Smith College Festival of Sound and Space: Conor Hanick plays John Cage

Event Information
Event Dates: 
November 15, 2012 - 8:30pm


Helen Hills Hills Chapel Northampton, MA

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What: Smith College Festival of Sound and Space: Conor Hanick plays John Cage
When: Thursday, November 15, 8:30pm
Where: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Tickets: Free and open to the public.

“Conor Hanick plays John Cage's Landmark
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano”

Northampton, MA. The Smith College Festival of Sound and
Space Series [] celebrates the John
Cage centennial with Conor Hanick's performance of Cage's
landmark Sonatas and Interludes. The hour-long set of 16
sonatas with 4 interlude employs a system of modifications —
or "preparations" — to the piano strings. Various nuts, bolts,
and other materials are carefully placed in piano to transform it
into a new, hybrid instrument, full of color and novel percussive

Conor Hanick, [] Smith College's
Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano, is a devoted promoter of
contemporary music and has collaborated with, commissioned,
and premiered works by composers of all genres and
generations, including students and faculty members from
Northwestern University, Princeton University, Yale
University, the Aspen Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.

Hanick has worked with John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Tan Dun, Mario Davidovsky, Charles
Wuorinen, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang, and is an active member of the Pittsburgh New
Music Ensemble, AXIOM, and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Most recently
Conor recorded a new piano concerto by Vivian Fung with Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis
Ensemble, which will be paired with his recording of Vivian’s solo prepared piano
work Glimpses and released in Spring 2012.

Although Mr. Hanick's playing "defies human description" (ConcertoNet) for some, it has
yielded wide praise from others. In a huge variety of repertoire, his performances has been
described as "excellent," "brilliant," "astounding," and "colorful," (New York Times) and
demonstrating "technical precision and musical conviction" (Gramaphone). Particularly
acclaimed have been his performances of contemporary repertoire, reminding the New York
Times's Anthony Tommasini in a "riveting" performance of Olivier Messiaen's Couleurs de la
Cité Céleste of "a young Peter Serkin."

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