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Center for the Arts

Friday , December 07 , 2012 , 08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Wesleyan University Orchestra will perform John Cage's "Etcetera" (1973), which was commissioned by Wesleyan University for the inauguration of the Center for the Arts. This orchestra piece calls for three conductors who stand before stations of two, three, and four chairs. Orchestra members, seated around these stations and gently playing cardboard boxes, may elect to move to a station and submit to the direction of one of the conductors. In this way, the piece presents the orchestra not as a factory of sound unified by the baton of its conductor, but as a heterophonic play of individual freedoms and group commitments. Following the performance of "Etcetera" will be an extended performance of "HPSCHD" (1969) by the Wesleyan New Music Alliance in Fayerweather Beckham Hall. "HPSCHD" was composed collaboratively by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller as an attempt to enact the possibilities of computer music in terms of abundance and variety rather than singular control. First performed at the University of Illinois, the work is presented as an open environment in which the audience freely moves between up to seven harpsichord soloists while enveloped in a environment of up to 51 distinct channels of sound generated via tape playback systems.

    Location: Crowell Concert Hall
    Admission: $5 General Public; $5 Seniors, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Non-Wesleyan Students; $4 Wesleyan Students
    Sponsor: Music Department

    Contact: 860-685-3355, boxoffice@wesleyan.edu