The Music of Ruth Crawford / Ruth Crawford Seeger
Southland Ensemble presents the music of Ruth Crawford, the forward-thinking and ultra-modern composer and that of Ruth Crawford Seeger the American folk music specialist and renowned children’s music educator. From her iconic, forward-thinking and ultra-modern String Quartet composed in 1931, to her collection and harmonic arrangement of hundreds of American children’s folk songs, Ruth Crawford Seeger was truly an American pioneer and inimitable creative force.
The program will feature the following compositions: String Quartet, Diaphonic Suite No. 1, Diaphonic Suite No. 4 and Three Songs (special arrangement by Jonathan Stehney). In addition, members of Southland Ensemble and special guests have arranged several folk songs contained in her collections Animal Folk Songs for Children and American Folk Songs for Children. The ensemble will be joined by special guests Jessica Basta, Daniel Corral, Dustin Donahue, David Perryman, Kathryn Pisaro and Argenta Walther.
Southland Ensemble is:
Casey Anderson, Jennifer Bewerse, Eric KM Clark, Orin Hildestad, James Klopfleisch, Jonathan Stehney, Cassia Streb & Christine Tavolacci.