Thursday, March 8, 2018
500 Capp Street was proud to host notorious conductor and composer, John Kennedy and the Santa Clara University New Music Ensemble. Kennedy’s performance at The David Ireland House pays homage to one of David Ireland’s greatest influences, John Cage. John Cage’s diverse and varied musical output filled the rooms of the David Ireland house with a site-specific musical event devised in the manner of a musical happening.
The one-evening only event featured the Santa Clara University New Music Ensemble led by Berkeley composer/conductor John Kennedy, who had a close association with Cage during Cage’s last years and who directed Cage’s memorial Musicircus in New York. Using Cage’s Variations as a template for constructing the happening, a wide selection of Cage’s works were simultaneously presented, including Living Room Music, Song Books, Eight Whiskus, Lecture on Nothing, and more.