"What mushroom? What leaf?" Tonight we explore the theme of John Cage's compositions as an autonomous outgrowth - mesostics (a form of verse that spreads out horizontally from a vertical text), the use of color and squiggly lines in his Aria for Cathy Berberian, the Constructions and other percussive pieces (including collaborations with Lou Harrison), Cage's interpretations of Richard Lippold's sculptures and James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, etc.
An exploration of 19th Century Russian artistic identity. Looking at the creations of Borodin and Pushkin, we examined questions of foreignness, Russianness, exoticism, and nationalistic hostility, all the while comparing the composer's opera, Prince Igor, to the author's extended poem, "The Captive of the Caucasus." Personnel for the opera: Ivan Petrov as Igor Svyatoslavich, Tatyana Tugarinova as Yaroslavna, Vladimir Atlantov as Vladimir Igoryevich, Artur Eisen as Vladimir Galitsky, Alexander Vedernikov as Konchak, and Yelena Obraztsova as Konchakovna.