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Concerts, Teaching and Talks Will Mark 'Music of the 21st Century' and Special Guest, Composer George Crumb

Concerts, Teaching and Talks Will Mark 'Music of the 21st Century' and Special Guest, Composer George Crumb

March 9, 2004

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March 9, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University School of Music's is making final preparations for its annual "Music of the 21st Century" event, which will honor distinguished American composer George Crumb. A Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, Crumb's work has captivated audiences throughout the world. Several concerts, a full-day symposium, open coaching sessions and an exhibition will highlight his March 11-14 residency in Greencastle. All events, which will be held in DePauw's Performing Arts Center, are free and open to the public.

"Music of the 21st Century" will commence with an opening convocation on Thursday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall with a performance of Crumb's An Idyll for the Misbegotten followed by a talkback session with the artist.

Concerts scheduled for the four-day event will juxtapose some of Crumb's most important works with those of composers Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and Mahler. Guest performers include internationally-known mezzo-sooprano Paulette Herbich performing the midwestern premiere of Crumb's 2002 composition Unto the Hills -- a work inspired by folk music of the Appalachian River Valley -- on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.. Pianists Tanya Gille of the University of Alabama and Vergie Amendola of the University of Northern Colorado will be performing Crumb's Bartok-inspired Music for a Summer Evening Friday night at 7:30 p.m.. Both concerts will be held in Thompson Recital Hall.

Scheduled for Saturday's symposium are presentations by three of the foremost scholars on the music of George Crumb, including Dr. Steven Bruns of the University of Colorado, whose annotations accompany the ongoing exhibit of Crumb's visually striking handwritten scores. In addition, DePauw professors Linda Elman and Robert Hershberger will discuss the influence of Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca on many of Crumb's vocal compositions, two of which will be performed during the residency.

As George Crumb is admittedly more comfortable making his music than talking about it, much of the residency will be devoted to coaching sessions for the DePauw performances of his work. Crumb believes "My mode of expression depends so much on the direct, emotional projection of the live performer." Five pieces will be rehearsed prior to concert performances.

DePauw faculty and students will join the featured guest artists in performing Crumb's highly theatrical compositions. Professor Claude Cymerman will perform Crumb's Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik, a piece based on a work by jazz artist Thelonius Monk, on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.. Also on the program is DePauw senior Drew Harris, who will present four movements from Makrokosmos, a piece that includes strumming and plucking of the strings of the piano and vocal sounds by the performer. Professor Caroline Bradley Smith is the featured soloist in Sunday's closing concert at 3 p.m.. Both concerts will take place in Kresge Auditorium.

Amy Lynn Barber, Dean of the School of Music, who has worked extensively with Crumb and is the director of the "Music of the 21st Century" project, promises, "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this stunning music and to interact with an extraordinary composer."

A complete schedule for the residency can found by clicking here. For more information, call (765) 658-6732.