Review: With Flower Pots and Toys, an Ensemble’s Fresh Take on Percussion


So Percussion performing at the Lincoln Center Festival. From left, Jason Treuting, Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen and Adam Sliwinski.

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

John Cage once invited Schoenberg, his teacher, to a performance of percussion music in Los Angeles. Schoenberg said he wasn’t free. In fact, Schoenberg added for emphasis, for such a concert he would not be free “at any time.”

Cage’s “Third Construction” from 1941 opened the final concert on Friday of “Trilogy,” an ambitious and dazzlingly colorful survey of music for percussion ensemble offered by So Percussion. The concerts, presented on three successive evenings under the auspices of the Lincoln Center Festival, drew sizable crowds to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, proving that…

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