Thursday October 25, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert by the I/O Ensemble of Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by John Cage on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The event is free.

The Williams music department continues its yearlong celebration of the centenary of John Cage's birth with a complete performance of his 1948 masterpiece, "Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano."

Cage was among the most influential composers, artists, and thinkers of the second half of the 20th century, perhaps best known for his experiments.

With the Sonatas and Inter ludes, Cage fully re-imagines the piano as a percussion orchestra composed of gentle gongs, wood blocks and buzzers by altering, or preparing, 45 of the instrument's notes through the insertion in the strings of screws, bolts, rubber, plastic, nuts, and an eraser.

For more information, call (413) 597-3146 or visit music.williams.edu.