Daedalus' January 13, 2017 Concert

Black Angels and Secrets: An Extraordinary Evening with the Daedalus Quartet
At the Penn Museum 8:00 pm Friday, January 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Daedalus Quartet, the University of Pennsylvania’s internationally renowned string-quartet-in-residence, and the Penn Museum join forces to present a new interpretation ofGeorge Crumb’s classic Black Angels. The site-specific, multi-media concert also features remarkable contemporary music created to be performed amidst the ancient artifacts of the Penn Museum’s echo-rich Chinese Rotunda. The program is co-presented by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music and Bowerbird.

Hauntingly beautiful soundscapes, looming shadows, ancient artifacts, and world-class new music come together in Black Angels and Secrets: An Extraordinary Evening with the Daedalus Quartet, in the towering rotunda of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The concert begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia. Tickets to the program are $15 general admission, $5 students, purchased online in advance at www.penn.museum/blackangels; $20 at the door. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested.

George Crumb’s visionary Black Angels: Thirteen Images of the Dark Land for Electric String Quartet with guest shadow-choreography by designer/directorSebastienne Mundheim, (Founder/Director White Box Theatre) anchors the program. The evening opens with a new work, lens flare from Alpha Centauri by Joshua Hey, and concludes with Scott Ordway’s whisper play,Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World, a 2016 commission inspired by the archaeological work of the Penn Museum and the acoustics of the magnificent 90-foot dome of the Chinese Rotunda. Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World will feature a special guest, acclaimed soprano Ah Young Hong, who has been called “a tour de force” by the Baltimore Sun, and “a blazing lone star” by the New York Times.

“Crumb, who is emeritus at Penn, completed his masterpiece on Friday the thirteenth of March, 1970, ‘in tempore belli,’ as he writes on the score. We’re revisiting it on Friday the thirteenth in another time of uncertainty,” said Min-Young Kim, violinist of Daedalus. “The Penn Museum’s vast rotunda space, the ancient artifacts and the shadow projections, the resonance of strings and of whispering, chanting, and the eerie glass harmonicas—all come together to create an unforgettable evening of music and magic.”

Black Angels and Secrets will run approximately 90 minutes with one intermission.

The Daedalus Quartet Project site is here.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble - Saturday, December 3, 2016 7:30PM

Brilliant Palette

Ernest Chausson
Chanson Perpétuelle, Op. 37 for Soprano, String Quartet, and Piano

Caroline Shaw
Boris Kerner for Cello, and Percussion

George Crumb
Madrigals I for Soprano, Vibraphone, and Contrabass

Martin Matalon
Short Stories for Vibraphone

Gabriel Fauré
La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61, for Soprano, String Quintet, and Piano


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m’M - Sunday November 20, 2016

8:00 pm Concert | 7:15 Pre-Concert Chat


Koerner Hall in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, the Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West


George Crumb (U.S.A.) A Haunted Landscape (1984)*

Marc-André Dalbavie (France) Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2013)*

Zosha Di Castri (Canada) Alba (2011)

Philippe Leroux (Canada/France) m'M (2003)

Alex Pauk - conductor

Joseph Johnson

*Canadian Premiere

“M” represents the phonetic sense of “love” in the French language, and in Leroux’s work, a concerto grosso, “m” represents the little orchestra and “M” the big orchestra. Alba reflects dawn in winter on the prairies of Northern Alberta, calling up “the majestic beauty in this quilted silence and stunning flatness”. Dalbavie’s cello concerto demands a wide range of virtuosic playing and confirms this composer’s musical genius. Crumb’s work creates almost ritualistic sonic impressions expressing that certain places on Earth “are imbued with an aura of mystery” and of ancient histories that still penetrate contemporary consciousness.

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice.

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