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Thursday, March 4, 2010

3/15: Third Coast Percussion Quartet

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Besides composing some of the most audacious musical concepts of the 20th century (like “4’33”,” which includes three movements of total silence that last four minutes and 33 seconds), avant-garde composer John Cage wrote a series of pieces called “constructions” for exotic percussion instruments. The works call for noisemakers like a “water gong” (which is lowered into water after being struck) and brake drums from a car (yes, a car). Cage’s “Third Construction” — which uses a bamboo “cricket caller,” a conch shell and several sets of “graduated tin cans” — is part of the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion Quartet’s standard repertoire. The ensemble (Owen Clayton Condon, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore) will perform that oldie, along with commissioned works and some original music, as part of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society series at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, 440.331.0017) at 8 p.m. Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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