Ensemble 20/21 celebrates the University of Pennsylvania’s illustrious compositional history during this concert. Many Philadelphia composers of note are represented on the program, including PCMS co-founder Phillip Maneval. The evening culminates with the Philadelphia premiere of Kronos-Kryptos, one of George Crumb’s latest compositions. All of Curtis’s percussionists join forces to bring this quintet to life, from the joyous, metallic opening movement “Easter Dawning” through the second movement’s “Ghostly Barcarolle,” the thunderous third movement “Drummers of the Apocalypse,” and the fourth movement’s “Appalachian Echoes.”
Generous support for Ensemble 20/21 is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.