Who would have the audacity to “write” a piece of music with no notes or notated sounds at all? The American composer John Cage did exactly that when he “composed” 4’33” (of silence) in 1952. In three movements, no less! Cage seems to pose the question, What is music? He takes the performers and even the composer out of the piece and forces the audience to become aware of the ambient sounds in the hall. Is it music? Is it some kind of hoax?
Come “hear” and judge for yourself when Stuart Malina and the HSO “perform” 4’33” on November 9-10!
Also on the program, we’ll hear Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 featuring HSO Acting Concertmaster Peter Sirotin on violin, HSO Principal Flute David DiGiacobbe on flute and Arthur Haas on harpsichord. The performance concludes with music from the early 20th century that was inspired by music from much earlier times: the Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Richard Strauss and the First Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances by Ottorino Respighi.