A 4'33" Story - John Cage at 100

Music, what does it communicate?
Is what’s clear to me clear to you?
Is music just sounds?
Then what does it communicate?
Is a truck passing by music?
If I can see it, do I have to hear it too?
If I don’t hear it, does it still communicate?
If while I see it I can’t hear it, but hear something else, say an egg-beater, because I’m inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates?
Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?

-John Cage, Silence 

Happy 100th,
John Cage!  What if share my own favorite experience with John Cage and his infamous 4'33"?


September 2012 listings for the New York Philharmonic

Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs Korngold on September 30th.

September listings for The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

NOTE:  The Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcast will be delayed until 10:00 p.m. on 9/25 due to the Live Yom Kippur broadcast from Temple B'rith Kodesh.

September program listings for APM SymphonyCast

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

More from the BBC Proms this month on APM's SymphonyCast.

September wraps up performances from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The broadcast season concludes with a celebration of the Festival's 40th Anniversary.

September program listings for Pipedreams

Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

On the September 23rd program, organist Cameron Carpenter presents organ with a twist.

September 2012 programs on The Chicago Symphony

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

The Chicago Symphony wraps up a great month of music by taking us to Spain on the 27th, with music of deFalla, Ravel, Golijov, Soro, and Alomía Robles.  (Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15-October 15)

Mornings, September 10 - 14

Birds start at 6:00 a.m., followed by NPR News, invigorating music, a daily Mystery piece at (6:40), the Composers Datebook (7:20), and the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (8:20).


Mornings, September 3 - 7

You’re invited to wake up with Brenda Tremblay at 6:00 a.m. for invigorating music, birdsong, daily Mystery piece at (6:40), Composers Datebook (7:20), and the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (8:20).