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Japan Society to Present ‘Cage Shock’ Celebrating Connection Between John Cage and Japan


John Cage had conceived a project titled “Noh-opera: Or the Complete Musical Works of Marcel Duchamp,” which remained unrealized. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp’s “Manual of Instructions” for the infamous peephole artwork “Étant donnés,” The composer had envisioned a significant premiere in Japan. However, it never came to be. On Dec. 7, 2023, Japan Society will present “Cage Shock,” a concert {…}


Brooklyn Art Song Society 2023-24 Review: Circles III – The Second Viennese School


(Photo credit: Catherine Hancock) Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) presented “Circles III: The Second Viennese School” on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. The organization’s season has been a major hit among art song lovers and listeners who might not find a program like this anywhere else, but right here in Brooklyn.  The season began {…}


Ljuba Bergamelli to Honor Cathy Berberian in Recital at Nuova Consonanza Festival


The Nuova Consonanza Festival will present a recital in honor of Cathy Berberian on Dec. 9, 2023. Titled “La tua voce è quest’anima diffusa, the showcase will feature soprano Ljuba Bergamelli as she takes on music for solo voice by such composers as John Cage, Domenico Guaccero, Morton Feldman, Pasquale Corrado, Elliott Carter, Georges Aperghis, Alessando Solbiati, Vittorio Montalti, Maria {…}


Susan Graham & Davóne Tines Headline Detroit Opera’s ‘Europeras 3 & 4’


Detroit Opera has announced the cast for its “Europeras 3 & 4” this March. The John Cage work will star Davóne Tines and Susan Graham. They will be joined by sopranos Jennifer Cresswell, Kisma Jordan, and Melanie Spector; tenor River Guard; baritones Rolfe Dauz and Robert Wesley Mason; pianists John Etsell and Marina Stojanovska; and actors Biba Bell, Shannon White, {…}

Opera Meets Film, Special Features

Opera Meets Film: Robert Ashley’s TV Opera ‘Perfect Lives’


It’s easier to appreciate Robert Ashley’s 1983 “Perfect Lives” by simply accepting it on faith as an “opera” rather than try to cram it into the narrow definition established for the genre. There’s quite a bit of text, some singing, a story with characters, and perhaps too much of a visual spectacle. Purists with preconceived notions about how exactly these {…}


Julia Bullock Returns to Park Avenue Armory


Julia Bullock is set to return to the Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 11 and 13, 2023. Bullock is set to perform alongside pianist John Arida in a recital that includes music by Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf, Connie Converse, Luciano Berio, Gioachino Rossini, John Cage, Pat Castleton/Spencer Williams Cora “Lovie” Austin/Alberta Hunter, Cora “Lovie” Austin, Billie Holiday/Sonny White, Nina Simone/Weldon, Nina Simone, {…}


Michael Kelly to Headline Victoria Bond’s Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival


Baritone Michael Kelly is set to headline “Neighbors, Lovers, and Friends” at the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival on Sept. 9, 2023. The showcase, which will take place at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, will feature music by Victoria Bond, John Cage, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, John Glover, John Musto, and Astor Piazzolla. Kelly {…}


International Contemporary Ensemble Announces 2023-24 Season


International Contemporary Ensemble has announced its 2023-24 Season. For this article, only vocal performances are listed. In October, the Ensemble will present a George Lewis Portrait Concert. On the program is the U.S. premiere of Lewis’ “H. narrans” (2020), a work for voice and chamber ensemble. Performance Date: Oct. 5, 2023 A performance of John Cage’s series of compositions titled “Ryoanji,” {…}


Ema Katrovas Headlines Schubert Club’s ‘Patricia Hampl: Writing My Way into Music’


Soprano Ema Katrovas will present “Patricia Hampl: Writing My Way into Music” at the Schubert Club in Minnesota on May 16, 2023. Joined by pianist Dan Chouinard, Katrovas will present works by Dvorak, Janácek, and other Czech composers. The program will feature Hampl as she curates and narrates a concert that explores her lifelong passion for Czech music. Katrovas is {…}