"Ten Thousand Things" and "Nothing"

For its celebration of the John Cage centenary, Jacaranda actually came up with a premiere. This was the first simultaneous performance of all five of the composer's curiously indeterminate pieces from the 1950s, collectively known as "Ten Thousand Things." The exceptionally convincing performance was presented at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, the venue where Cage gave his earliest concerts 80 years ago. Meanwhile, 6,000 miles away, in obscure Bochum, Germany, the theater artist Robert Wilson premiered a personal one-man show based on Cage's "Lecture on Nothing" that felt like a revelation of 10,000 feelings.

( Hulton Archive / Getty Images / December 13, 2012 )

For its celebration of the John Cage centenary, Jacaranda actually came up with a premiere. This was the first simultaneous performance of all five of the composer's curiously indeterminate pieces from the 1950s, collectively known as "Ten Thousand Things." The exceptionally convincing performance was presented at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, the venue where Cage gave his earliest concerts 80 years ago. Meanwhile, 6,000 miles away, in obscure Bochum, Germany, the theater artist Robert Wilson premiered a personal one-man show based on Cage's "Lecture on Nothing" that felt like a revelation of 10,000 feelings.

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