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Eastern to Present John Cage Centennial Concert

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will present a concert honoring John Cage, one of the most controversial and creative composers of the 20th Century, at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Directed by Anthony Cornicello, professor of music, and Jeff Calissi, associate professor of music, the concert will include pieces for percussion, voice, electronics and keyboard. Featured works by Cage include "Imaginary Landscape No. 1," the earliest piece on the program as it dates from 1939; "One4" performed by Calissi; "Four3" which push boundaries of traditional notation and musical time; excerpts from "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano" performed by Cornicello with a piano prepared with screws, bolts and pieces of rubber and erasers in between the piano strings; "Suite for Toy Piano" performed by Rebecca Calissi, part-time professor of music; and "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs," text written by James Joyce to be sung by Lynn Maxfield, assistant professor of music. Members of the Percussion Studio will perform one movement from "Living Room Music," a rhythmic reading of a text by Gertrude Stein.

In between each piece, Edmund Chibeau, associate professor of communication, will read a short story from Cage's "Indeterminacy." Each story must be read in one minute's time, so some stories will be stretched out, while others will be read rapidly.

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or

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