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Cultural encounters: what’s in a letter from John Cage?

20 November, 2017, 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm

Join us for a one-off special event as Björn Heile (Head of Music, University of Glasgow) looks at the correspondence between Glasgow composer Edward McGuire and one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century, John Cage. There will be a live performance of Cage’s 4’ 33” and Aria, and of McGuire’s Elegiac Lullaby.

Cultural encounters: what’s in a letter?

The ‘Cultural encounters’ series includes five talks, each with live music and a different letter-writer. We consider current global and international relationships and explore the place of letters in history, musical culture and everyday life.

How do people around the world connect with each other? For centuries, letters have brought the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world. Join us to rediscover some of Scotland’s letter-writers, from scientists and musicians to politicians, prisoners and royalty.  What is lost in transit and what connections can be found, both between the original letter-writers and readers today?

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This event is part of the series Finding Glasgow: hidden secrets and lost meaning.
For event information, please contact Alison Wiggins at alison.wiggins@glasgow.ac.uk.

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20 November, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:10 pm


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Glasgow Chamber Project, Alliance Française


Alliance Française
3 Park Circus
Glasgow, Scotland G3 6AX United Kingdom
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