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    Curtis 20/21 Ensemble: A Mad King

    Curtis Institute of Music

    1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    • Saturday November 10th 2018, 8:00pm to 9:30pm
    Jonathan Beyer (’07), baritone

    JULIUS EASTMAN (’63) Joy Boy
    PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Eight Songs for a Mad King

    The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents Peter Maxwell Davies’s melodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, long recognized as a major work of experimental theater. Composed in the late 1960s, Davies captures King George III’s descent into madness through inventive music and a wide array of non-traditional performance techniques, creating an unforgettable experience for the listener. The work is preceded by Joy Boy, a bright and minimal woodwind quartet by Curtis alumnus Julius Eastman, a gifted and idiosyncratic composer, pianist, and one of the first vocalists to take on the Eight Songs in performance.

    The program will include a conversation with David Ludwig about the composers on the program; their lives and their works.

    Generous support for the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.
    Accessible seating is available.
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