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Haleh Abghari and Lisa Pegher

February 16, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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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
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