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All About the Instruments

Composer George Crumb (b. 1929) is well known for exploring unusual timbres in his compositions, as well as calling for instruments to be played in unique ways. He was initially influenced by Anton Webern, an Austrian composer and conductor known for his radical innovations in musical technique. In our season opening concert, we will explore…  Read More

Program Notes: Beyond the Aria

George Crumb American composer George Crumb (b. 1929) once described the essential acoustic of his music as “a kind of echoing, reverberant acoustic of haunting sounds that cross the river, and bounce between the hills.” Crumb likens this quality to one of the vocal styles used in his 1970 composition, Ancient Voices of Children, as…  Read More

Q&A with composer Analia Llugdar

Composer Analia Llugdar was born in Argentina, where she originally studied composition, before earning both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music in composition from University of Montréal. Her work is characterized by a concise investigation of musical textures used deliberately to create an artistic commentary on the state of the world. This can be…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Music & Poetry

Our Salon 21 on September 18 will explore the connections between music and the work of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. It will feature acclaimed Canadian poet Beatriz Hausner, as well as musical performances by mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. For this Salon, three composers were inspired to compose a short song, based on Lorca’s text,  Gacela…  Read More

Q&A with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó

Our 2015/16 season opens on September 29 with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, who will perform pieces by George Crumb, as well as the world premiere of a piece composed by Analia Llugdar. In the 2015-16 season Krisztina sings Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle (Colorado Music Festival), Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe (Canadian Opera Company), Handel’s Judas…  Read More