John Cage. Photo from *Newsworks and Cage: Beyond Silence websites.*
About the Event
As with many of Cage's works, Song Books is indeterminate with regard to performance. In order to highlight the immense and open possibilities of the score, *Cage: Beyond Silence *offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience multiple versions of this work, further inviting audiences to engage with the ephemeral qualities of music so important to Cage.
Pushing the boundaries of instrumental performance techniques and electro-acoustic sound production, the New England-based seven-member ensemble The BSC offers a bold interpretation of Cage’s Song Books.
Ripe with texts by Thoreau, Satie, Duchamp, Buckminster Fuller and Merce Cunningham, this performance will fill the beautiful acoustic space of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, inviting audiences to enjoy the surprising beauty of Cage's most important score.
The BSC is Bhob Rainey - Soprano Saxophone, Director; Greg Kelley Trumpet; James Coleman Theremin; Liz Tonne Voice; Chris Cooper - Guitar and Electronics; Vic Rawlings - Cello and Electronics; and Mike Bullock - Bass.
Cage: Song Books (Solos for Voice 3–92) (1970)
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $5 Student Admission. Get tickets here.
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
3723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104