George Crumb is one of the most frequently performed composers around the world, whose musical references range from the western art-music tradition, hymns and folk music, to non-Western music. Many of Crumb's works include symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. He will be 80 in 2009.
The BBC Proms has dedicated a concert to his works on 4 September featuring Night of the Four Moons, Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) and Ancient Voices of Children. Nash Ensemble under Diego Masson, featuring Claire Booth (soprano) and Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano). Proms details
Birthday plans in the USA:
George Crumb will be attending a festival celebrating his birthday at Bowdoin College in the state of Maine from July 29th to August 2nd, 2009. The main event of the festival will be the premiere of Mr. Crumb’s newest Lorca song cycle, SUN AND SHADOW, which will be performed by his daughter, Ann, on July 29th, 2009.
Mr. Crumb will also be traveling to Colorado for a festival in his honor where there will be another world premiere which is as yet unscheduled. This new piece is also a return to Lorca texts and is titled GHOSTS OF ALHAMBRA. The festival which is being held at the University of Colorado, Boulder runs from September 8th through the 12th, 2009 and will also feature multiple performances of AMERICAN SONGBOOK V, VOICES FROM THE FORGOTTEN WORLD.
Mr. Crumb’s final destination on his birthday tour will take him to Birmingham, Alabama where he will perform MUNDAS CANIS with David Starobin. This belated birthday festival runs from November 3rd to the 7th, 2009 and will include multiple performances of one of Mr. Crumb’s orchestral works HAUNTED LANDSCAPES.
The BBC will also be celebrating Crumb’s 80th with a “Total Immersion Day on December 5th, 2009. This day will include concerts, film and discussion at the Barbican centre. highlights include the first screening of 'George Crumb: Bad Dog', a brand new film celebrating the composer's 80th birthday, as well as an evening performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to include the Pulitzer Prize-winning ECHOES OF TIME AND THE RIVER, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Works for Piano, Prepared Piano and Toy Piano
February Pieces for Piano and Octet '61 for Jasper Johns