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Aug 7 2022

Songs to the Moon

Vassily Kandinsky, Heavy Circles, 1927 Oil on canvas. 22 1/2 × 20 1/2 in. (57.2 × 52.1 cm). Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
Hammer Museum

The moon has always inspired poets and composers. “Songs to the Moon” begins with a set of moon-themed art songs for voice and piano. The concert concludes with a rare performance of George Crumb’s magical “Night of the Four Moons” with texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. Scored for alto voice, alto flute/piccolo, banjo, electric cello, and percussion, the work was composed in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission.

Other texts by Charles de BussyJoseph von EichendorffGabriele D’AnnunzioJames McPhersonThe Rubiat of Omar KayyámCarl Sandburg, and "Anonymous"; music by Vincento BelliniCécile ChaminadeRuth Crawford-SeegerLiza LehmanCamille Saint-SäensRobert Schumann, and Paolo Tosti.



  • Meagan Martin, mezzo-soprano (UCLA DMA ’19)
  • Will Adams, alto flute/piccolo (UCLA MM ’22)
  • Alan Berman, banjo (UCLA MFA ’82)
  • Christopher Cho, electric cello (UCLA MM ’21)
  • Daniel La France, percussion (UCLA DMA candidate)
  • Neal Stulberg, pianist and conductor (UCLA Professor/Director of Orchestral Studies)

Event at Hammer Museum

Admission is free. Seats will be assigned at the box office on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating.

More info at hammer.ucla.edu