John Cage is all the rage

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center hosts A Night of Cage on Wednesday, Aug. 15. This week (Sunday, Aug. 12) marks the hundredth birthday of the late composer John Cage (who staged his first “happening” at Black Mountain College). Percussionists Jason DeCristofaro, Laura Franklin and Matthew Richmond celebrate Cage’s centennial with a performance of Cage’s “Third Construction,” composed in 1941.

According to a press release, “The fascinating array of percussion instruments used in this piece include: tom tom drums, conch shell, maracas, wooden ratchet, graduated tin cans, Chinese cymbal, claves, quijadas, cricket callers, teponzatli, Indo-Chinese rattle and more.”

Guitarist Shane Perlowin performs an original composition for solo classical guitar dedicated to John Cage and based on the composer’s prepared piano music.

7:30 p.m. show time, $10 general admission or $5 for BMCM+AC members and students with ID.

Image: John Cage at Black Mountain College, circa late 1940s-early 1950s. Photographed by Hazel Larsen Archer.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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