Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Saturday, October 5 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm
A Centennial Celebration: John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS

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To commemorate the Centennial of The New School, the Mannes School of Music at the College of the Performing Arts presents John Cage’s historically significant and glorious anarchic work, MUSICIRCUS.

The tenets are simple: performers participate in what will be a non-hierarchical, simultaneous, and happily chaotic chance-determined collage – works chosen by the performers and subsequently arranged by chance procedures into a composition that will be performed across three hours. The resulting composition will be fresh and surprising, and performed throughout spaces at 66 West 12th St.

This “Musicircus” will involve New School instrumentalists, vocalists, actors, dancers, poets, and others. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audience alike.

“You won’t hear anything: you’ll hear everything!” --John Cage

Faculty Organizer
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Blair McMillen

Part- Time Lecturer, Mannes School Of Music
Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today.  He leads a multifarious musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, new-music champion, and pedagogue.  As a pianist, Blair champions living composers among others, and he has... Read More →

Saturday October 5, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall