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October 18, 2000

Crumb on Percussion -
Not His Usual Gig

An offbeat percussion performance by George Crumb, best known for his contemporary compositions, will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the California State University, Sacramento Music Recital Hall.

The performance with classical guitarist David Starobin is one of several at the 23rd annual Festival of New American Music, Nov. 1 - 12.

Crumb won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1968 piece "Echoes of Time and the River." He is said to have transformed American composing by using simple vocal effects such as hissing, whispering and even shouting in his pieces. In addition many of his works, including "Ancient Voices of Children" (1970), stem from poetry written by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Festival director and CSUS percussion professor and festival director Daniel Kennedy predicts the performance will be a treat to many Crumb fans because the composer does not regularly perform percussion.

"More than any other composer, Crumb really thinks about the sounds an instrument produces when he writes a piece," Kennedy explains. That, he says, will come through in his festival performance.

Crumb will perform with Starobin, for whom he has written several compositions. More than 300 works have been composed for, or dedicated to, Starobin by composers during the last 25 years. Starobin is the only guitarist ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Prize from Lincoln Center.


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