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Music & Performance

Songs to the Moon


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 Bussy, Joseph von Eichendorff, Gabriele D’Annunzio, James McPherson, The Rubiat of Omar Kayyám, Carl Sandburg, and "Anonymous"; music by Vincento Bellini, Cécile Chaminade, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Liza Lehman, Camille Saint-Säens, Robert 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)