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Violinist Monique Mead performs Lutoslawski

February 5, 2012
3:00 pm

Kresge Recital Hall

Violinist Monique Meade and pianist Luz Manriquez will perform a recital that includes Lutoslawski’s Subito along with music by Mozart, Sarasate, and Prokofiev. The program will feature concert commentary by CMU Music Preparatory School students Tino Cardenes, Madeline Hilf, Maine Hoppo, Morgan Dufer, William Wang, and Gabrielle Faetini.

January 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Percussion Showcase

February 5, 2012
7:00 pm

Chatham University, James Laughlin Center for Music

Alia Musica’s winter program features music for percussion by living Pittsburgh composers. The program features the premieres of works by Michael Purdue and Scott Steele, in addition to works by Ivan Jiminez, Michael Culligan, Elliott Carter and Eric Satie.

Alia Musica composer (and a percussionist himself) Scott Steele’s “Music for three percussionists” will be premiered, along with a new composition, written especially for the occasion, by percussionist Mike Perdue. Perdue’s piece, Words, is based on the rhythm of spoken text and scored for a variable number of players and instruments. Exploring elements of improvisation and formal indeterminacy, the piece follows on the lead of his Meta-Concerto, premiered in 2011 to good reviews at the Manhattan School of Music (with the composer as percussion soloist).

Alia Musica regular percussionists, Elliot Beck and Marcus Kim, will be featured in their respective specialities, with Mr. Beck performing Elliott Carter’s Pieces for Four Timpani, and Mr. Kim presenting his own vibraphone arrangement of Eric Satie’s Gymnopedies. The program is completed by a version of Ivan Jimenez’s 10 Intermittent Lights Dancing, reworked for three percussionists, and a “Trio” by percussionist-composer Michael Culligan, featuring Pittsburgh percussionists Austin Allen, Maryalice Ryan, and David Zawodniak.

Featuring percussionists:

Austin Allen
Elliot Beck
Michael Culligan
Marcus Kim
Michael Purdue
Maryalice Ryan
Scott Steele
Daniel Zawodniak

January 30, 2012 at 8:31 am Comments (0)

Rainforth Performs Rainforth

February 4, 2012
4:00 pm

First Unitarian Church, Shadyside
$10 at the door, reception to follow.

Billed as “Modern American Art Songs….with a twist!”, highly versatile mezzo/composer Eva Rainforth will give a concert of her own compositions at Shadyside Unitarian Church on February 4. You won’t want to miss this!

January 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm Comments (0)

Mark Kanny Previews Glennie, Stucky Premiere

Read about it here.

January 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm Comments (0)

Roger Zahab Performs Contemporary Viola Music

January 20, 2012
4:00 pm
4:00 pm

James Laughlin Music Center

Roger Zahab will perform Benjamin Britten, Akin Euba, Elizabeth Maconchy, Jeffrey Nytch, and himself.

January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm Comments (0)

CAPA Antithesis – “Graphic” Concert

February 17, 2012
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Now rescheduled for Friday 2/17.

CAPA Cabaret Theater
111 9th St
Free Admission

CAPA High School’s Antithesis Ensemble, directed by Greg Davis and Lenny Young, presents an evening of “non-traditional” music focusing on the theme of graphic notation. The program includes major works by composers such as Kagel and Cardew in addition to compositions by CAPA Students.

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January 7, 2012 at 9:01 am Comments (0)

New Music Press Roundup, Bernabo interviews LotUS

So in case this slipped past you in the holiday rush, new music events made an impressive showing in Andy Druckenbrod’s top 10 classical concerts of the year list: Music on the Edge (Newband), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice), Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appetit), and the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (music of Solomon Rosowsky). Check out the full article for Andy’s explanations.

So it was a great year for New Music in Pittsburgh, and as those of you who follow this blog regularly know, that was only the tip of the iceberg. And 2012? Staritn’ off with a bang. check out the repopulated events calendar and you’ll see what I mean.

And speaking of starting off with a bang, don’t miss Dave Bernabo’s very thorough interview with League of the Unsound Sound co-founders David Smooke and Ken Ueno. LotUS comes to the Warhol next Saturday night.

Update: and I almost forgot this profile of new music performer extraordinaire Rob Frankenberry. Let’s have a virtual show of hands for how many of us have had our music played beautifully by Rob! Yeah!

January 6, 2012 at 8:42 am Comments (0)

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Perform Silverman’s Trio No. 2

January 23, 2012
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

The famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform a new work by Stanley Silverman for their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society concert on January 23rd. The group premiered Silverman’s Trio No. 2 on September 14 of 2011 at New York’s 92nd St. Y. The program also includes Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502, and Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major (which appears to be the key of the night). Op. 97.

January 5, 2012 at 8:37 am Comments (0)

Attack Theatre, PSO Players Perform Histoire du Soldat

January 18, 2012
7:00 pm
2425 Liberty Avenue, Strip District
Tickets (by donation only, suggested $15)
For one memorable night only, members from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra join Attack Theatre for the production of Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) in Attack Theatre’s home studio. Attack Theatre and PSO fans can enjoy an intimate community performance of Igor Stravinsky’s timeless tale of greed and temptation.
Tickets for this unique performance are through donation only (suggested $15) and must be reserved in advance (seating is limited). Click here to reserve yours today.
January 4, 2012 at 8:27 am Comments (0)

Glennie Premieres Stucky’s Spirit Voices

January 13, 2012
8:00 pm
January 14, 2012
8:00 pm
January 15, 2012
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

A force to be reckoned with, famed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie unleashes her notable musicality and virtuosity in Steven Stucky’s Spirit Voices, described by the composer as an “inspiration from the diversity of spirits and other supernatural forces from cultures around the world who manifest their presence through sound.” Glennie seamlessly moves across the stage while performing on an impressive array of percussion instruments.

Steven Stucky discusses his piece Spirit Voices from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Vimeo.

January 2, 2012 at 11:24 am Comments (0)