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John Cage’s score for “Atlas Eclipticalis” John Cage’s score for “Atlas Eclipticalis” superimposes musical staves over a map of the stars.

Concert to comprise collage of Cage compositions

Students in professor Nicholas Papador’s “New Music Workshop” class will present an 80-minute sound collage featuring 16 works by composer John Cage in a free public performance Monday, June 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the SoCA Gallery.

It’s the final day in the six-week course, modelled after summer music festival residencies such as those housed at the Banff Centre. Dr. Papador’s students compose, analyze, and perform contemporary art music ranging from new tonality to avant-garde and experimental works.

“The members of the course completed analyses of more recent tonal works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Arvo Pärt, in an effort to express that new classical music does not necessarily fall into the stereotype of being dissonant and un-commercial,” says Papador. “Using a number of compositional techniques and aesthetic criteria, each student will create a short composition to conclude the semester.”

Cage’s music featured in Monday’s performance not only spans his entire career, but captures a wide palette of his musical languages and expressions.

The gallery is located in the SoCA Armouries, 37 University Ave. E.