Pittsburgh Performs: Music of John Cage for Prepared Piano Performed by Amy Williams

Live at Construction Junction, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

It is a rare opportunity to hear John Cage’s groundbreaking solo prepared piano work, the Sonatas and Interludes, performed live. Lasting just over an hour, there are dozens of screws, bolts, pieces of rubber, coins, strips of plastic, that are inserted into the strings of the piano to create breathtakingly beautiful sounds that are reminiscent of percussion instruments from around the world. Chamber Music Pittsburgh invites you to hear Amy Williams perform surrounded by potential musical instruments (aka “junk”) at Construction Junction to further intensify the experience. The piece is an emotional journey—through the “white" emotions (the heroic, the erotic, the mirthful and the wondrous) and the “black” emotions (fear, anger, disgust, and sorrow) of Ancient Hindu aesthetics, all leading towards tranquility. 

Pay what you wish! $10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 7:00PM.

About The Artist: 

The compositions of Amy Williams have been presented at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia, Asia and Europe. Her pieces appear on the Albany, Parma, VDM (Italy), Blue Griffin, Centaur and New Ariel labels. As a member of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Ms. Williams has performed at important new music festivals and series throughout Europe and the Americas. The Duo has recorded four critically-acclaimed CDs for Wergo (works of Nancarrow, Stravinsky, Varèse/Feldman and Kurtág), as well as appearing on the Neos and Albany labels. Ms. Williams was the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship for 2008-2009, a Fromm Music Foundation Commission in 2009 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015-2016. Ms. Williams holds a Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received her Master's degree in piano performance. She has taught at Bennington College and Northwestern University and is currently Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is the Artistic Director of the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont.