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Wednesday, Jul 11 2012
If sfSoundSeries had a spiritual godfather, it would be John Cage, and he would be proud. Since 1999, the experimental music series has been presenting concerts that have stretched and elevated our experience of music, through intimate recitals and big bashes such as their early Transbay Skronkathons and the referential San Francisco Tape Music Festival. While Cage’s birth has only been officially recognized by one sfSound concert, his pieces have been woven through many programs over many years. Centennials, however, are worthy of grand cacophonous gestures. The Music of ChAnGEs is a year-long celebration that highlights many rarely performed works, such as Cage’s only radio drama, 1942’s “The City Wears a Slouch Hat,” as well as some thorny solo pieces, and more famous compositions. Tonight, the ChAnGEs summer season begins by traipsing through Cage’s entire storied career. Think of it as an overview, from 1939’s Imaginary Landscape No. 1, which was among the first electro-acoustic pieces in the world, to the poignant and dreamy Ten, which is among Cage’s final works on earth. You can expect everything from a chamber ensemble and prepared piano to the sound of fire, water, whistles, crumpling paper, shuffled playing cards, test tones, conch shells, and, of course, silence. What you won’t expect is where it takes you.
Sat., July 14, 8 p.m., 2012

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