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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
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