SO PERCUSSION

so percussion
Janette Beckman

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 8:00 pm
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre
$10.00/25.00/30.00

2011-2012 Fine Arts Season Performance

WE ARE ALL GOING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: A JOHN CAGE CELEBRATION

With special guests
Cenk Ergün, composer
Beth Meyers, viola
Students from the Butler School of Music

This performance is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and the Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Texas at Austin.

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival

Coined New York City’s “experimental powerhouse” by The Village Voice, Sō Percussion is America’s premiere modern performance ensemble. After a sold-out performance at McCullough Theatre in 2010, they return to Texas Performing Arts, along with guest composer Cenk Ergün, violist Beth Meyers, and students from the Butler School of Music, to present the Austin premiere of a new program commemorating the life and work of composer John Cage in his 100th birthday year.

Sō Percussion is hailed for navigating through the many extremes of emotion and musical possibility. Called “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine and “brilliant” by The New York Times, Sō’s innovative work is paired with original music by some of today’s most exciting composers.

In this comprehensive retrospective of Cage’s work, Sō Percussion has chosen some of their favorite Cage pieces. Those pieces are woven in with new music: some by their close friends and some of their own creation. And given Cage’s use of indeterminacy in this program, every concert will be different.

“The range of colors and voices that Sō Percussion coaxes from its menagerie is astonishing and entrancing.” – Billboard Magazine

“Anyone who feels that percussion music must by definition be merely ‘noise’ would have heard that idea discredited at this concert.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

REVIEWS, RESOURCES, AND MORE

Counting John Cage: So Percussion pays tribute at UT – Austin American-Stateman article
Sō Percussion website

PROGRAM

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Credo in US (1942) John CAGE
Needles (2010) SŌ PERCUSSION / MATMOS
Imaginary Landscape #1 (1939) John CAGE
Quartet for Percussion, from She is Asleep (1943) John Cage
Use (w/ Cenk Ergün & Beth Meyers) (2009) Cenk ERGÜN
0’00” (4’33” No.2) (with members of the UT Percussion Group and New Music Ensemble) (1962) John CAGE
18’12”, a simultaneous performance of Cage works
-Inlets (Improvisation II) (1977) John CAGE
-But what about the noise of crumpling paper… (1985)
-Duet for Cymbal (1960)
-45’ for a speaker (1954)
24 × 24 (with members of the UT Percussion Group and New Music Ensemble) (2011)
Jason Treuting
Third Construction (1941) John CAGE

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Credo in US (1942) John CAGE
Child of Tree (Improvisation I) (1975) John CAGE
1st Construction (in Metal) (1939) John CAGE
An Imaginary City (2008) Jason Treuting
Use (w/ Cenk Ergün & Beth Meyers) (2009) Cenk ERGÜN
“Bottles” from Ghostbuster Cook: The Origin of the Riddler (2011)Dan DEACON
18’12”, a simultaneous performance of Cage works
-Inlets (Improvisation II) (1977) John CAGE
-0’00” (4’33” No.2) (1962)
-Duet for Cymbal (1960)
-45’ for a speaker (1954)
24 × 24 (w/ special guests) (2011) Jason Treuting
Third Construction (1941) John CAGE

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Post-Performance Talkback
· Tuesday, March 6, immediately following the performance
· Wednesday, March 7, immediately following the performance
· McCullough Theatre

Artist in Residence
UT Composition Forum
· Date: TBD
· Butler School of Music

Composition Forum
With Cenk Ergün
· Date: Monday 5 March, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
· Butler School of Music, MRH 2.634

Where (We) Live, a lecture demonstration by So Percussion
· Date: Monday 5 March
· UT Battle Hall, Room 102
· Informed by the work of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
· For More Information call 471-0640 or cpatterson@texasperformingarts.org
· Sponsored by Texas Performing Arts and The Center for American Architecture and Design


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