SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
John Cage’s Europera III, HAU 1, 8pm
It’s impossible to mention 20th century music without John Cage coming up in conversation.
The composer, famous for revolutionising American music, was particularly known for his experimentation with sound, his focus on the piano, and for his theoretical work that frequently dealt with questioning established notions of what music was or should have been.
Two decades have passed since his death and cage remains just as influential as he did while alive. And in a tribute to the music legend, Berlin’s Komische Oper is joining forces with HAU, the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, and the Berlin University of Arts to present a three-night interdisciplinary collaboration.
Although Cage was American, much of his life was spent in Europe, and the 70-minute performance will use this lens to focus on the musical traditions of the continent. Natalye Childress
Hebbel am Ufer, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin; 030 25 90 04 27; U: Hallesches Tor; additional performance Monday 26/11; admission €15 / €10 (concessions).