Let the Sound of Crystal Cove Wash Over You

Nature and music.  What could be better together?  No one connects our majestic outdoor spaces with brilliant musical composition better than Dr. Pamela Madsen, who will bring her students from Cal State Fullerton to perform at Crystal Cove’s second annual Art in the Park Celebration on Saturday, March 31st.

As well as her work as a sound artist, performer, and curator of new music, Dr. Madsen is a professor of composition, music theory, and music technology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).  She has been partnering with Crystal Cove Conservancy as a featured composer since 2012. Her compositions range from massive projects inspired by outdoor landscapes to intimate chamber music creations, as well as inspiring multi-media collaborations with other performers and artists.

For all her work, Dr. Madsen takes inspiration from outdoor places like Crystal Cove State Park.  Her recent sonic landscape work, entitled “There will come soft rains,” reflects on the need for water and the meaning of rain. The multimedia piece is an oratorio, using music, project images, recorded sounds, and spoken word poetry to immerse listeners in the sonic landscape of the open spaces that have inspired her work.

Dr. Madsen recently won a National Endowment for the Arts award for “There will come soft rains.” The concert-length multimedia piece will be premiered at Cal State Fullerton’s New Music Festival on February 22, 2018.  Dr. Madsen anticipates bringing her ensemble to perform the piece at Crystal Cove State Park in Spring 2019.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Madsen and her music students from Cal State Fullerton’s New Music Ensemble perform at The Conservancy’s second annual Art in the Park Celebration, which will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018.   Performers will be scattered throughout the Historic District’s public spaces, experimenting with how sound and acoustics interplay.

For more information or tickets to Cal State Fullerton’s New Music festival, please visit their website here.

To learn more about Art in the Park Celebration click here.  A $15 parking fee applies for all events at Crystal Cove State Park.


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