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Ferneyhough, Cage And Kagel

Huddersfield Festival 2008
Brian Ferneyhough, John Cage and Mauricio Kagel feature in various events at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In a Festival highlight, a John Cage retrospective concert from fifty years ago will be reproduced, covering a span of 25 years of composition.

Saturday 22 November
Tickets £18 (£16 concession)
Brian Ferneyhough - Dum Transisset I-IV

Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

The Arditti Quartet returns for its 13th visit to the Festival, this year performing a cutting edge programme of contrasting British music. Ferneyhough's four short pieces Dum Transisset I-IV use plainchant fragments from the Renaissance composer, Christopher Tye, as a basis for re-imagination.

Sunday 30 November
Tickets £12 (£10 concession)
Mauricio Kagel - Gegenstimmen, Burleske
New London Chamber Choir
Directed by James Weeks
Jane Chapman harpsichord
Christian Forshaw baritone saxophone

Kagel's witty Gegenstimmen pits conductor against choir (and harpsichord) to brilliant effect, while his more recent Burleske is an absurd theatre of choral gestures led by a virtuoso baritone saxophone.

Sunday 30 November
Tickets £16 (£14 concession)
50-year retrospective of the 1958 New York Town Hall concert
Part 1
John Cage:
Six short inventions
First Construction (in metal)
Imaginary landscape No 1
The wonderful widow of eighteen springs
She is asleep
Music for carillon
Williams [re]Mix[ed] (performed by Larry Austin)

Part 3:
John Cage
Concerto for piano and orchestra
Philip Thomas director / pianist
Apartment House Lore Lixenberg voice
University of Huddersfield Percussion Ensemble
Mathew Adkins electronics

In 1958, artists Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Emile de Antonio arranged for a retrospective concert of John Cage's music in New York Town Hall. The concert covered a span of 25 years of compositions, from the early Six short inventions (written around the time Cage was studying with Schoenberg) and culminating in the premiere performance of the Concert for piano and orchestra.

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