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 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Generous support for the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.