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Sunday, October 28, 2012 – 1:00-5:33 p.m. |  FREE – YBCA Forum and Gallery Building

The duration of this event gave a nod to Cage’s memorable silent work 4’ 33”, which shocked audiences sixty years ago, but today reveals the genre-disrupting and defining impulses that typified Cage’s work and life. SFCMP presented the Bay Area’s free marathon “circus” with over 40 Cage works for soloists, ensembles, and even non-musicians.

Here’s how the John Cage database describes a Musicircus: “The idea of this composition is nothing more than an invitation to a number of musicians, who perform simultaneously anything or in any way they desire.” If you have always wondered about John Cage, or just want to experience something different and exciting, don’t miss this.

In addition to works performed by our fantastic ensemble players, the Musicircus included a variety of related activities and events:

• A screening of Cage/Cunningham at 2:00 p.m. (Q & A with director Elliot Caplan after the film moderated by Ann Murphy, Chair of the Dance Department at Mills College).

• Performances by young musicians from Mills College, UC Davis, Sacramento State, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

• Dance performances by special guests from the Anna Halprin Dancer’s Workshop.

• Cage’s Postcard from Heaven performed by an ensemble of 13 harps.

• Event guides from the Young Artists At Work (YAAW) program at YBCA.

• Readings from Cage’s letters, essays, and other writings.

• A sound walk around Yerba Buena Gardens based on Cage’s A Dip in the LakeAudiences brought their  smartphone or audio recorder and became performers by play back sounds recorded during these walks in an interactive performance of the piece.

Presented in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: 701 Mission Street, San Francisco