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The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds (Final Show April 28)

New Hazlett Theater

TICKETS NOW ON SALE at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/dybbuk or call (412)-392-4900   More information at the Festival’s website: www.pjmf.net



The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds is a multimedia chamber opera composed by Ofer Ben-Amots and inspired by the timeless Yiddish play of the same name.

A young woman, Leah, near-death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet.  She slowly realizes the sound is the spirit of her dead lover Hannan.  As the rest of the opera unfolds in flashback, she must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a Dybbuk: a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body.

The music intertwines folk elements with contemporary textures to create a haunting, self-contained world, while multiple video projections and dance combine to tell a powerful story of faith, mysticism, and passion between two ill-fated lovers.          “…transcendent” – Houston Arts Week

“The Dybbuk” is sung in Hebrew, with English supertitles.

The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds marks the 10th Anniversary production of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, an annual concert series devoted to improving cultural life for Pittsburgh’s Jewish and artistic communities at large.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/dybbuk or call (412)392-4900   More information at the Festival’s website: www.pjmf.net

April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am Comments (0)

Black Orchid String Trio

April 19, 2013
7:00 pm

The Space Upstairs
Free admission


The trio will premiere the works by spotlight compsers Alan Tormey, Ryan Stewart, Chris Massa, Adam Rook, and Ash Madni, as well as Elliott Carter’s ‘String Trio’. TSU is a loft space located above Construction Junction with entrance doors at the intersection of Thomas and Lexington. On street parking is available.

Helpful advice from BOST:

DO NOT PARK IN THE CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION PARKING LOT. CJ closes the gates and your vehicle may be locked into the lot, leading to much sadness post-concert. The Space Upstairs IS NOT handicap accessible.

April 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm Comments (0)

Animé Bop Presents Pittsburgh Composers

April 14, 2013
7:00 pm
L-R: Linda Fisher, bassoon; Robin Driscoll, oboe; Rob Frankenberry, piano

L-R: Linda Fisher, bassoon; Robin Driscoll, oboe; Rob Frankenberry, piano

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Animé BOP! will present a concert of recent works by composers with Pittsburgh roots. The program will include Nancy Galbraith’s Incantation & Allegro, James Ogburn’s Complements and Collisions, the premieres of eX (e to the x) by Mark S. Fromm, Semplicemente by Noah Rectenwald, and Robert Frankenberry’s arrangement of Daron Aric Hagen’s Tryst. Animé BOP! will also screen Will Zavala’s short film Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public while performing Philip Thompson’s score live.

Anime’ BOP! is the result of three colleagues exploring the exciting repertoire possibilities of piano and double reeds. The ensemble is devoted to performing a wide array of musical periods and styles, as well as discovering new compositions through arrangement and commissions. Its members are:

Bassoonist Linda Morton Fisher is currently principal with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Civic Light Opera, the Lancaster (OH) Festival Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony, as well as the instructor of bassoon at the University of Pittsburgh.

Oboist Robin Driscoll is principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet as well as with the Wheeling Symphony.  He appears throughout the United States as a soloist and has played with the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Driscoll is a member of the faculties of University of Pittsburgh and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Pianist Robert Frankenberry leads a multi-faceted career as a tenor, pianist, and conductor, performing regularly in Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. Robert is currently artistic administrator for the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the IonSound Project and Music on the Edge Chamber Ensemble.

April 9, 2013 at 8:26 am Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part II

In the second part of my conversation with Robert he talks about his solo recital (Thursday, April 4) and his concert with Alia Musica on Saturday, April 6  when he will perform his newly revised version of his 1986 Meristem. It’s fascinating to hear him talk about the flute as a “human powered synthesizer.”

April 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part I

The legendary Robert Dick is coming to Pittsburgh this week for two concerts with Alia Musica Pittsburgh. Robert was kind enough to Skype with me last week and I’ve posted the first of two parts of that interview below. Robert says many wonderful things in the course of our conversation, but what you really want to know is: how does one accurately shoot projectiles from the flute? Yes, you will find out.

April 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm Comments (0)