December 07 ,
04:30 PM -
Richard Kostelanetz, the noted literary artist and author of the first biography of John Cage, will discuss the social dimension of John Cage's work. The lecture will be followed by a performance of John Cage's "Lecture on the Weather" (1975), which was commissioned for the U.S. bicentennial and intended to be performed by Americans who have renounced citizenship. The piece is comprised of texts drawn from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, a sequence of environmental recordings by Maryanne Amacher, and a film of fragments from the drawings of Thoreau by Luis Frangella. The work is prefaced with the statement of a political credo read by the composer that seems astonishingly contemporary in its concerns, and concludes with the following dedication: "to the USA, that it may become just another part of the world, no more, no less."