Composer John Cage (1912-1992) is the subject of Wesleyan's next Music & Public Life series installment, beginning with a free lecture by Cage biographer Richard Kostelanetz on Dec. 5 and a performance of Cage's Lecture on the Weather (1975), which mashes up the writings of Henry David Thoreau, environmental recordings by Maryanne Amacher and Luis Frangella's drawings of Thoreau. On Friday, the Wesleyan Orchestra and Wesleyan New Music Alliance air out Cage's highly conceptual Etcetera (1973) HPSCHD (1969) respectively; then David Barron, Wesleyan professors Ron Kuivila and Neely Bruce and vocalist Anne Rhodes tackle Cage's Song Books (1970) on Saturday. Cage (pictured right, with Alvin Lucier, center, and Christian Wolff, left) had a longstanding affiliation with the Middletown campus, and this year, the centenary of his birth, is the perfect time to celebrate that.
John Cage and Public Life Events
Dec. 5-8, Wesleyan University, Middletown, wesleyan.edu.