Classical music review

Grammy winner Michael Tilson Thomas conducts final concert at Cage festival


South Florida Classical Review

The final concert Sunday evening of the New World Symphony’s John Cage Centennial Celebration concentrated on scores from the 1970s and ’80s.

But the music was initially upstaged by the announcement that New World’s artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas, had just won his 12th Grammy Award for a recording of works by John Adams. The South Beach audience greeted Tilson Thomas’ subsequent entrance with the kind of yelps and cheers usually reserved for rock stars, and that energy was contagious throughout the three-hour concert.

Cage’s Dance 4/Orchestras (1982) is an early example of repetitive minimalism. Four instrumental groups occupied the backstage area and lower and upper lobbies of the New World Center in addition to the main stage — with a large helium balloon suspended over the principal ensemble.

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