Southwest Chamber Music Plays John Cage
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The last date listed for Southwest Chamber Music: Cage 2012 was Saturday March 24, 2012 / 8:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk at 7:30pm).
Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music continues its survey of musical works by John Cage in Cage 2012, a festival honoring the centennial of Cage’s birth. The concert is a celebration of Henry David Thoreau, a major influence on Cage. The program consists of two works engaging Thoreau’s words and drawings. Lecture on the Weather (with film) and Score (40 Drawings by Thoreau) & 23 parts: Twelve Haiku Followed by a Recording of the Dawn at Stony Point, New York, August 6, 1974.
Performers include musicians of Southwest Chamber Music joined by a celebrity list of speakers, plus students from Hamilton High School Academy of Music, a Grammy Signature School and winner of the 2010 Bravo Award for excellence in teaching the arts. The “outspoken men” in Lecture on the Weather include: Terrence Roberts, psychologist, and original member of the Little Rock 9 which de-segregated Central High School in Little Rock in 1954 during the Civil Rights Movement; E. Randol Schoenberg, board member and grandson of the composer, Arnold Schoenberg; Michael Alexander, Executive Director of “Grand Performances” in Los Angeles; John Schneider, host of KPFK’s Global Village_; Thor Steingraber, Vice President of Programming for the Music Center; Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director for the Pasadena Playhouse and former Managing Director of the Center Theater Group; Bob Bruning, music teacher (technology, industry, production)at Hamilton Academy of Music; David Spiro, tenor, and Development Manager for Southwest; Jeff von der Schmidt, Southwest Chamber Music Artistic Director; and Tom Peters, James Foschia, Peter Jacobson, Southwest musicians.
Lecture on the Weather _was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Company and composed in collaboration with a filmmaker and a recording engineer. It is prefaced with an essay by Cage, read live, and followed by fragments of Thoreau’s Walden, his Journal, and Lecture on Civil Disobediance, selected in chance operations. It was to be performed, according to Cage, by 12 men, “preferably American men who have become Canadian citizens.” Score was composed by means of placing Thoreau drawings from his journal and other sources upon twelve lines of music staves which serve as graphic notation for the musicians. The drawings upon each staff are arranged in the 5-7-5 structure of a Haiku poem, and each line is a Haiku. Finally, the musicians stop, and a tape of the dawn at Stony Point invites the world into the concert hall.
About the Ticket Supplier: Southwest Chamber MusicTwo-time Grammy Award winner Southwest Chamber Music, founded in 1987, is one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the United States, presenting concert series at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and a celebrated summer festival at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The ensemble also offers Blendings: Music and Wine, one of the few regularly scheduled open rehearsal series in the nation at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena. The ensemble provides weekly music education programs in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts through Project Muse in-school concerts and a Mentorship Program. Southwest Chamber Music takes its name from the Southwest Museum, the oldest cultural institution in Southern California.
The ensemble has received two consecutive Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and 2004 for Volume I and Volume II of the complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez. Southwest Chamber Music's Composer Portrait Series on Cambria Master Recordings received a 2002 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for a "landmark set of 12 compact discs featuring American music of our time."