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Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra goes IN THE POCKET

December 6, 2009
8:00 pm

Grey Box Theatre
3595 Butler Street, Lawrencville

Tickets: $5 students & artists  $10 all other
Ticket sales are cash only at the door the evening of the performance.

The ever-provocative Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra is backwith another genre-bending program.  This time ELCO blurs the lines between composer and performer, between composition and improvisation, and between “classical” and “popular” with three exciting, grooving modern classics:  Terry Riley’s In C, Frederic Rzewski’s Les moutons de Panurge, and Elliott Sharp’s SyndaKit.  Meridian Dreams, an ambient/trip-hop electronica project spearheaded by well-known producer/engineer Rae DiLeo, will provide a unique opening set.

The three pieces on ELCO’s set showcase noted American master composers whose work represents three distinct approaches to combining composed music with the influences of rock and jazz.  In C, by Terry Riley, inaugurated the genre known as minimalism with its unabashed tunefulness and relentless pulse.  Les moutons de Panurge, by Frederic Rzewski, takes its title from a novel by the French satirist Rabelais, and is a witty exploration of the limits of virtuosity.  SyndaKit, by Elliott Sharp, explores the relation between the group and the individual musician in a piece that nods equally to the composers studies with Morton Feldman and his days in the punk clubs of New York.

Rae DiLeo, who performs as Meridian Dreams, will be perform an opening set with video artist Hans Jensen.  Rae has performed throughout California and the southwest and has been a studio engineer for artists from Henry Rollins to Filter to Grandmaster Flash.

For additional information or to reserve a ticket contact elco.events@gmail.com or call 412-608-6120.
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November 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm Comments (0)

Contemporary Music @Carnegie Mellon

The Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble concert this Friday, November 20th at 6:30 PM in Kresge featuring works by Lutoslawski, Martinu, Knussen, Vasquez, and Birtwistle. The guest conductors are Walter Morales and Tobias Volkmann.

Next week, catch the performance debut of Carnegie Mellon’s Repertoire Orchestra on Monday, November 23 at 5:25 PM in the College of Fine Arts’ Alumni Concert Hall. This first concert of the lab chamber orchestra features soloist Amaury Morales in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 under the direction of Walter Morales.

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November 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm Comment (1)

Roger Zahab and Alicia Bekeny in Recital at Heinz Chapel

November 22, 2009
3:00 pm

Heinz Chapel
$5 at the door

Roger Zahab, violin
with Alicia Bekeny, violin, present

Legends, Songs and Dances
a concert in support of the Heinz Chapel Building Fund

The music

J.S.Bach : Partita in d minor (BWV 1004, ca. 1720)
Béla Bartók : Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)

with short works by

Judith Weir: Rain and mist are on the mountain, I’d better buy some shoes


Roger Zahab : Battery Park, New York Harbor,The Fens, commonwealth

November 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm Comments (0)

Avant-Jazz legends Hamiet Bluiett and Kahil El-Zabar @ Istanbul, Thu Nov. 19

Two progressive jazz legends from the Chicago area – Hamiet Bluiett and Kahil El-Zabar – will take the stage in a duo format on Thu., Nov. 19 at Istanbul Cafe (formerly Your Inner Vagabond), 4130 Butler St. in Lawrenceville at 8 p.m. The concert is open to all ages, and the opening act is Ben Opie (of Opek and Thoth Trio). Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance from these outlets: Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, Dave’s Music Mine, and The Exchange Squirrel Hill.

Baritone saxophonist is known for co-founding the St. Louis-based Black Artists Group. He moved to New York City in 1969 and played with Charles Mingus and Sam Rivers, then founded the acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet (with Oliver Lake and Julius Hemphill) in 1976.

World Saxophone Quartet’s Pittsburgh concerts include an appearance at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the early ’90s, and center stage at the packed Jazz Poetry fest on the North Side in 2007. Bluiett has recorded for such labels as India Navigation, Black Saint, Soul Note, and Justin Time, as well as major label Elektra/Nonesuch (with World Sax).


Kahil El-Zabar is a percussionist from Chicago who was the chairman of the AACM (which also spawned the Art Ensemble of Chicago) in the early ’70s. Soon after, he founded both the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which continue to this day. El-Zabar has also played with artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Steve Wonder to Paul Simon and Nina Simone. He has recorded for such jazz labels as Sound Aspects, CIMP, Silkheart and Delmark. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has made several Pittsburgh appearances: Three Rivers Arts Festival (in the late ’90s), the Warhol Museum in 2007, and Carnegie Mellon University in 2008.


November 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm Comment (1)

IonSound Project, Renew

December 20, 2009
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets available at the door.

IonSound plays works that examine the different facets and stages of renewal including

Michael Torke’s After the Forest Fire
Libby Larsen’s Firebrand
and a new work by Pittsburgh area composer Jonathan Kolm

An exihibit featuring artists that work with recycled or renewable materials including local artists Amy Rappa and Lauren Braun will be on display.

November 13, 2009 at 8:25 am Comments (0)

Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009
8:00 pm

PNC Recital Hall
$10 suggested donation

Patrick Burke will lead Duquesne’s Contemporary Ensemble in a concert including

Aria by Kevin Puts for violin and piano
Canzon by Judd Greenstein for euphonium and delay pedal
Sonnets/Unrealities, a text setting of e.e. cummings by Bjork
Mariel by Osvaldo Golijov for cello and marimba
Les Moutons de Panurge by Frederic Rzewski

November 13, 2009 at 8:13 am Comments (0)

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic’s Concert of Banned Music

One of the more disturbing trends in recent American political discourse has been the reflexive way in which more and more people are willing to equate their opponents’ views with Nazism. The sheer frequency and glib nature of these accusations risks minimizing the real horrors that acually did happen in the 20th century. Hopefully, tonight’s concert by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic will be something of an antidote to that trend when the orchestra, under the direction of Ronald Zollman, performs a program of music banned in Hitler’s Germany. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the real suffering of real people under real fascists, those who face suppression of free expression today, and to remember that freedom of expression will always exist on the knife’s edge. You can find full details about the event here.

November 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm Comments (0)

Concert of Banned Music: Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

November 9, 2009
8:00 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens, and free to all college students with valid ID. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.music.cmu.edu and select “Box Office.” Seating is open and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maestro Ronald Zollman leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in a performance of works by prominent European-Jewish composers whose music was banned during the Nazi regime at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 in Oakland’s historic Carnegie Music Hall. The performance is part of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

In close partnership with The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is presenting Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a month-long collaborative effort with a broad spectrum of Pittsburgh organizations to create educational programming and inspire a community-wide dialogue about the Holocaust.

The Nazi propaganda that exposed and banned “degenerate” artists and composers was a precursor to the state-sponsored pogrom of Kristallnacht on Nov. 8 and 9, 1938. Held exactly 71 years later, this commemorative performance sheds light on those composers and their music.

The program features Martinu’s Lidiče, Schulhoff’s Symphony No. 1, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Schoenberg’s A Survivor of Warsaw and Mahler’s Todtenfeier. Special guests Sandy and Edgar Snyder and Kristallnacht survivor Ruth Drescher will address the audience prior to the performance.

November 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm Comments (0)