John Cage's Lecture on the Weather Collects
12 Outspoken Men
Score employs 40 drawings of Thoreau
Los Angeles--On Saturday, March 24, Grammy® Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music completes its survey of musical works by John Cage in Cage 2012, a festival honoring the centennial of Cage's birth.
The concert at 8:00 p.m. in Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School, is a celebration of Henry David Thoreau, a major
Henry David Thoreau
influence on Cage. The program consists of two works engaging Thoreau's words and drawings. Lecture on the Weather (with film) and Score (40 Drawings by Thoreau) & 23 parts: Twelve Haiku followed by a Recording of the Dawn at Stony Point, New York, August 6, 1974.
Performers include musicians of Southwest Chamber Music joined by a celebrity list of speakers, plus students from Hamilton High School Academy of Music, a Grammy Signature School and winner of the 2010 Bravo Award for excellence in teaching the arts.
The "outspoken men" in Lecture on the Weather include:
Terrence Roberts, psychologist, and original member of the Little Rock 9 which de-segregated Central High School in Little Rock in 1954 during the Civil Rights Movement;
E. Randol Schoenberg, board member and grandson of the composer, Arnold Schoenberg;
Michael Alexander, Executive Director of "Grand Performances" in Los Angeles;
John Schneider, host of KPFK's Global Village;
Thor Steingraber, Vice President of Programming for the Music Center;
Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director for the Pasadena Playhouse and former Managing Director of the Center Theater Group;
Bob Bruning, music teacher (technology, industry, production)at Hamilton Academy of Music;
David Spiro, tenor, and Development Manager for Southwest;
Jeff von der Schmidt, Southwest Chamber Music Artistic Director; and
Tom Peters, James Foschia, Peter Jacobson, Southwest musicians.
Lecture on the Weather was to be performed, according to Cage, by 12 men, "preferably American men who have become Canadian citizens." It is based upon words of Thoreau taken from "Walden," his journals, and his "Lecture on Civil Disobediance."