Sellars does Crumb

Peter Sellars is staging a performance of George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny at Ojai. In this feature on the NPR website, Crumb says how Dawn Upshaw’s performance of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” helped inspire his own setting of the piece in this cycle. I was at her performance of that tune, because it was part of her Carnegie Hall debut program in which she did my Denise Levertov setting Bedtime as part of a group of songs by composers roughly of her own generation. It was an amazing program. After that group, she did a staged version of Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children, then a set of folks songs with Bill Crofut. In the Crumb staging, prepared with Bill T. Jones, Upshaw became what was undoubtedly the first soprano making her Carnegie recital debut to spend time during the performance laying flat on the floor of the stage. More on Crumb here and here. Audio and video from the Ojai site here.

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