Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Royal Academy

John Cage’s openly modular piece Concert for Piano and Orchestra is fascinating. There are no conventional rules or restrictions, but in Cage’s typical anarchistic style, suddenly everything a performer does on stage is on equal footing and holds just as much artistic significance. Everything, including: opening the piano, changing mutes, removing parts of the instruments, playing toys, (re)moving (tuning) slides, breathing and of course conventional playing techniques such as striking keys, making crescendos and decrescendos, attacks and articulations etc. All of it is fair game for musical (and performative) interpretation. It’s a demanding piece for musicians, which represents a turning point in performance practice.

The piece is performed twice by the young performers (aged 14-20) of the Nadar Summer Academy 2019, conducted by Thomas R. Moore.
In collaboration with Matrix, Centre for New Music.

The concert is performed twice: at 17:00 and at 17:45. This is a drop in-drop out concert. In the tradition of Fluxus there is no specific seating, you can also walk around in the room.

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