Featuring Petr Kotik and the S.E.M. Ensemble, FLUX Quartet, Ursula Oppens, Talujon Percussion Ensemble and Others
This fall, as the John Cage centennial year comes to a head, one of the United States’ biggest and most exciting Cage celebrations is dedicated to taking measure of his legacy as a composer.
Presented by Petr Kotik (pictured, to the right of Cage) and his S.E.M. Ensemble, the BEYOND CAGE festival will offer a series of concerts placing Cage's music in the context of his influence on his peers and on the generations that followed him. In addition to Kotik, one of Cage's most esteemed interpreters, BEYOND CAGE will feature performances by the FLUX Quartet, Jospeh Kubera, Ursula Oppens, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, and an array of other new-music virtuosi.
The massive festival will feature eight concerts and two , from October 22 to November 7 (full schedule here) at venues across the city, from Brooklyn's cutting-edge Roulette to the main stage of Carnegie Hall.
The concerts will take on the full range of Cage's output, including his well-known percusssion repertoire, his chamber music, and his works for symphony orchestra, including the New York premiere of 103, his final orchestral composition. Each evening will juxtapose Cage's music with that of composers he has inspired over the decades, including Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Christian Wolff.
In addition, S.E.M. will trace the contemporary influence of Cage in an evening of works exclusively by emerging composers such as Alex Mincek and Kate Soper. And by offering an entire concert of the orchestral music of Cage’s close associate Morton Feldman, the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava will provide another perspective on the music and times of these two compositional giants in the city they called home.