George Crumb Workshops

April 1, 7 p.m. 
April 5, 10 a.m. 
April 8, 7 p.m. 
April 12, 10 a.m. 

Studio Z
275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, Saint Paul

$10 each workshop

Workshop Tickets

Zeitgeist’s Fourth Annual Early Music Festival explores the powerful contributions of our musical pioneers with a celebration of composer George Crumb. A living legend, Crumb’s music has joyously challenged our ears, embraced new artistic possibilities and continues to shape American music today. Join us as we celebrate Crumb’s musical contributions with a four-day festival of performances, dialogue and exploration.

Leading up to the festival, Zeitgeist will present four workshops exploring the various aspects of Crumb’s work, including extended techniques, use of poetry, and visual elements. Each session will focus on an iconic work from Crumb’s catalog and will feature a performance and discussion of the music. 

Vox Balaenae
Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.

Inspired by the singing of the humpbacked whale, Crumb uses electrically amplified instruments to create sounds that evoke the natural history of the sea in "Vox balaenae for three masked players" (Voice of the Whale). 

Settings of Lorca
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.

Zeitgeist examines Crumb’s settings of texts by Spanish poet García Lorca in Night Music & Madrigals and Sun and Shadow from his Spanish songbook. 

Music for a Summer Evening
Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.

Music for a Summer Evening (from Makrokosmos III) evokes the ethereal sounds of nighttime using a colorful range of percussion instruments and a variety of extended techniques on the piano. 

Crumb’s Songbooks
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.

Crumb’s arrangements of American hymns, spirituals and popular songs preserve the familiar tunes while adding a wide range of musical techniques and exotic sounds.

Tickets can be securely purchased by credit card or through your PayPal account in advance, or by cash or check at the door.


Zeitgeist’s George Crumb workshops are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.