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ALIA MUSICA-PNME Commission Competition Finalists’ Concert

November 16, 2012
7:30 pm

Kresge Theatre

ALIA MUSICA Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble announce a concert of music by Pittsburgh-related composers Molly Joyce, David Liptak, David Stock, Sean Neukom, and James Ogburn. The concert will be held on Friday November 16, 7:30pm at Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Theatre.

In a joint, two-phase production supported in part by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the two organizations invited submissions from composers anywhere who could demonstrate a connection to Pittsburgh. Out of nearly 50 eligible scores, directors Kevin Noe and Federico Garcia selected five of the pieces to be featured as finalists in the first phase of the competition—the Finalists Concert, where the Alia Musica ensemble will perform the five compositions.

The program includes two world premieres, by Sean Neukom and David Stock, and Pittsburgh premieres by David Liptak and Molly Joyce.  The program features ensembles between 5 and 15 performers.

After the concert, a winner will be chosen by the artistic directors and other staff members from Alia Musica and the PNME. The composer of the winning piece will be commissioned for a new piece for the PNME, to be premiered in their upcoming season in phase 2 of the joint competition. Input from the audience will be also be recognized through an Audience Choice Award.

The concert will be followed by a reception at a local restaurant to be announced, where audience members are invited to join the musicians and the five composers, all of whom will be present.

The finalists

David Liptak, composition faculty at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, wrote Passing of Memory in 2003 for Steven Stucky (the 2011-12 PSO Composer in Residence) and Ensemble X, who premiered it in Ithaca in the same year. Scored for woodwinds, trumpet, piano, two percussionists, and string quintet, the piece has also been performed and recorded by Brad Lubman and Eastman’s Musica Nova.

Pittsburgh-native Molly Joyce is a composition student at Julliard since 2011. Already featured by Alia Musica in the Spring of 2011, her recent piece Dollhouse, for chamber orchestra, is the result of a commission from up-and-coming ensemble Contemporaneous.  Joyce’s piece has added to the increasing attention her music is drawing among specialized media, including blogs I Care if you Listen and Prufock’s Dilemma, which featured the work in September 2012.

James Ogburn’s Centric was one of the 11 world premieres in Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s inaugural 2007 concert. One of the earliest pieces still in the ensemble’s repertory, it is scored for woodwinds, vibraphone, piano, violin and cello. Mr. Ogburn has acted as head of the Composition Department at Bangkok University in Thailand since 2010.

Pittsburgh’s legendary David Stock will have his new quintet Five Four-Letter Words premiered by the Alia Musica Chamber Players in the Finalists Concert. Scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion, the five-movement piece is a musical realization of five particularly suggestive words: Step, Wisp, Chip, Heat, and Spin.

Sean Neukom is the founder of Symbiotic Collusion, the pioneering arts-and-music business associated, among others, with the Freya String Quartet. At 7.1, to be premiered in the Finalists Concert, stemmed from an original composition for string quartet—most recently performed by Freya in the Hear/Now Festival in 2012—now re-imagined and re-scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, marimba, violin and double-bass. The fast-paced piece is elevated by contemplative passages, where part of the ensemble is called to sustain a minor second in four crystal glasses.

Alia Musica/PNME Commission Competition Finalists’ Concert

Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday November 16, 2012, 7:30pm

Tickets at the door: $15 ($12 for students/seniors).

Discount advance purchase: $10 available at www.alia-musica.org

Sean Neukom – At 7.1 (premiere)

David Stock – Five Four-letter Words (premiere)

David Liptak – Passing of Memory

– intermission –

James Ogburn – Centric

Molly Joyce – Dollhouse

– reception to follow with the finalist composers

Performance by Alia Musica Pittsburgh, conducted by Federico Garcia

Details, tickets, and directions at www.alia-musica.org

October 31, 2012 at 8:33 am Comments (0)

The Anarchic Society of Sounds: A Tribute to John Cage

November 4, 2012
8:00 pm

The Union Project
Tickets: General Admission: $10/$5 students (Suggested Donation)
Cash accepted at the door the evening of the performance.

ELCO presents a multi-media, musical celebration of the music of John Cage with a healthy dose of absurdist theatre.

The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra seeks to tear down distinctions of genre and demolish preconceived notions about music by presenting a repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to present day, placing emphasis on classical, modern classical, and pop music

ELCO utilizes the medium of the chamber orchestra to explore connections between diverse musical genres and traditions, promoting a broad range of repertoire, including modern classical music, new interpretations of older classical works, and rock and pop compositions. The core ELCO ensemble consists of young professional orchestral musicians collaborating with up-and-coming opera and rock vocalists.

October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm Comments (0)

Trillium Ensemble: Conversations


November 3 | 2:00 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Oakland)


November 4 | 2:00 pm

St. Maurice Church (2001 Ardmore Boulevard, Forest Hills)

$10 Adults/ $5 Children  – For tickets in advance email trilliumensmeble@gmail.com

Trillium Ensemble returns on November 3 and 4 to present Conversations, a program of music that explores the range of dialogue in music, whether friendly, contentious, clear or complicated.  This first concert in Trillium’s third season features music of Derek Bermel, John Adams, Robert Raines, Radiohead (arr. O’Riley), Richard Rodney Bennett and Adam Silverman.
For more information visit about the Trillium Ensemble visit www.trilliumensemble.com


October 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm Comments (0)


November 18, 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Music on the Edge may be starting the season a bit late this year with the first show set for November 18th, but New York’s critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble, Sequitur, should be worth the wait.

Sequitur got their start in New York City in 1996, and has been setting the bar for new music performances in New York ever since. They aim to speak directly to the audience, literally rather than figuratively, bringing their shows to intimate settings such as cabarets and clubs. Finding their true niche in the playhouse, Sequitur has been combining the media of music and theater, bringing elements of acting and dance into their shows since 1997. They have enjoyed a long association with Miller Theatre, where they have presented portrait concerts of George Crumb, George Rochberg with David Del Tredici, Luciano Berio with Giorgio Battistelli, and György Kurtág.

Sequitur has proven its versatility time and again with such varied projects as cabarets featuring the works of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler as well as concerts featuring the works of contemporary American composers such as Lee Hyla, Randall Wolf, and Mathew Rosenblum. Sequitur’s goal has always been “to identify new and fascinating music of all styles, from all parts of the world.” -Harold Meltzer, co-director.

Come and join us for Sequitur’s Pittsburgh show at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Sunday, November 18th at 7 p.m. The program will feature Amy Williams’ Cineshape 5, Mathew Rosenblum’s Maggies, Eric Moe’s Strenuous Pleasures, Variations on a Summer’s Day by Harold Meltzer, and also Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé to add a little romance to the evening.

Tickets are available online, at the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office, or by calling412-624-play (7529). Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15. Pitt students are free.

October 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm Comments (0)

Week of New Music, October 14–20

Watching the Stillers, streaming the Veep debate, and blogging new music in the Burgh. Hey! James Harrison just sacked Paul Ryan!

Great concerts coming up this week starting with the first installment on IonSound Project’s “Music for Humans and Robots,” a recital by Donna Amato and Warren Davidson featuring music of Carson Cooman, Johanna Ballou playing Rzewski, and the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble.

There’s a lot more coming soon from Alia Musica, ELCO, Music on the Edge and much more, so stay tuned.

October 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm Comments (0)

Johanna Ballou Plays Rzewski

October 19, 2012
8:00 pm

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
$10 at the door

Alia Musica will present pianist Johanna Ballou performing Rzewski’s De Profundis along with music by D.M. Gordon, T.J. Evans, and Federico Garcia.


Friday 10.19 8pm

October 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm Comments (0)

CMU Contemporary Ensemble

October 20, 2012
5:00 pm

Kresge Theatre

Details soon…

October 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm Comments (0)

Davidson and Amato Play Cooman

October 15, 2012
7:30 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Composer Carson Cooman will be on hand when Warren Davidson and D0nna Amato perform his Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano on October 15th in University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Davidson and Amato’s program will also include John Williams’ famous Theme from Schindler’s List, Beethoven’s Sonata in A major for piano and violin, Opus 12, #2, and Carlos Gardel’s Tango (Por una Cabeza).

October 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Project: Technologically Sound

October 14, 2012
7:30 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets at the door: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10 (12 and under, free admisison). Advance tickets $12 and $8. Call 412-422-8042.

IonSound Project’s 2012–13, “CreatION Sound: Music and Art for Humans and Robots,” presents dramatic and highly original collaborations between IonSound and two of Pittsburgh’s leading robotic artists. The first concert, Technologically Sound, will feature original work by artist Jeremy Boyle.  Composer Patrick Burke has been commissioned to write a new piece for this performance conceived specifically to coordinate with IonSound and Jeremy Boyle’s interactive robotic instruments. Find out more about CreatION Sound.

October 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm Comments (0)