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Faigen and Billock Perform Shultz and Lutoslawski

February 9, 2013
3:00 pm

Kresge Theatre
Tickets: $15/$5 (Free for SSWP members)


Duo pianists Tina Faigen and Becky Billock will perform music by Robert Shultz, Witold Lutoslawski, and Sergei Rachmaninoff in a concert for the Steinway Society of Western PA. The program will encompass Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Schultz’s Three Episodes for 4 Hands – 1 piano. The duo will round out their program with both Rachmaninoff’s Suites for Two Pianos. Find out more about Tina Faigen and Becky Billock.

January 30, 2013 at 8:55 am Comments (0)

CreatIONSound: Music and Art for Humans and Robots II

March 9, 2013
7:00 pm
7:00 pm

Bellefeidl Hall Auditorium
Tickets in advance: General admision is $12; students and seniors, are $8. Call 412-422-8042 for advance tickets.
At the door: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. Children 12 and under admitted free.


The second installment of CreatION Sound will take place on Saturday March 9th, 7:00 pm at Bellefield Hall Auditorium.  Android Ballet will showcase Garth Zeglin’s kinetic fabric sculpture. IonSound will accompany original robot choreography with a world premiere performance of a commissioned piece by Pittsburgh composer Phil Thompson.  This concert is also the culmination of a series of educational workshops with the Falk and Waldorf schools, and will involve student performers and their created instruments and compositions.


January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm Comments (0)


February 19, 2013
5:30 pm

Google, Bakery Square
Free, RSVP by February 15


Join PNME Artistic Director Kevin Noe, violinist Nathalie Shaw, and flutist Lindsey Goodman for this special performance at the intersection of virtuosity and technology. This is a unique opportunity to experience live music, delicious refreshments, and good times with your friends from PNME in one of the City’s most amazing buildings, Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters.

Space is limited. RSVP using the linked formby noon on Friday, February 15, 2013. A reservation is required! You will be unable to enter the building without one.


  • Steve Ricks – Beyond the Zero for violin and electronics
  • Russell Pinkston – Lizamander for flute and electronics
  • Randall Woolf – Quicksilver for flute and violin
January 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. at the Gallery Crawl

January 25, 2013
6:15 pmto9:00 pm

The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) will be appearing at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl this Friday, January 25th. E.L.C.O is a grassroots ensemble of emerging musicians dedicated to presenting new music, new interpretations of the standard classical repertoire, and transcriptions of pop and rock songs. True to form, E.L.C.O. will be presenting a varied program, including two songs from singer-songwriter Beck’s recent sheet music-only release, “The Song Reader,” a song by German cabaret master Kurt Weill, and a work by minimalist pioneer Frederic Rzewski.  The two Beck songs, Saint Dude (take a listen in the video above) and Old Shanghai will feature singer Anna Elder. The Kurt Weill selection, “Surabaya Johnny” features singer Rebecca Covert.  The Rzewski piece, Les moutons de Panurge is a classic of the early minimalist movement that explores ideas of freedom and individuality within a context of collaboration.

You’ll find E.L.C.O on the fourth floor of the Trust Arts Education Center at 6:15, 7:15 or 8:15 p.m. For more info on the Gallery Crawl, check out the schedule here.

January 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm Comments (0)

CAPA Antithesis and CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm
CAPA’s Cabaret Theatre
111 9th St

CAPA Antithesis, the new-music ensemble of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, presents its winter concert, under the direction of Alia Musica member (and CAPA teacher) Lenny Young. This concert will also see the debut of a brand new music group, CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, under the direction of composer Alec Summers. Music includes original works by the directors and students, plus pieces by Charles Mingus, Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Tom Johnson and local composer Dave Bernabo.


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January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm Comments (0)

Haleh Abghari and Lisa Pegher

February 16, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


Music on the Edge is excited to begin 2013 with a duo recital starring two musicians of extreme talent.  Soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher will share a program at The Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday February 16th.  Haleh Abghari will perform solo vocal works by John Cage, György Kurtág’s József Attila-Töredékek (Attila József Fragments) for solo soprano, and selections from Récitations pour voix seule (Recitations for Solo Voice) by Georges Aperghis. Lisa Pegher will premiere Patrick Burke’s Saturn Girls, Mathew Rosenblum’s Northern Flicker, and her own composition titled Liquefaction. Pegher’s portion of the program will also include works by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan, and Andrew Knox.

Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran who now makes her home in New York City. She has performed as a singer, actress, and voice-over artist in the U.S., Canada and Europe to critical acclaim. Among her many operatic and solo appearances in recent years, Abghari has earned critical acclaim as the only woman to perform the title role in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Music Web International has described her performance, “Ms. Abghari…combines confident technique with unfettered inhibitions….One could only watch in amazement at her vocal colors: low, guttural growls leading to the occasional shriek, before colliding with genuine singing, occasionally plummeting to the timbre of a small girl. Sexual desire collided with fear, anxiety with sarcasm, and allure with indifference. It was one of those riveting evenings that fans will recall for years to come, and the immediate standing ovation told the rest of the story.” In addition to working with numerous living composers, Abghari has collaborated on a number of projects and site-specific installation-performances with visual and performance artists such as The Voice of the Soul by Remo Spado. Abghari is a firm believer in making a difference through her art and spends her off time practicing political activism.  She is proud to be an original member of Mouths Wide Open (MWO), an ad hoc group of volunteers dedicated to promoting active citizenship, civic dialogue, and finding new forms of political expression through the arts.

Pittsburgh native Lisa Pegher has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation.  Described by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocate as “a gifted passionate artist, with a rock-star aura,” Pegher has performed with many fine orchestras across the globe and has also recently performed with the Grand Junction Orchestra in Colorado playing Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Percussion. She gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Brotrøm’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra in August 2010 and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and Kenneth Koon. Pegher is a great advocate of new music, and commissions and premieres many new works, carving a new path for percussion as a solo instrument. In the words of Symphony Magazine, she is “blazing a particularly rough, un-trodden trail.” Currently, Pegher is performing her own multi-media project called Minimal Art, which incorporates digital animation design, computer electronics and improvisation.

Don’t miss your chance to see this extremely talented duo perform this February at the Warhol. Tickets are available online or by calling 412-624-7529, or at the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday. Remember, tickets in advance are $5 less than tickets at the door, so don’t wait! 

January 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm Comments (0)

PCMS Hosts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

January 29, 2013
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Winds + Piano program will feature such renowned artists as Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Tara Helen O’Connor (flute), David Shifrin (clarinet), Stephen Taylor (oboe), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), and William Purvis (horn).  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, Op. 43

Rustiques for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon

La cheminée du roi René, Suite for Wind Quintet, Op. 205

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452

January 16, 2013 at 8:32 am Comments (0)

AMP Presents Freya and Arabesque


Like most of you, I am shocked — shocked I say! — that today is Friday, and though I am a huge fan of the three day work week, I must share with you this startling fact: Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s concert featuring Freya String Quartet and the the Arabesque Winds is only two days away! Two days! It’s a great program that will present works by your favorite Alia Musica composers along with some modern classics by Martinu and Ligeti. The concert is taking place at Chatham University at 7 pm in James Laughlin Center for Music. Tickets are available from Showclix (as well they should be). Here’s the complete info.

None of which is even the best part. As many of you already know, Federico Garcia, director of Alia Musica, was in an automobile accident over the holiday, which required life flight and neck surgery. But I’m happy to say that Federico is healing well and will be at the concert on Sunday. So do make it out if possible and be sure to mention to Federico how glad you are that he is on the mend.

January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents Freya Quartet and Arabesque Winds

January 6, 2013
7:00 pm

Chatham University, James Laughlin Recital Hall


Alia Musica Pittsburgh presents nationally touring Arabesque Winds and Pittsburgh’s own Freya String Quartet. Both groups team up to perform works by Alia Musica member composers, along with classics by Gyorgy Ligeti and Bohuslav Martinu.


Bohuslav Martinu — Nonet (violin, viola and bass plus woodwind quintet)
Federico Garcia — Nocturne (string quartet)
Matt Heap — Neo (string quartet)
Ivan Jimenez — lunar park and green (oboe and bassoon plus string quartet)
Lenny Young — Augury (woodwind quintet)
Gyorgy Ligeti — Sechs Bagatellen (woodwind quintet)


January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm Comments (0)