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In Uncategorized on June 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  (time flies when you’re celebrating the Cage Centennial)  After a week of incredible evening concerts, inspiring masterclasses and colloquia, and probably more rehearsals than one typically juggles in a performance season, we end our time at SICPP this year in a 6hr+ marathon in Brown Hall (and by 6, we really mean something like 8).

The detailed program is listed below, and includes works by our 2012 Composition Fellows, Reich’s DRUMMING, Cage, Wolff, the 2012 Electronic Workshop, and much more, with an on-going installation happening in Room 124 in the Jordan Hall building.  Come and go as you please … !  And feel free to stay for all of it.  Final countdown begins now!

CAGE Cartridge Music
WOLFF Pieces for Julius
Electronic Workshop group collaboration piece
Nick Vines Les Effaceurs (2010-2011) for solo guitar ~ II. Bambenga, III. Safari
CAGE A Book of Music
Simon Hanes, I Reckon
Ariane Miyasaki, The House My Grandfather Built

FELDMAN False Relationships and the Extended Ending
D. Edward Davis, deer
WOLFF Tilbury
Scott Scharf, clairaudience
DUSMAN Magnificat I
WOLFF Berlin Exercises

WOLFF Sonata
REICH Drumming

CAGE she is asleep
CRUMB Makrokosmos III Music for a Summer Evening (I, III, V)
Ryan Krause, Current Affairs
Alex Pozniak, Tower of Erosion
CAGE forever&sunsmell
Marek Poliks, tress/burl

Seunghee Lee, Nostromo
WOLFF Exercises
Sid Richardson, Synergie
ZORN amour fou
CRUMB Madrigals book IV
Jason Huffman, Ear, Nose & Throat
Haley Shaw, Diva
CAGE Experiences I

Daniel Lewis, Things Were Heightened
CRUMB Vox Balanae
HYLA House of Flowers
Kevin Church, …Poetically, Man Dwells…
CAGE string quartet

Robert Wolk, Petrichor Will Pass Fireflies Virga by Blue Summer, a Nocturne
Benjamin Irwin, Strange Alchemy
ZORN music for children
CAGE Concert with Aria


SICPP 2012 Begins!

In concerts, SICPP on June 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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It’s that time of year again, when SICPPies (pronounced: “sick puppies”) from all over congregate at the New England Conservatory for the annual SICK PUPPY festival: the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice.  This year we celebrate John Cage’s 100th birthday, feature world premieres by composer-in-residence Christian Wolff (as well as the rescheduled world premiere by Alvin Lucier), and immerse ourselves in an incredible amount of new music from every angle.

Join us, as we celebrate the Cage Centennial in 7 days of concerts, starting this Sunday afternoon (6/17) and ending with Saturday’s infamous Iditarod (6/23). In addition to the full-length, (mostly) evening concerts listed below, there will be lunchtime concerts throughout the week (Mon-Fri) in the Keller Room at New England Conservatory.

All concerts are free at the New England Conservatory of Music, with the exception of the SICPP/Boston GuitarFest concert on Thursday, June 21 at the Fenway Center.

Sunday, June 17 @ 3 pm
Joseph Kubera, Steffen Schleiermacher, Louis Goldstein, Stephen Drury
John Cage: Music of Changes
John Cage: Winter Music
Christian Wolff: Sonata (for three pianos)
JORDAN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Monday, June 18 @ 8 pm
Stephen Drury, Yukiko Takagi, Callithumpian Consort
Christian Wolff: Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida
John Cage: Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra
John Cage: Music for Seventeen
Christian Wolff: Overture (world premiere)
JORDAN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Tuesday, June 19 @ 8 pm
Louis Goldstein, Callithumpian Consort
John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes
John Cage: String Quartet in Four Parts
JORDAN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Wednesday, June 20 @ 8 pm
Steffen Schleiermacher, Karina Fox, Scott Deal, David Prum, Callithumpian Consort
John Cage: 31’57.9864″ for a pianist
John Cage: 26’1.1499″ for a string player
John Cage: 27’10.544″ for a percussionist
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together/Attica
Nicholas Vines: Obsidian Magnified
JORDAN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Thursday, June 21 @ 5 pm
SICPP/Boston GuitarFest: NachBach
Jonathan Godfrey: Sonatina for solo guitar
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus XIV (unfinished) from Die Kunst der Fuge
Elliot Carter: Shard
Alvin Lucier: Canon
Philip Glass: Music in Fifths
Fenway Center at Northeastern University
Ticketing information and directions here.

Thursday, June 21 @ 8 pm
Steffen Schleiermacher: The Early 50’s: New York + Darmstadt
Christian Wolff: For Piano I (1952)
Bernd Alois Zimmerman: Exerzitien (1951-53)
John Cage: Music for Piano #4-#19 (1952)
Hans Ulrich Engelmann: Suite I op. 7 (1950)
Morton Feldman: Extension 3 (1953)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück VII + VIII (1954/55)
Earle Brown: Folio (1952/53)
Olivier Messian: Cantéyodjâya (1948)
JORDAN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Friday, June 22 @ 8 pm
David Prum, Paul Howe, Brian Church, Jen Ashe, Callithumpian Consort
Christian Wolff: The Exception and the Rule (fully staged)
Alvin Lucier: Braid (world premiere)
BROWN HALL at the New England Conservatory

Saturday, June 23 @ 4 pm
The SICPP Iditarod: beginning at 4 pm and going until whenever.
A six-hour-plus marathon concert featuring performances by the Fellows of the Institute;
highlights will include music by Christian Wolff and John Cage, Steve Reich’s Drumming,
2010 SICPP Fellow Mark Poliks’s tress/burl ( a Callithumpian/SICPP commission),
new works by the SICPP 2012 Composition Fellows, and music by
Morton Feldman, Linda Dusman, John Zorn, Lee Hyla, Luciano Berio, and George Crumb.
BROWN HALL at the New England Conservatory

see you there,