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UC Celebrates Centennial of John Cage

Dates: September 4-10, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

UCSD composer Roger Reynolds, San Diego flutist Karen Reynolds and Washington, D.C. composer Steve Antosca are planning an eight day festival in Washington D.C. celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary 20th century composer, John Cage.

The John Cage Centennial Festival, which aims to offer a “panoramic representation” of the influential composer’s works, is scheduled for Sept. 4-10, 2012 and will include many of Washington’s top tier cultural institutions, among them the National Gallery of Art, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, The Phillips Collection, American University, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congresss, among others.

As the festival also aims to contextualize Cage’s music, Reynolds work will be included on a Sept. 9 program at the National Gallery which also features pieces by Antosca, Robert Ashley, and (former UCSD faculty member) George Lewis.

Reynolds, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, has been spending time in Washington as assistant director for arts initiatives and artist-in-residence at the University of California, Washington Center. Reynolds also has strong connections to the National Gallery, which has presented his work (including “Sanctuary,” a performance now available on DVD), and the Library of Congress, which houses the Roger Reynolds Collection.

Reynolds is currently at work on a multimedia piece based on the writings of George Washington, which is scheduled for performance by the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Oct., 2013.

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