|March 17, 2012|
|8:00 pm||to||10:00 pm|
Looking for an alternative to getting tanked in your local pub this St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further! Music on the Edge is bringing Boston’s Firebird Ensemble to Bellefield Hall Auditorium on March 17th at 8 p.m. This concert is part of Firebird’s Wild West on Tour project, which will bring the works of Lee Hyla and Pittsburgh-based composer Eric Moe to Boston, Pennsylvania, and California as well as the recording studio. The works featured on the Pittsburgh program include Curtis Hughe’s Danger Garden (2006), Lee Hyla’s My Life on the Plains (2010), and two works by Eric Moe: Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past (2009) and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (2011). While on tour, Firebird Ensemble will also undertake educational residencies at the University of Pittsburgh and Chapman University (California) presenting master-classes and readings of student works. The project will culminate in a commercial recording of works by Eric Moe that will be released by New World Records.
Currently celebrating its tenth season, Firebird is becoming recognized as one of the nation’s leading new music ensembles. As early as 2005, the Boston Globe praised Firebird saying, “In the free spirited Firebird Ensemble, Boston has its equivalent to such prominent, genre busting new-music ensembles as Eighth Blackbird and Alarm Will Sound.” Comprised of adventurous young musicians who have the chops to match their enthusiasm and the boldness to take creative risks, Firebird is musically defined by eclectic programming with interdisciplinary influences. They have made it their mission to break down preconceptions about new music, to build enthusiasm for new compositions, and to create a unique concert atmosphere. In their efforts to bring contemporary music to new audiences, Firebird has held concerts in bars and jazz clubs as well as auditoriums. Champions of promising young composers, Firebird has even started a series called “Meat the Composer” that premieres new works and allows audience members to meet new composers while enjoying ribs and beer at popular Boston restaurants.
Firebird also provides educational programs to bring the music of our time to our nation’s youngest audiences. Joel Gordon of Art of the States commends their educational efforts saying, “Since its inception in 2001, I have watched this vibrant ensemble develop into the kind of group truly needed to reach the next generation of serious music audiences. It takes an unusual blend of serious musical technique, creative repertoire selection and a sense of style and fun to reach new audiences and wake them up to the possibilities of our country’s composers.”
Come out to see them live up to all the good reviews on March 17th!
Advance tickets are available through ProArtsTickets at proartsticket.org or by calling 412-394-3353.
Advance: General admission is $15; non-Pitt students and seniors are $10.
At the door : General admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15 (cash only)
Pitt students free with valid ID.