III
John Cage : Child of Tree

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