John Cage at 100
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 28 July 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Cage Concerto for Prepared Piano+ (c.22')
First Interval (c.15')
Cage Atlas Eclipticalis/Winter Music+ (c.30')
John Tilbury piano+
Ilan Volkov conductor
Second Interval (c.20')
Cage But what about the noise... (c.15')
Materials / percussion
Cage ear for EAR (Antiphonies) (c.5')
Cage Improvisation III (c.15')
Cage Child of Tree* (c.8')
Ilan Volkov conductor (and amplified plants*)
Endlessly innovative, John Cage's music defied category and blurred the lines between composition, improvisation and performance art. A theorist, philosopher and artist, he remained at the forefront of the American avant-garde until his death in 1992. The BBC SSO celebrates the centenary of Cage's birth with an evening of genre-defying performances. His tireless experimentations in sound questioned what music can be. As well as his Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, the concert features music for the human voice, cassette players, percussion, and amplified plants played by the evening's curator and BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov.
The concert, which is also part of this year's Merchant City Festival, will be recorded for future broadcast in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night new music programme Hear and Now. It is presented by Robert Worby.
Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application (not suitable for young children) Booking fee may apply.
The BBC Proms is planning to celebrate John Cage's centenary with a special music walk on the day of our Cage Centenary Celebration Prom on August 17th. Visit the Music Walk website for 10 free pieces of Cage-inspired music and to find out more.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.