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Piano Spheres: Two Sides of Cages Coin
A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of John Cage
Gloria Cheng
August 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to John!  Brilliant pianist Gloria Cheng, celebrated for her imaginative programs and emotionally-resonant interpretations of contemporary repertoire, performs an intimate recital of John Cage’s work as part of this year's centennial celebration of Cage's birth.  The face of the “coin” is Water Music (1952) which employs a series of unusual props—a pitcher of water, a duck whistle, a deck of cards, and an analog radio. The other side of the “coin” is Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946/8), a collection of 20 short pieces inspired by the keyboard Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.  As conceived by the master of musical invention, Cage transforms the piano into a percussion orchestra which is then guided by certain tenets of Indian music and philosophy.  Bring your sense of adventure!

This performance begins at 8pm. 

Pianist Gloria Cheng, described by the New York Times as "an invaluable new-music advocate and a preferred collaborator of composers like Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen," is widely hailed as a compelling and eloquent performer of new works. She is often cited for tapping the emotional core of contemporary music, and her recitals and recordings are noted for exploring significant interconnections between composers. Again according to the New York Times, "It's not just that Ms. Cheng plays these daunting pieces with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another."
Ms. Cheng appears on over twenty recordings, with solo discs that showcase the range of her taste in contemporary music: Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley, Piano Dance: A 20th-Century Portrait (both on Telarc), and her most recent Telarc recording, Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutoslawski, which garnered international accolades culminating in the 2009 GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance. A forthcoming disc of solo and chamber works by Olivier Messiaen and Kaija Saariaho, in collaboration with the award-winning Calder Quartet, will appear in 2012 on the Harmonia mundi label.
It was Pierre Boulez who invited Ms. Cheng to perform as soloist in Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques during the Los Angeles Philharmonic's historic final concerts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She performed with Mr. Boulez most recently in March 2011, in his iconic Sur Incises, for the L.A. Phil's tribute to the late Ernest Fleischmann. Other concerto engagements have included appearances with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Pacific Symphony.

Pianist Gloria Cheng, described by the New York Times as "an invaluable new-music advocate and a preferred collaborator of composers like Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen," is widely hailed as a compelling and eloquent performer of new works. She is often cited for tapping the emotional core of contemporary music, and her recitals and recordings are noted for exploring significant interconnections between composers. Again according to the New York Times, "It's not just that Ms. Cheng plays these daunting pieces with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another."
Ms. Cheng appears on over twenty recordings, with solo discs that showcase the range of her taste in contemporary music: Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley, Piano Dance: A 20th-Century Portrait (both on Telarc), and her most recent Telarc recording, Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutoslawski, which garnered international accolades culminating in the 2009 GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance. A forthcoming disc of solo and chamber works by Olivier Messiaen and Kaija Saariaho, in collaboration with the award-winning Calder Quartet, will appear in 2012 on the Harmonia mundi label.
It was Pierre Boulez who invited Ms. Cheng to perform as soloist in Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques during the Los Angeles Philharmonic's historic final concerts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She performed with Mr. Boulez most recently in March 2011, in his iconic Sur Incises, for the L.A. Phil's tribute to the late Ernest Fleischmann. Other concerto engagements have included appearances with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Pacific Symphony.

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