John Cage, Paris, 1981.
Marfa Public Radio celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer John Cage on his birthday (Wednesday, September 5), with a Classical Midday tribute by host Roseland Klein of Fort Davis.
Roseland will begin at 11 AM with Cage’s “Third Construction,” followed by Satie’s “Parade.” Then music by Christopher Rouse, “Ku-Ka-llimoku,” and John Adam’s “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.” The first hour of Classical Midday will conclude with Derek Bermel (b. 1967) and his “Jamm on Toast.”
The second hour of Classical Midday will transition to “Baroque Conversations” that contrasts music from the Baroque era with contemporary music. All these modern composers trace their musical lineage back to Satie, Cage, Crumb, Andriessen, etc.
John Cage, who died 20 years ago, is being celebrated at a centennial festival in Washington DC, as well as here in Marfa TX at the Marfa Book Company, Wednesday night at 7 PM, with the Community Performance of 4′ 33″, his famous “silent” piece.
Area residents Alyce Santoro and Julian Mock were inspirited by the Cage centennial to create this sound piece.