The New Music: John Cage Centenary Celebration
In celebration of the 100 birthday of American musical giant John Cage, Media Studies presented the John Cage Centenary Concert, free and open to the public on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.
John Cage’s relationship with The New School stretches back to 1933 when Henry Cowell invited the young composter to study with Cowell and Adolph Weiss. From 1956 to 1961, Cage taught classes in experimental composition at The New School. He also taught on mycology—the study of fungi—and delivered a series of lectures on everything from music to mushrooms, from Buckminster Fuller to Marshall McLuhan. During that period Cage wrote several now well-known works including Variations 1 and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and worked to develop his own system of musical graphic notation and was a founder of the New York Mycological Society.
The performance was organized by The New School’s Barry Salmon (with Dylan Fisher’s tireless assistance), and featured Chris Mann, among others.