Music Program

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

$5 suggested donation

The UB Contemporary Ensemble

John Cage: Early Works

The UB Contemporary Ensemble, under the direction of Tom Kolor

Three Songs (1933)
Sonata for Clarinet (1933)
Sonata for Two Voices (1933)
Solo with Obbligato Accompaniment (1934)
Trio (1936)
Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942)
Suite for Toy Piano (1948)
4' 33" (1952)

Join us for a celebration of John Cage's music in honor of the iconic American composer's 100th birthday. University at Buffalo faculty and graduate students will be performing John Cage's pieces at UB and around the city of Buffalo this spring to honor the man who relentlessly pioneered and innovated in nearly all forms of art—including poetry, film, multimedia installation, theater, and performance art, as well as in a plethora of musical genres and compositional styles. The upcoming John Cage concerts will feature many of Cage's myriad approaches to composition, and showcase pieces composed during all the various periods of his long and very productive life. John Cage has long been a deeply respected friend of the University at Buffalo Department of Music, as he was a regular June in Buffalo Faculty Composer from as far back as 1975, a frequent collaborator with Lejaren Hiller, and close personal friend of UB Composer Morton Feldman.

Some of the works to be performed include Sonata for Clarinet, Solo with Obligato Accompaniment, and John Cage's very first percussion piece, Trio, which features Cage's love for including atypical percussion materials such as wooden planks, bamboo, twigs, and an impressive assortment of drums and other percussion instruments.