“Cage Against the Machine” with MSUM Percussion Ensemble April 3

The Plains Art Museum will host a one-of-a-kind avant-garde musical experience Sunday, April 3.

“Cage Against The Machine” will feature music for breaking glass, radios, plucked pianos, looped recordings, tin cans, and automobile break drums all being performed simultaneously in multiple gallery spaces throughout the Museum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The immersive “musicircus” concept of the event will pay homage to American composer and avant-garde icon John Cage, whose philosophies and compositions caused audiences around the world to reconsider “What, exactly is music?”

The evening will feature performances by members of the MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, and the University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Brian St. John, performing works by John Cage, Lou Harrison, William Duckworth, Gavin Bryars, and more as attendees travel from room to room, observing art, music, and the chance interactions between them in a true 1960s vintage “happening!” Tickets for admission to the museum and performances are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Dr. Kenyon Williams at 218.477.4610 or

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