Jan 29 2012 - 8:00pm
Eliza GarthEliza GarthOn Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8PM, the League of Composers/ISCM and pianist Eliza Garth will celebrate the John Cage (1912-1992) centennial with a performance of Cage’s masterpiece for prepared piano, Sonatas and Interludes. Ms. Garth’s performance will be presented in Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, located at 129 W. 67th Street in Manhattan. Merkin Concert Hall was chosen for this event because of its intimate atmosphere and exceptional acoustics.

Described by the writer James Pritchett as “a big piece with a quiet voice,” Sonatas and Interludes is meditative in its esthetic; the “preparation” of the piano transforms its sound into an ensemble of gongs, chimes, and magical effects.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction as a performer of the music of our time. An artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire; these include the complete solo piano works of Donald Martino, which she has recorded for the Centaur label. As stated in the New York Times, “Ms. Garth … has an exquisite ear for piano sound. One can think of no one better qualified to play this intricate, shining music.” Her performance of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes was recognized with an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2010.

(c) by Richard RutledgeJohn Cage with pianist Maro Ajemian, who premiered Sonatas and Interludes in 1949(c) by Richard Rutledge

Ticket info: $20 General Admission; $10 Students/Seniors; available at the box office the night of the concert, or by advance purchase as follows: Merkin Concert Hall Box Office: 212-501-3330, or click here.