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Cage-O-Rama Concert Celebrates the Music of John Cage from 1934 to 1990 at Pomona College

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More than 40 faculty and students of Pomona College’s Department of Music will unite to offer music spanning the compositional styles and years of Pomona College alumnus and innovator of music and performance John Cage on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). This concert is free and open to the public.

In this centennial celebration year of Cage’s birth, the Music Department joins in the worldwide commemoration with performances, celebrations and exhibits. “Our Cage-O-Rama performance will offer an exciting range of Cage’s music,” shares Tom Flaherty, concert co-organizer with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee.

“This program was especially chosen to offer an overview of Cage’s compositional career from his early music influenced by serial composers like Schoenberg, to the experimental music inspired by Henry Cowell and music composed using chance operations. We will also reflect Cage’s creativity by showcasing pieces using different sound sources ranging from traditional string instruments (violin, viola, etc.) to ‘prepared’ piano with nuts and bolts attached to the strings, to a conducted ensemble of 12 radios. Selections include the rarely heard Composition for Three Voices, written when Cage was just 22, and Fourteen, composed near the end of his life, at 88,” says Flaherty.

Among the performers are Karl and Margaret Kohn whose musical partnership started as undergraduates at Harvard. Their repertoire includes most of the music composed for two pianos and for piano, four hands, with special emphasis on the music of the 20th century. In their years performing together, they have been hailed as “extraordinary duo-pianists,” “exquisite,” “furiously exciting,” “poetic” and more, in reviews from The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Times (London), and others.

Pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, a familiar performer to Claremont audiences, will offer selections for both piano and prepared piano. Lee is an avid proponent of contemporary music and has recorded works by Kurt Rohde, Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin. Her performance experience spans the gamut from solo recitalist to chamber musician and orchestral soloist. She has performed with XTET, Southwest Chamber Music and the Garth Newel Piano Quartet in addition to being a founding member of the Mojave Trio.

Gwendolyn Lytle, soprano, is mostly known for her performances of American music, and has performed throughout the United States, Austria and Hungary. Additionally she’s been seen in numerous opera roles including Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Lucy in Joplin’s Treemonisha, among others.

Violinist Alfred Cramer’s professional orchestral playing commenced while in high school as a member of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra. Since, he has played in the New Haven Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra and in regional orchestras in the Philadelphia area. He has soloed with the National Repertory Orchestra and has performed with the Brandywine Baroque, and at the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, among others, as a period-instrument violinist.

Cynthia Fogg, violinist/violist, has performed extensively in the U. S. and Europe. She can be heard on Naxos, Opus One, Innova and other labels. She has played with a variety of orchestras including the Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and New Hampshire Symphony, in addition to numerous chamber ensembles. She’s appeared as a guest violist with the Kronos and Alexander quartets and, along with her husband and cellist/composer Tom Flaherty, is a member of Quartet Euphoria and the duo ensemble Celliola.

Theresa Dimond is currently principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Opera, and has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific and Long Beach symphonies. Also principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, she can be heard on numerous movie soundtracks including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Rush Hour 3, Rocky 5, Edward Scissorhands and others.

Leading the chamber ensembles is conductor Eric Lindholm, conductor of the Pomona College Orchestra.

Program

(Subject to change and not in concert order)

Composition for Three Voices (1934)

Alfred Cramer, violin; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Tom Flaherty, cello

Four Dances  (1942)

For wordless tenor voice, prepared piano (also handclap) and percussion (tom tom, handclap, footstomp)

Experiences I (1945)

Karl and Margaret Kohn, pianos

Sonatas and Interludes (1946-1948)

For prepared piano

Imaginary Landscape No.4 (1951)

For 12 radios, 24 performers and conductor

Fourteen (1990)

For piano solo, flute/piccolo, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, 2 percussionists, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass