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John Cage in Warren Studio A, UCSD. Photograph by Bonnie Harkins. Courtesy of Bonnie Harkins, Brian Ferneyhough, and the John Cage Trust.

Henning Lohner’s riotous film, Musicircus is a three-and-a-half-hour documentary of the “Musicircus” homage to John Cage, presented at New York’s Symphony Space shortly after his death in 1992. Preceding and following this film, screened for the first time in the United States, is Elliot Caplan’s haunting “Beach Birds for Camera,” an adaptation of a dance work originally created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

The Music Division is proud to offer this program on the occasion of what would have been Cage’s one hundredth birthday.  The films  screen from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 at the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building. Metro: Capitol South. Patrons are invited to attend any or all of the screening — or, in true Cagian fashion, walk out if they so desire!

John Cage shares a birthday with legendary outlaw Jesse James. Two years ago In the Muse recognized the birthdays of both figures in this blog post.


  1. What a great offering! How I wish I lived closer to D.C.

    Happy Birthday, Maestro Cage!

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