George Crumb at 90: Part I

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 5:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall


When George Crumb’s music hit main stages in the early 1970s, he was proclaimed “the savior of music.” In an era in which proponents of atonal, abstract music dismissed all who couldn’t understand it, Crumb’s luminous humanity appealed to those who longed for an emotional, visceral experience in contemporary music.

CMS pays tribute to Crumb with two probing programs which reveal the composer in all his kaleidoscopic creativity. Featured in this CMS mini-festival is pianist Gilbert Kalish, whose definitive interpretations helped fuel Crumb’s meteoric rise.

  • Crumb: Selections from Three Early Songs for Voice and Piano (1947)
  • Crumb: Four Nocturnes (Night Music II) for Violin and Piano (1964)
  • Crumb: American Songbook III: Unto the Hills for Soprano, Amplified Piano, and Four Percussionists (2002)
  • Crumb: Processional for Piano (1984)
  • Crumb: Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for Three Masked Players (1971)
  • Crumb: New Work for Percussion Quintet (CMS Commission, World Premiere)


Click on each artist to read their bio and download headshots.
Tony Arnold, soprano
Gloria Chien, piano
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Kristin Lee, violin
Mihai Marica, cello
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Victor Caccese, percussion
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Ayano Kataoka, percussion
Eduardo Leandro, percussion
Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion

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