North Carolina Museum of Art - Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 3 pm

Sights and Sounds on Sundays: Amphion Percussion

SECU Auditorium, East Building

Sean Connors and Peter Zlotnick, the masterminds of Amphion Percussion, explore the repertoire of 20th-century composers such as George Crumb, György Ligeti, Morton Feldman, and Steve Reich on percussive instruments including marimba, vibraphone, drums, wood blocks, and even tuned glass bottles of water. They premiere works written for them by emerging composers as well as their own original compositions and improvisations, and occasionally work from transcriptions of the popular music of Radiohead, the Bad Plus, and Regina Spektor.

For their NCMA concert, Connors and Zlotnick draw from the work of Ligeti, Missy Mazzoli, and John Mayrose.

Experience the sights before the sounds. Docent-led tours tailored to music lovers link art in the Museum to that day's chamber music performance. Make a reservation to join the 1:45 pm preconcert tour online or by calling the Box Office, (919) 715-5923, at least one week in advance.


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Matthias Pintscher on January 21, 2017




George CRUMB            
Federico’s Little Songs for Children
for soprano, flute and harp

Matthias PINTSCHER        
Monumento V for eight voices and orchestra
French Premiere

Beat FURRER        
lotófagos I for soprano and double bass

Franck BEDROSSIAN        
We met as Sparks for flute, bass, clarinet, double bass, alto and violoncello
French premiere

Vito ŽURAJ                
for soprano and ensemble
world premiere of the new version, commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain

Doleur me bat

Fragments d’Ausiàs March
for five voices and orchestra
world premiere of the new version, commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain

Plusieurs regretz

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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; $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.