|November 3, 2011|
|November 4, 2011|
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Do you love Morton Feldman? Well then, make your way to the Wood Street Galleries in early November for some top-rate performances and to the University of Pittsburgh for a day-long Symposium comprising scholars from around the country and musicians who worked closely with Feldman. If you don’t like Morton Feldman, come anyway, and we’ll tell you why you should!
The works of Morton Feldman (1926-1987) occupy a central place in the American experimental tradition, not just within the music world. Feldman was very often inspired by non-musical sources, including Persian rugs, abstract expressionist paintings by Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, and texts of Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara. Kyle Gann remarked that, “in the current Babel of musical styles, Feldman is almost the only composer whose music appeals across stylistic boundaries, among minimalists, postserialists, 12-tone holdouts, electronic composers, academics, Downtowners, MAX programmers, DJ artists, and other miscellaneous wastrels.” Why does this music have such a broad appeal? This is one of the questions that will be explored during the symposium. The first session will include scholars whose research places Feldman within a larger historical context. The second session will call upon performers and composers who worked intimately with Feldman in the 1970s and 1980s. The symposium will be framed by two concerts presenting two late chamber pieces, Patterns in a Chromatic Field and Crippled Symmetry.
View the complete symposium schedule here.
This celebration of Feldman’s musical legacy comes to Pittsburgh via another legacy—the one passed from percussionist Jan Williams to his daughter, composer/pianist Amy Williams. Jan Williams premiered many of Feldman’s works, while Amy Williams is a widely performed and commissioned composer and one half of the critically acclaimed Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo. The father/daughter duo first performed Crippled Symmetry in Buffalo in April 2011 and Amy Williams, a member of the composition and theory faculty at Pitt, is the driving force behind the two-day exploration of Feldman’s work. Jan and Amy Williams will be joined be Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble flutist Lindsey Goodman and cellist Jonathan Golove.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of Feldman’s inspiration, the two concerts will take place at Wood Street Galleries rather than a traditional concert venue, and feature readings by Jan Beatty, poet and host of WYEP’s Prosody, and Lynn Emmanuel, poet and Professor of English at Pitt.
Come out to the Galleries on Thursday November 3rd at 8 p.m. to hear Jonathon Golove (cello) and Amy Williams (piano) perform Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981). Before this 80-minute work, New York School poetry will be read aloud by Jan Beatty, poet and host of WYEP’s radio show, Prosody.
Join us once more on Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m. to take in a performance of Crippled Symmetry (1983) by Lindsey Goodman (flute), Amy Williams (piano) and Jan Williams (percussion). Before this 90-minute work, New York School poetry will be read aloud by Lynn Emanuel, poet and Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
For tickets, visit www.proartstickets.org or call 412-394-3353. Those attending both concerts can take advantage of a special Festival package rate:
- $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors for both nights when purchased in advance through ProArtsTickets
- $30 and $20 for both nights at the door.
- Individual concerts: $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors when ordered in advance through ProArtsTickets.
- Individual concerts at the door: $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.
- Pitt students: free with valid ID.