AUA Presents Memorial Concert Celebrating Famed American Composer John Cage

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Place: Akian Art Gallery, PAB

American University of Armenia presents In Memory of John Cage, a piano recital dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the seminal American composer, performer, and music theorist.

The recital, performed by Armenian pianist Hayk Melikyan, is the sixth concert of 1900+, an international concert series devoted to 20th century and contemporary piano music. Mr. Melikyan will perform works by Cage as well as his American contemporaries, Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, and Elliot Carter.

The concert will take place at the Akian Art Gallery of the American University of Armenia on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 20:00 hour. Those wishing to attend are invited to RSVP at [email protected]. The recital will also be live-streamed online. For more details on the event, visit

A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham.

1900+ is an initiative of world-renowned pianist Hayk Melikyan. It was launched in 2009 with the aim of bringing to audiences the works of composers from around the world who have worked after the year 1900. It also organizes competitions for composers, presents world premiers of new works, publishes new scores, and releases new recordings. 

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in YerevanArmenia.  Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California.  Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.

The AUA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001.