The John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC will be held on and around his birthday, September 5, 2012. It will include art shows, concerts, workshops, recitals, lectures, and panels – all in Washington, DC, September 4 - 10, 2012. Participating institutions include the National Gallery of Art, La Maison Française/Embassy of France, the Phillips Collection, American University, the Kreeger Museum, the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, the University of California, Washington Center, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, and the Library of Congress. Cage specialists who will participate include Ray Kass, Mountain Lake Workshop, Cage’s collaborator on his watercolor work, and author ofThe Sight of Silence: The Complete Watercolors of John Cage, and Joan Retallack, Bard College, author ofMusicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music, in relation to Cage’s mesostics, Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Brian Brandt, whose Mode Records has embarked on a project to record the complete works of Cage
Performers include the National Gallery of Art new music ensemble with Lina Bahn, Lisa Cella, Alexis Descharmes, William Kalinkos, Ross Karre, and Jaime Oliver, with guest pianist Jenny Lin. Individual concerts will include performances by cellist Descharmes, violinist Irvine Arditti, Allen Otte and Percussion Group Cincinnati, as well as Steven Schick with his red fish blue fish ensemble, and pianists Stephen Drury and Margaret Leng Tan. The technical team includes Ross Karre, Jaime Oliver, and William Brent.