"America has a climate for experimentation."
- John Cage


















































JCDCposter
View the John Cage Centennial Poster here








John Cage's Living Room Music in performance (exeerpt)
National Gallery of Art on September 5, 2012
Dustin Donahue, Ross Karre, Bonnie Whiting Smith, Alexis Descharmes
Kyle Johnson/John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC


PRESS RESPONSE TO THE FESTIVAL


VIEW FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS AS WELL AS PROGRAM NOTES

VIEW A MAP OF THE VENUES

FESTIVAL PHOTO IMAGES

 

John Cage Festival Rehearsal
Christopher Dobey/John Cage Centennial Festival
Washington, DC

Joan Retallack, Professor of Humanities at Bard College, presents ILLUMINATIONs 2 Lecture
La Maison Française:
"Anarchic Harmony: John Cage's Paradoxical Wager?"

TICKETS for events at each institution are determined by the institution. Events at government venues – Smithsonian Institution Freer and Hirshhorn, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress – are free and open to the public. A priceless day of events around watercolors occurs on 10 September, Monday at the University of California, Washington Center, and these events are free..

There is no advance admission process for the NGA and the Hirshhorn, but there is for the Freer/Margaret Leng Tan Recital and we recommend you take advantage of that. Ticket info and reservations can be obtained for the Margaret Leng Tan Recital HERE.

 

Please see the Calendar of Events for all specifics. Welcome!



GETTING THERE
All of the venues are within Metro subway, Metro bus or Circulator bus stops and a few blocks' walk.
DC Metro: www.wmata.com/index.cfm
DC Metrobus: www.wmata.com/bus/
Circulator bus: www.dccirculator.com/Home/RiderInformation/MobileApps.aspx

THE FESTIVAL

The John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC – a retrospective: music, watercolors, dance, theater –  will be held on and around his birthday, September 5, 2012. It includes art shows, concerts, workshops, recitals, educational events, lectures, and panels – all in Washington, DC, September 4 - 10, 2012. Participating institutions include the National Gallery of Art, La Maison Française/Embassy of France, The Phillips Collection, American University, College of Arts and Sciences, The Kreeger Museum, the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the University of California, Washington Center, the Library of Congress, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Cage specialists who will participate include Ray Kass, Cage’s collaborator on his watercolor work, and author of THE SIGHT OF SILENCE: John Cage’s Complete Watercolors: Joan Retallack, Bard College, author of MUSICAGE, CAGE MUSES ON WORDS. ART. MUSIC: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack on Cage's paradoxical “anarchic harmony;” Thomas DeLio, author of The Amores of John Cage; Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust; Don Gillespie, Cage's editor at C.F. Peters Corporation; Gordon Mumma, composer and longtime musician with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; and Brian Brandt, whose Mode Records has embarked on a project to record the complete works of Cage. Initial funding and other support has been provided by the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Contemporary Music Forum.

Performers include the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble with Lina Bahn, Lisa Cella, Alexis Descharmes, William Kalinkos, Ross Karre, and Jaime Oliver, guest pianist Jenny Lin and computer musician William Brent. Individual concerts will include performances by cellist Descharmes, violinist Irvine Arditti, Allen Otte and Percussion Group Cincinnati, as well as Steven Schick with the red fish blue fish ensemble, and pianists Stephen Drury and Margaret Leng Tan.