Please join us on Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm for “Performing John Cage,” a concert in the gallery of a selection of works by composer John Cage, including the seminal 4’33”, Radio Music, and the solo for cello from Concert for Piano and Orchestra. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Prepared Box for John Cage, this performance will feature Music Department faculty David Russell, Katherine Matasy, and Suzanne Stumpf, as well as Chamber Music Society members Carina Belvin, Gillian Beltz-Mohrmann, Victoria Wang, and Kathleen Regovich. Prepared Box for John Cage is presented with generous support from the Sandra Cohen Bakalar ’55 Fund.
John Cage’s poem “Silence”
Music, what does it communicate?
Is what’s clear to me clear to you?
Is music just sounds?
Then what does it communicate?
Is a truck passing by music?
If I can see it, do I have to hear it too?
If I don’t hear it, does it still communicate?
If while I see it I can’t hear it, but hear something else, say an egg-beater, because I’m inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates?
Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?