Classical music review

New World’s Cage festival kicks off with generous program of early works


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The New World Symphony’s John Cage centennial celebration continues Saturday and Sunday with free lectures and ticketed performances, including a multimedia re-creation of the rarely performed work ‘Renga’ on Sunday ($20) at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; 305-673-3331,

The opening program of New World Symphony’s “John Cage Journey” at New World Center was an event on the grand scale lasting four hours, illustrating Cage’s growth from classical composer to pioneer of American experimental music. A huge audience of hipsters and intelligentsia stuck it out to the end Friday evening, moving artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas to exclaim, “I’m so thrilled and proud of you all.”

Tilson Thomas programmed works from the 1940s and ’50s in order to “get a sense of the range of Cage’s early works.”

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