I attended the crowded event to see the group I had featured, Percussion Group Cincinnati, perform Cage’s Music for Three while the CCM Philharmonia played Cage’s Renga. It was as charming and strange, as enigmatically mysterious, as one expects of Cage.
But what was completely unexpected — and absolutely, breathtakingly, thrilling — was the performance before that, CCM student Kris Rucinski’s mastery of the four movements of Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto.
Hutton writes: “the signal event of the evening was (Lou) Harrison’s (Piano) Concerto,” performed by first year Master of Music student Kristofer Rucinski.
You can read her full review here.
“CCM’s concert is special for Cage enthusiasts,” Rosen writes. “Percussion Group Cincinnati — a CCM ensemble-in-residence for 30-plus years — not only knew Cage (who died in 1992 at age 79), but he wrote the piece they will perform Thursday, ‘Music for Three,’ just for them back in 1984. The piece is written for three percussionists and 150 (!) instruments of their choice.”
Learn more about Cage’s extensive history with CCM (the composer was a CCM artist-in-residence in 1968) as detailed by Rosen here.
Learn more about the concert and guest conductor Neal Gittleman here.
CCM’s month-long Cage Centennial Celebration comes to a close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s annual “American Voices” concert, featuring special guests Percussion Group Cincinnati. CCM welcomes guest conductor Neal Gittleman for this concert.
“American Voices XV – Celebrating John Cage at 100” features Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England, John Cage’s 4’33″, Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto (with Kris Rucinski, soloist) and John Cage’s Renga, with Music for Three (with Percussion Group Cincinnati).
CCM proudly presents performances and discussions throughout the month of November in honor of American composer John Cage’s 100th birthday.
The Cage Centennial Celebration commences with a week-long festival running Nov. 5-9, featuring unique collaborations between students and faculty from throughout CCM, along with a performance by Percussion Group Cincinnati. The celebration culminates on Thursday, Nov. 29, with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s annual “American Voices” concert.