Allison Orr and Served
Apartment House: an Evening of Dance and Music involved professional musicians and dancers from UNCSA and WFU’s departments of music and dance. A selection from John Cage’s 44 Harmonies from the work “Apartment House 1776”. Produced in 1976 in honor of our country’s bicentennial, 44 Harmonies showcases Cage’s homage to anthems and congregational music written by 18th century American and British composers that he then created a chance system to remove notes from these original pieces. The result is, as Charlton Lee wrote in the May 2012 edition of Strings “…ghostly wisps of deconstructed music. One can still recognize that the music comes from the language of the 18th century, but often the harmonic function is destroyed, morphing the result into a bright and fresh new gesture.”
Collaborators include UNCSA contemporary dance faculty members Abby Yager and Ming Lung-Yang, Wake Forest contemporary faculty Amy Beasley, and musicians Grace Anderson from Triad Chamber Music Society on cello, Wake Forest faculty Jacqui Carrasco on violin, Karen Collins on violin, and Wooram Kwonon on viola.
This piece was performed at Wake Forest as part of the featured programming of the Carolina Summer Music Festival on August 9, 2013.