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Anonymous 4

25th Anniversary concert & David Lang World Premiere

Culver Center of the Arts


Friday, December 2, 2011, 8pm - 10pm

Favorites from 19 CDs, music of Hildegard of Bingen, early holiday music, and the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang's,The Wood and the Vine, (2011) co-commissioned by UC Riverside.

Originally formed in 1986 to experiment with the sound of medieval chant and polyphony as sung by higher voices, the four women of Anonymous 4 (Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek) have become world-renowned for their astonishing vocal blend and technical virtuosity. The distinctive, pure-toned voices of early music's reigning queens have enchanted listeners with nearly two million copies of the group's 21 recordings of medieval, contemporary, and American music sold worldwide.

To celebrate this significant silver anniversary, the vocal quartet will perform the world premiere of a section of an evening length work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. Titled the wood and the vine, (2011) the work was adapted from a text by the late-12thcentury poet Marie de France. The anthology program will also include excerpts from such best-selling CDs as An English Lady Mass, American Angels, and 11,000 Virgins, which helped introduce audiences to Hildegard of Bingen, as well as early holiday music from Legends of St. Nicholas and The Cherry Tree, among others.

Ticket range: $36
Call for advance tickets: UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office: 951-827-4331 or 951-827-4403 (M-F, 10:00 - 3:00 PM)
Purchase night of show: Culver Center lobby at 7:00 PM (Over the counter sales only).

Presented by: UC Riverside Presents

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