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September 05, 2012
UC SAN DIEGO COMPOSER ROGER REYNOLDS PLAYS CENTRAL PART IN JOHN CAGE CENTENNIAL FESTIVAL



  In Washington D.C. this week, composer John Cage (1912-1992) is being honored at the John Cage Centennial Festival. UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds is a co-director of the festival, along with editor, curator and musician Karen Reynolds (yes, Roger's wife). UCSD musicians performing at the festival include percussionists Steven Schick, Ross Karre, Bonnie Whiting Smith, and Dustin Donahue, all members of red fish blue fish, the UC San Diego percussion ensemble which is working on a CD of Cage's percussion music. Billed as the largest Cage centennial celebration in the world, the festival provides a broad perspective on Cage's creative output. His visual art is included along with work by his contemporary Jasper Johns. There's also a reading of Cage's radio play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet. Cage visited UC San Diego several times over the years for performances of his music, to work with music faculty such as Reynolds, and to mentor students. His influence is felt in the ongoing prominence of his compositions in the Department of Music's repertoire. UT San Diego music critic James Chute is reporting from the festival.
  

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