John Cage Weekend at Barbican Centre

Score for John Cage's 4-33, image:[via Kultureflash] John Cage Uncaged is a weekend of performances, films and discussions ("and mushrooms!") at Barbican Hall.

Cage symphony performances are rare enough to make them not-to-be-missed events. Highlights: Friday's BBC Orchestra concert, "Cage in his American Context," (which will include the first UK radio performance of Cage's most famous work, 4'33") and Saturday's Musiccircus, a happening-within-a-happening which gets an annoyingly giddy description "Bassoons in the bars, flutes in the foyers and, who knows, you might even find a tuba in the toilet!"

You can buy tickets or a weekend pass, but for my money, I'm sticking to the radio. Here's BBC3's program schedule for Friday (that's GMT, don'cha know):

19:25 John Cage Uncaged: Cage In His American context, Part One
20:20 Cage on Cage, interviews from the BBC Archives
20:40 John Cage Uncaged: Cage In His American context, Part Two
21:30 A discussion of Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story
22:00 John Cage Piano (including works by Feldman, Wolff, Schoenberg)

12/16 update: The Guardian collects Cage-related recollections and discussions by composers and artists, including Martin Creed's very Cage-y "I want what I want to say to go without saying."

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