The annual Spotlight Series features the work of living composers whose careers have helped define contemporary classical music as we know it today. This year NAT 28 features the music of the inventive and ground-breaking composer, George Crumb. In order to present a comprehensive program of his most famous works, this will be a two-concert event with a dinner in between. Special dinner offers will be available at a nearby restaurant.
Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for flute, cello and piano simultaneously examines whale song and the creation of the universe. Mundus Canis for guitar and percussion is a set of musical caricatures that capture the spirit of five of the composer's dogs. Eleven Echoes of Autumn for violin, alto flute, clarinet, and piano explores Federico Garcia Lorca's lament on the "broken arch" of fall's climax and collapse. Black Angels is a thrilling work for amplified string quartet depicting figures of the underworld. The program also includes An Idyll for the Misbegottenfor flute and percussion, and Dream Sequence for violin, cello, piano, percussion and glass harmonica.