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UVa's celebration of composer George Crumb focuses on chamber works

Works by American composer George Crumb will fill a celebratory concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Cabell Hall Auditorium at the University of Virginia. Members of the UVa Department of Music faculty and their special guest, percussionist Brian Smith, will perform.

UVa faculty members on Saturday’s program include cellist Adam Carter, pianist John Mayhood, pianist Shelby Sender, flutist Kelly Sulick, percussionist I-Jen Fang and percussionist Brandon West. With Smith, they will be exploring the creative compositions that Crumb, who died in 2022, wrote for mixed chamber ensembles.

"Vox Balenae," or "Voice of the Whale," evokes the sounds of whales and seagulls by using amplified flute, electric cello and amplifed piano.

"An Idyll for the Misbegotten" combines amplified flute with three bass drums.

In "Music for a Summer Evening," two percussionists and two pianists playing amplified pianos produce a wide variety of sounds.

Carter will perform "Fantasia," an excerpt from Crumb’s "Sonata" for solo cello.

Admission is free. Parking will be available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Road and in the parking lots on the UVa Corner. Handicapped parking spaces will be available in the small lot next to Bryan Hall.

The UVa Arts Enhancement Event is supported by the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts. For details, email or call (434) 924-3052.


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