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Sonus Naturae 

When: Sat., Aug. 25, 6 p.m. 2012
Phone: 255-5134
uccs.edu/~peakfreq

John Cage once did a performance in my college's student center with dozens of randomly placed speakers creating overlapping electronic soundscapes. In a later interview with the avant-garde composer, I told him how I'd noticed an unplugged jukebox during the performance, and wondered how he'd have felt if someone had plugged it back in and added to the sonic collage. The ever-affable Cage smiled and said that, as long as the person's motives were constructive, he'd have been perfectly fine with that. And while I don't recommend doing anything like that at UCCS' Peak FreQuency's season-opening Sonus Naturae concert, I do think that embracing Cage's open-minded definition of music will add to your appreciation of this environmental sound-works performance created by the university's music faculty. Hear for yourself at Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities (1250 N. Campus Heights, uccs.edu/~peakfreq, $10 suggested donation, students free) at 6:30 p.m., with a pre-concert reception at 6. — Bill Forman

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