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Crumb: Out of Darkness

  • Annenberg Center, Harold Prince Theatre 3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

A collection of Crumb's most evocative music performed by Philadelphia's Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program features the haunting setting Apparition, with texts drawn from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” and all four books of Madrigals with text by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.


Dream Sequence (Images II) (1976)
Molly Germer, violin;
Eric Coyne, cello;
Alyssa Resh, percussion;
David Hughes, piano

Mundus Canis (A Dogs World) (1998)
Jordan Dodson, guitar;
Andy Thierauf, percussion

Apparition (1979)
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano;
David Hughes, piano

~ intermission ~

Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) (1965)
Molly Germer, violin;
Anthony Bob, alto flute;
Andrew Moses, clarinet;
David Hughes, piano

Madrigals, Book I - IV (1965, 1969)
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano;
Nicholas Handahl, flute;
Elizabeth Steiner, harp;
Andy Thierauf, percussion;
Davi Ciriaco, double bass


Bowerbird, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music and the Annenberg Center, is pleased to present Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90, a three concert festival celebrating more than seventy years of music by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb. Crumb's music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western musics. Many of Crumb's works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. A shy, yet warmly eloquent personality, Crumb retired from his teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania after more than thirty years of service. Honored by numerous institutions with honorary Doctorates, and the recipient of dozens of awards and prizes, Crumb makes his home just outside of Philadelphia, in the same house where he and his wife of more than sixty years raised their three children.