In 1952, John Cage premiered his influential “silent” composition 4'33". Today 4'33" is recognized for upending traditional notions and structures of music and for opening up the possibilities of how we can fill space with sound emanating from chance, experimentation, and the surrounding audience and environment. In 1963, Cage debuted an interpretation of the composer Erik Satie's Vexations by having performers repeat the motif 840 times, as per Satie's original manuscript. In this daylong performance, held in conjunction with the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4'33", pianists Donald Sosin, Jesse Fried and Makia Matsumura activate this composition.
In conjunction with the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33"
These programs are free with Museum admission and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.