His sense of wonder and the delight of new discovery in music is an attitude that even his harshest critics could laud. Stravinsky once dismissed Cage's classic silence piece "4' 33" " with the derisive comment, "May his silences grow longer." The sneer became prophecy, however. Cage's silences did grow longer, in the sense that many listeners began to appreciate both the complexity of silence and the whispers of the spirit that attend a truly quiet soul.
This is the time of year choral organizations recruit new members. David Chase, conductor of the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, will audition singers Aug. 23, Sept. 12, and Sept. 19 at UC San Diego. Singers may phone Beda Farrell at 727-5158 to schedule an audition. Xiomara DiMaio, director of Las Voces vocal ensemble, is looking for singers, especially tenors and hunky baritones who want to sing 20th-Century Latin-American music. Call DiMaio at 294-2049.
BLAST FROM TEUTONIC PAST
Though the San Diego Symphony rarely plays Wagner, guest conductor Jack Everly is helping to compensate for this oversight with an all-Wagner bash Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South, the SummerPops site.
Orchestral excerpts from all four "Ring" operas, as well as the overtures to "The Flying Dutchman" and "Tannhauser," will grace this double-barreled Teutonic blast.