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John Cage World Radio Premieres This Week!
on February 18,2011 by jared

Von Wichert, in cooperation with OgreOgress Productions, is pleased to announce that on the February 23rd edition of the Komodo Dragon Show he will be premiering 2 brand new recordings of avant-garde composer John Cage.  The following works will be broadcast, over the course of 4 hours, between 7AM and 11AM CST.

The first piece, Two3, was originally written in 1991 and runs for 121 minutes. Two3 is a suite for sho (traditional Japanese mouth-organ) and conch shells in 10 movements featuring Tamami Tono on the sho and Glenn Freeman on conch shells.

The second piece, 108, was also written in 1991 and runs 43:30. The piece is a symphony for large orchestra in 4 movements, performed by the Chance Philharmonic. 108 is written for the largest ensemble of any of Cage's Number Pieces. Its length of 43'30'' is an allusion - intentional or not - to the infamous 4'33'' (1952) that earned Cage considerable fame. 108 is in four movements and, when played by itself, more closely resembles a traditional symphony than any other piece in Cage's output.

The final piece, 110, is 108 played with any three movements of Two3, making a double concerto for sho and
conch shells plus symphony orchestra. More information on Cage's number pieces is available here. The pieces heard today will be released on audio DVD later in March.


The Chance Philharmonic is comprised of:

Christina Fong, violins/violas
Karen Krummel, violin/cellos
Michael Crawford, contrabasses
Ruth Bylsma, piccolo/flutes/alto flute
Sarah Bowman, oboes/english horns
Michael Kornacki, clarinets/bass clarinets
Vince Karamanov, bassoons/contrabassoons
Paul Austin, horns
Michael Bowman, trumpets
Robert Ward, trombones/bass trombones/tuba
Glenn Freeman, percussion