A collection of George 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 Dog’s World) (1998)

Jordan Dodson, guitar

Andy Thierauf, percussion


Apparition (1979)

Alize Rozsnyai, soprano

David Hughes, piano


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, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, and the Annenberg Center are 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.


This event is part of Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90


Support for this project has been provided by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.