Grammy Winning Composer George Crumb To Perform

George Crumb

Concert is part of 75th Birthday Celebration Tour

Innovative composer George Crumb will perform with the ensemble that bears his name at Sarah Lawrence College’s Reisinger Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. During 2004, the George Crumb Ensemble will tour throughout the USA in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday. Tickets are $10 regular admission, $8 for individuals 55 and over and students. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.

Music for the evening spans more than a half-century of Crumb’s career, and includes his new piano cycle, Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik, a work based on Thelonius Monk's 'Round Midnight. Also featured on the program are Crumb's haunting Apparition, and his earliest acknowledged piece-- Three Early Songs, from 1947. To close the evening, the composer turns percussionist, joining guitarist David Starobin in a reading of Crumb's delightful series of humoresques-Mundus Canis (A Dog's World). The George Crumb Ensemble 75th Birthday Tour features: Tony Arnold, soprano; Robert Shannon, piano; David Starobin, guitar; George Crumb, percussion.

George Crumb is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Composition” for his piece Star-Child in 2001. Crumb won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for his piece Echoes of Time and the River. In 1998, he received the “Cannes Classical Award: Best CD of a Living Composer” for his Bridge 9069 recording including Quest, Federico’s Little Songs for Children and Night Music I.

The performance is part of Sarah Lawrence College’s 75th Anniversary Celebration taking place throughout the 2003-2004 academic year. It is preceded by a mini-concert in honor of Crumb’s 75th birthday visit at 5:05 p.m. on April 21st in Reisinger Concert Hall. Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) will be performed by Ethan Brown, electric flute; Helena Zimmerman, electric cello; and Martin Goldray, electric piano. This event is free and open to the public.