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Kevin Noe and Chris McGlumphy are stepping down from Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Read about it here.


July 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm Comments (0)

Woot II: Return of Woot

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s WESA’s interview with Black Orchid String Trio. Lot’s of well-deserved attention for local new music groups of late. And don’t forget week three of PNME’s season tonight and Saturday with music by Pierre Jalbert, Kieren MacMillan, and more.

July 26, 2013 at 9:05 am Comments (0)


Congratulations to Federico Garcia and Alia Music who will launch a one-day new music festival sometime around Memorial Day 2014. According to the Post-Gazette,

“The performance will happen over one day, at a supermarket, a park, a bank. It is one show, but the audience members will change throughout the day, depending on who happens to be grocery shopping or depositing checks at any given moment. One scene will take place at night, in a bar.”

The innovative festival will include two operas: Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives and John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, a piece including 99 percussionists that will be performed in Frick Park. Performers will also include the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and NYC’s Varispeed Collective.

The festival will be made possible by a $35,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments.

Stayed tuned for more details right in this space.

July 25, 2013 at 8:48 am Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. Kickstarts Beck’s Song Reader

In case you haven’t heard, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a performance of Beck’s The Song Reader at Grey Box Theater in Lawrenceville. Check out their Kickstarter page to find out more about the project and please consider supporting this innovative music group.

July 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm Comments (0)

Back Orchid String Trio at Rodef Shalom

July 17, 2013
7:30 pm

Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom


Black Orchid String Trio performs works by their “Spotlight Composers” Chris Massa, Adam Rook, and Ryan Stewart as well as music by Judith Weir and Krzysztof Penderecki.

July 16, 2013 at 11:12 am Comments (0)

Your Ultimate New Music Staycation!

Maybe it’s the price of gas, maybe it’s Pittsburgh’s growing cachet as a Global Destination City (GDC), or maybe it’s the tantalizing prospect of a winning baseball season. But whatever the reason, y’nz are stayin’ around the Burgh or coming to visit, and the good news is that there is no lack of innovative music to take in while you’re (still) here.

Your new music staycation starts tonight with the lastest installment of the new Crucible Sound series and the first of two performances of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow by Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. FYI, both performances of Shining Brow are nearly sold out, so now’s the time to move on that.

On Friday Saturday night Ravish Momin’s Tarana performs at the Wood Street Gallery, and did I mention that Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is back in town and ready to launch their new season? Everything’s on the events calendar in more detail, so do give it a look.

Speaking of the events calendar, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting all events directly to the main page recently. the downside is that events no longer automatically post in chronological order in the body of the blog, but they still do appear chronologically in the events widget in the right column, so if there’s any confusion, that’s also a good way to get to the info. Hope you like the new look.

July 11, 2013 at 11:08 am Comments (0)

Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh Presents Shining Brow

July 8, 2013
4:00 pm
July 11, 2013
7:30 pm

Beaux Arts Ballroom
, Fourth Floor, The Twentieth Century Club

Tickets: $20-$40


Music by Daron Hagen
Words by Paul Muldoon

Frank Lloyd Wright looms as an iconic presence in American architecture, by virtue of his extraordinary creativity and larger-than-life ego. Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow reveals the inner landscape of Wright’s heart through a tragic love affair with the wife of a client. Shining Brow is at once intimate and universal.

Hailed as “one of the most important American operas of the past decade,” Shining Brow (1993) appears in a newly-revised version created by the composer especially for SummerFest.

Directed by Jonathan Eaton
Conducted by Robert Frankenberry

Kevin Kees as Frank Lloyd Wright
Lara Lynn Cottrill as Mamah Cheney
James Flora as Louis Sullivan
Dimitrie Lazich as Edwin Cheney
Kara Cornell as Catherine Wright
Anna McTiernan as the Maid

July 8, 2013 at 11:27 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2013, Concert 1

July 12, 2013
8:00 pm
July 13, 2013
8:00 pm

City Theatre

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble launches its 2013 season this weeks with music by Lang, Crumb, and Adams. Come on over to the City Theatre and check it out.

Table Of Contents, 
David Lang

Music For A Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), 
George Crumb

Hallelujah Junction, 
John Adams

July 8, 2013 at 11:01 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2013, Concert 2

July 19, 2013
8:00 pm
July 20, 2013
8:00 pm

City Theatre

PNME’s second concert of the 2013 season continues with a concert featuring a brand new work by Mathew Rosenblum.

Crashing Through Fences, 
Timothy Andres

Piano Trio, 
Pierre Jalbert

Falling,  World Premiere PNME & Barlow Commission, Mathew Rosenblum

July 8, 2013 at 10:55 am Comments (0)

PNME Special: The Electroacoustic Flutist Featuring Lindsey Goodman

July 24, 2013
8:00 pm

City Theatre

Lindsey Goodman is revered int he new music community for her flawless performances and commissioning of groundbreaking works for flute and electroacoustics. She presents a wide-ranging exploration of this exciting repertoire for this PNME special performance.

I Will Not Be Sad In This World, 
Eve Beglarian

 Jeffrey Nytch/Jessica Hand

Other Voices,
 Grant Cooper

Among Fireflies,
 Elainie Lilios

The Road From Hana,
 Rob Deemer

Fan Favorite Work, TBA

July 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm Comments (0)

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