New World Symphony Presents Centennial Tribute to John Cage, Now thru 2/10

February 8
12:30 2013

Festival Performance Schedule

Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM
A John Cage Journey
A program of works from the 1940s and 1950s, these performances will take place throughout the concert hall of the New World Center, and will be interspersed with readings of one-minute stories from Cage's Indeterminancy.
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Joan La Barbara, vocalist
Meredith Monk, vocalist
Jessye Norman, soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Dancers from the New World School of the Arts

Imaginary Landscape 1 (1939) Perilous Night (1944)
Living Room Music (1940) The Seasons (1947)
Third Construction (1941) Sixteen Dances (1950-51)
Credo in Us (1942) Aria (1958)
The Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs (1942) Water Walk (1959)

Saturday, February 9, 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
Brandon Collwes, dancer
Andrea Weber, dancer

Cheap Imitation (1969) - Performed with a portion of the original Merce Cunningham
choreography titled "Second Hand" and a newly produced video.
Selections from Song Books (1970)

Sunday, February 10, 7:30 PM
John Cage, Program 3
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Three conductors TBA
Dancers from the New World School of the Arts

Dance / 4 Orchestras (1982) - Featuring four conducted ensembles positioned
throughout the concert hall and the New World Center
Etudes Australes (1974-75)
Renga (1975-76)

Dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists, the NWS fellowship program provides intensive post-graduate training and the finest professional preparation through a wide range of experiential performance and instructional activities. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists and coaches. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS' pioneering experimentation with distance learning via Internet2. Additionally, Fellows benefit from the innovative and state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal and practice facilities of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony.

In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The fellowships are awarded on a season-to-season basis for up to three seasons, and 87 Fellows participate in the program in any given year. Fellows are selected based on both their ability and their passion for the future of classical music.

Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in January 2011, the New World Center is a unique education, performance, production and creative space with state-of-the-art capabilities, owned and operated by the New World Symphony. A global hub for creative expression and collaboration and a laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the new building enables the New World Symphony to continue its role as a leader in integrating technology with music education and concert presentation. It is used by the New World Symphony for educational activities, musical and related cultural performances and events, rehearsals, Internet2 transmissions, recordings, broadcasts and webcasts. The venue is also available for third-party uses on a rental basis.

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