Happy 99th Birthday, John Cage!


No question about it, composer John Cage was ahead of his time. In fact, although he died in 1992, his music is still ahead of our time. So it seems only proper that the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy would be ahead of its time in honoring the centennial of his birth.

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The 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth is still a year away, but ACCR is celebrating on Saturday with 99 consecutive performances of Cage’s best known – and most controversial – work, “4’33”.” As performed by various members of the Nippertown community, the performances will take place in the Arts Center lobby on Saturday, beginning at 9am and continuing until approximately 6pm.

Admission is free. And, in fact, the Arts Center is still seeking additional performers. If you would like to participate, please email cage91011@gmail.com to reserve a time slot. Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments or use the Art Center’s piano.

The Arts Center’s John Cage celebration continues on Saturday night with a special concert in his honor. Beginning at 8pm, the concert will feature performances by Michael Century, Justin Friello, David Gibson, Holland Hopson, Julie Kabat, Thomas Lail, Location Ensemble and Melissa St. Pierre. Admission to the concert is $12.

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