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Guitarist Starobin and composer
to perform for Lecture-Concert Series
Feb. 19, 2007
David Starobin and composer George Crumb will perform with ASU faculty
and students Thursday, March 1, on the campus of Arkansas State
University in Jonesboro. The performance is part of ASU's
Their performance, “A Concert of Music by George Crumb,” begins at 7:30
p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The concert is
free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are the Lecture-Concert Series,
the ASU Department of Music, the ASU Piano Club, and the Society of
Composers, Inc., Student Chapter.
(see also NewsRelease about Starobin in
concert, Feb. 27)
Works to be performed include “Black Angels” for electric string
quartet, “An Idyll for the Misbegotten” for flute and percussion, “Three
Early Songs” for voice and piano, “Sonata for Solo Violoncello,” “Easter
Dawning” for handbells ensemble (originally carillon), and “Mundus Canis”
for guitar and percussion. Performers will include ASU faculty members
Matthew Carey, Lauren Schack Clark, Joe Bonner, and Craig Collison, as
well as guest artists Jonathan Kirkscey, the Rockefeller String Quartet,
David Starobin, and George Crumb himself. The ASU Ringers ensemble,
directed by Ellis Julien, will also perform.
George Crumb is a
contemporary American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is known
for his innovative methods of composition, including his use of
numerology and new playing techniques to generate keyboard and chamber
music pieces, like “Black Angels” (1970) for string quartet.
Other works include “Makrokosmos,” a massive and detailed exploration of
piano sounds, and his composition, “An Idyll for the Misbegotten,” for
flute and percussion.
Crumb attended college in his hometown of Charleston, W. Va., at Mason
College of Music and went on to earn his master’s degree at the
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he studied under Eugene
He then studied with Boris Blacher at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik
(1054-55). He subsequently studied with Ross Lee Finney at Michigan,
earning his doctorate in 1959. From 1965-95, he taught composition at
the University of Pennsylvania. He has earned two Guggenheim grants, the
1968 Pulitzer Prize for “Echoes of Time and the River,” the 1989 Prince
Pierre de Monaco Gold Medal, and six honorary degrees.
For more details, please contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for The
Honors College, at 870-972-2308 or via e-mail at
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.
To nominate a speaker or presenter for a future Lecture-Concert Series
event, please contact one of the committee members listed on The Honors
College web site, listed under the heading of Lecture-Concert.
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