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CMU Student Composers Concert

Hear world premieres by three acclaimed Carnegie Mellon student composers this Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m. in Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall. Along with guest conductors Tobias Volkmann and Jan Pellant, music director Ronald Zollman will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in this concert of original music that also will feature concertmaster Emma Steele on Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

Tickets are $5 general admission, $4 senior citizens and free to all students with ID. Visit music.cmu.edu for more information.

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February 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm Comments (0)

A Conversation with Lindsey J. Goodman

Lindsey J. Goodman

On the Saturday morning that Snowmageddon unleashed its fury on the region I had the pleasure of video chatting with flutist extraordinaire Lindsey J. Goodman about her upcoming Music on the Edge recital at the Warhol. Well known to local new music audiences for her exquisite performances with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Lindsey will share a recital with Anthony Coleman on February 27. She’ll perform three pieces for flute and electroacoustics—by Mathew Rosenblum, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and Russell Pinkston—and the world premiere of a solo flute piece by Grant Cooper. In the following audio interview, Lindsey talks about the different pieces on the program, her love for electroacoustic elements, and what she looks for when she’s thinking about tackling a new piece. She also gives a little preview on the upcoming PNME season.

As always, I encourage you to listen to the whole interview.

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And here are some excerpts from the full interview. First of all, I asked Lindsey to describe what was on her program.

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When I asked Lindsey about how her affinity for electroacoustic elements developed, her thoughts ranged from being able to perform “chamber music for one person” to how this genre is particularly relevant to our technological society.

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Russell Pinkston’s Lizamander is for flute and MaxMSP and Lindsey discussed both the intense satisfaction and the risks of working with live signal processing.

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Finally, Lindesy gave us a preview of the upcoming PNME season as well as some her new projects which include concerto performances and (maybe, possibly) recording projects.

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For details about the concert visit Music on the Edge at www.music.pitt.edu/mote.

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February 21, 2010 at 12:09 am Comment (1)

Preview of Mason Bates with the PSO

Andy Druckenbrod interviews Mason Bates in anticipation of this weekends PSO concerts.


February 19, 2010 at 8:35 am Comments (0)

Emily Pinkerton and Patrick Burke on “Red Rocking Chair”

I recently sat down with Pittsburgh music power couple Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton. Patrick teaches composition and theory at Duquesne and is a member of the New York-based NOW Ensemble and Emily is well known as a singer-songwriter for her unique blend of American and Chilean folk music (she also has great operatic chops, but that’s a story for another time).  Emily and Patrick are collaborating on a new piece for NOW called Red Rocking Chair, based on an Appalachian folk song by the same name (also known as “Sugar Babe”), and the new work will be premiered by now at NYC’s North River Music series on February 25. Red Rocking Chair combines Emily’s crystal-clear voice and nimble banjo picking with the existing NOW instrumentation. The video below includes Patrick and Emily talking about the process of composing the work as well as a preview of the piece. I think you’ll really enjoy it, and if you’re an ex pat Burgher in New York, be sure to catch NOW on February 25.

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February 16, 2010 at 11:22 am Comment (1)

CMU Student Composers Concert

Hear world premieres by four up-and-coming Carnegie Mellon student composers this Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m. in Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall. Along with guest conductors Tobias Volkmann and Jan Pellant, music director Ronald Zollman will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in this concert of original music that also will feature soprano Danielle Messina on Barber’s classic Knoxville, Summer of 1915.

Tickets are $5 general admission, $4 senior citizens and free to all students with ID. Visit music.cmu.edu for more information.

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February 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm Comments (0)

Via David Sogg: The Concert is ON!

PSO bassonist David Sogg asked me to post the following announcement about the Music Narratives concert at the Warhol tonight, which I am more than happy to do.

The Concert is ON!

Tonight at 8:00 pm at The Andy Warhol Museum, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra WILL present…

Musical Narratives

The music—Stravinsky & Kander—is hot. Kurt Vonnegut’s words are searing. Electrifying performances by Martin Giles and fellow actors bring you a hilarious black comedy that places Stravinsky’s music in an entirely new light.

The snow may go on, … the SHOW definitely WILL go on.

Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check. To place your name on the reserved tickets list, send an email to sogg@duq.edu with the word “tickets” in the subject line. In the message text, specify number of tickets requested (limit 2, please), along with your name. They will be held for you at the door until 10 minutes before the concert. For further information, call 412-361-5704.

See you there!

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February 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm Comments (0)

Joan Tower is PSO’s 2010–11 Composer of the Year

In case you haven’t heard, Joan Tower will be the PSO’s Composer of the Year for the 2010–11 season which will also include David Del Tredici’s Final Alice and a new bassoon concerto by Alan Fletcher. Here’s a an excerpt from the PSO’s season announcement.

Joan Tower, as the PSO’s 2010-2011 Composer of the Year, will have six of her works performed in subscription programs, including the world-premiere of an orchestral work commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a clarinet concerto with Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek as soloist. As Composer of the Year, Tower also participates in masterclasses with local university composition students, coachings, lectures, and other audience outreach. These activities are designed to familiarize listeners with her and her work, creating a connection between living composers and our audiences. The 2010-2011 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season is the tenth year of the PSO’s Composer of the Year program.

In addition to the world-premiere of Tower’s new work, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform the world-premiere of a new piece by Alan Fletcher. The composer’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra features Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres as soloist.    In total, there are eleven works this season that will receive a first performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This includes concerts in November 2010, when Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin conducts the Orchestra in an all-American program comprised of music the PSO has never before performed. The program includes Tower’s Clarinet Concerto, Copland’s full ballet, Appalachian Spring and Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront.

Looks like it’s gonna be a good season!


February 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm Comment (1)

IonSound Project: Recycle

April 11, 2010
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
ProArts Tickets

IonSound Project completes their Reduce-Renew-Recycle season with a music by Joan Tower, Daron Hagen, and Francis Poulenc. Featuring guest pianist Amy Williams in Lukas Foss’ mesmerizing Solo Observed.  This concert will be paired with a unique installation project aimed at promoting recycling in the city of Pittsburgh.

February 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Plays Pitt’s Grad Student Composers

April 6, 2010
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
FREE

IonSound Project will perform new music by Pitt’s grad student composers as part of their ongoing residency with the Pitt’s Department of Music.

February 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm Comments (0)

PSO Plays Rite of Spring and Danielpour’s Rocking the Cradle

April 29, 2010
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
April 30, 2010
8:00 pm
8:00 pm
May 1, 2010
8:00 pm
8:00 pm

Heinz Hall
Tickets

The PSO pairs Richard Danielpour’s Rocking the Cradle with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.


February 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm Comments (0)

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