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Trillium Ensemble presents Autumn Rhythms

November 9, 2013 7:30pm Frick Fine Arts Auditorium $10 adults / $5 children

November 9, 2013 7:30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
$10 adults / $5 children

Trillium Ensemble kicks off its fourth season with Autumn Rhythms at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Saturday, November  9, 2013 at 7:30pm. Trillium Ensemble’s new flutist, Elise DePasquale, makes her debut with the group, performing trios by Maria Grenfell, Paul Schoenfield, Jennifer Higdon, and flute solo Air by Takemitsu. Trillium Ensemble will also premiere Whimsy #1 by Matthew Heap, which weaves together many familiar tunes in a self-described “childhood quilt.”

Jackson Pollock’s work Autumn Rhythms inspired Trillium Ensemble to tie art and music together and invite the  audience to participate. The audience will receive a few art supplies to use during the performance. The trio will encourage the audience to express the performance visually, and connect to the music in a tangible way.

Elise DePasquale takes center stage to perform Air by Toru Takemitsu, the last published work by the Japanese composer (1995). Takemitsu creates a unique soundscape with his use of several extended techniques and melodic lines that alternate from fast and energetic sixteenth notes to long notes which fade away into nothing. These written silences are Takemitsu’s expression of “Ma” – a Japanese concept defined as open space, a gap, or a pause. DePasquale’s musical mastery is displayed in this hauntingly beautiful solo.

Rachael Stutzman performs Joan Tower’s Wings, a piece that explores the wide range and flexibility of the bass clarinet. Tower imagines a large bird flying high, gliding at times, looping and diving at other times. Wings opens softly and slowly,  gains momentum and surges upwards, and ends with a dramatic, almost heavenly ascent.

Paul Schoenfeld’s virtuosic Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano closes the concert. The Carnegie Mellon University alum composed the piece for close friends, Sam and Thelma Hunter’s 50th anniversary. The personalities of the couple are represented with a Charleston and a Jig, accompanied by Schoenfeld’s signature  “classical” rag, displaying pianist, Katie Palumbo’s dexterity on the keyboard.

Trillium Ensemble presents quality musical performances while creating a fun, accessible experience for audiences of all ages. Founded in 2010, Trillium has performed in venues throughout the Pittsburgh region, and has commissioned works by a number of young professional composers in the area. Email trillium.ensemble@gmail.com to reserve tickets!

Trillium Ensemble presents Autumn Rhythms
Saturday, November  9, 2013   7:30 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland, 15260)
$10 adults / $5 children (cash at the door)

Maria Grenfell, Poems of a Bright Moon
Joan Tower, Wings
Matthew Heap, Whimsy #1
Jennifer Hidgon, Dash
Toru Takemitsu, Air
Paul Schoenfeld, Sontatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

Trillium Ensemble
Elise DePasquale, flute
Katie Palumbo, piano
Rachael Stutzman, clarinet



October 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm Comments (0)

Persian Music Festival

October 17, 2013
1:30 pm
8:00 pm
October 19, 2013
10:00 am
8:00 pm

This October, the Center for Iranian Music, directed by composer Reza Vali, is hosting its first Persian Music Festival. Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 19, the CFIM will highlight Iranian music and culture through performances and lectures. Please find the full schedule below.

To purchase tickets, please contact Bijan Elyaderani: Tel: (724) 799-2067; E-mail: m_elyaderani@yahoo.com.

Thursday, Oct. 17:

  • 1:30PM, Kresge Recital Hall, “A Concert of Contemporary Music of Iran.” FREE Admission.  Cyrus Forough, violin; Evan Kahn, cello; Sung-Im Kim, piano
  • 8:00PM, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, “Contemporary Music of Iran.” FREE Admission.Lecture by Reza Vali.

Friday, Oct. 18:

  • **8:00PM, Kresge Recital Hall, “Dialogue of Ancient Civilizations: A Concert of Persian and Chinese Hammer Dulcimers.” Tickets: $20-$35, students $10.  Dariush Saghafi, Persian Santoor; Jahangir Sichani, Tombak; Mimi Jong, Erhu; The Bamboo Breeze Ensemble (Xiannian Xiao, Yanqin, Julie Tay, Chinese drums).

Saturday, Oct. 19:

  • **10:00AM, Alumni Concert Hall, “A Workshop of Persian and Chinese Music.” FREE Admission. Dariush Saghafi, Persian Santoor; The Bamboo Breeze Ensemble (Xiannian Xiao, Julie Tay); Yanqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer), and other Chinese instruments.
  • 8:00PM, Mellon Institute Auditorium, “Women of Persian Music: A Concert of Persian Traditional Music.” Tickets: $20-$35, students $10. Sepideh Raissadat, Setâr and vocals, and Naghmeh Farahmand, Tombak, Dáf.

**These two events are co-sponsored by the Silk Screen Arts and Cultural Organization.  For more information about the Silk Screen Arts and Cultural Organization, please visit: www.silkscreenfestival.org.

October 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm Comments (0)

Cathedral Concerts Presents Alia Musica, Premieres by Aelmore and Brooks

October 20, 2013
7:00 pm

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Admission is free. A freewill offering will be accepted.

The third season of Cathedral Concerts opens with Pittsburgh’s Alia Musica in Concert, led by Artistic Director (and Hope Academy Teaching Artist) Federico Garcia. The concert will feature the premieres of  Aaron Brooks’s tempo chorale and tune (flute, clarinet, percussion, string trio) and Matt Aelmore’s east liberty (organ, two vibraphones). The program also includes Ramteen Sazegari’s moment (flute, violin, viola), Nissim Schaul’s shadow under the hot sun (soprano, organ, string trio), Kerrith Livengood’s eight ball bearings (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion), Krzystof Penderecki’ clarinet quintet (clarinet, string quartet).

October 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm Comments (0)

Freya String Quartet: Fresh Voices

October 11, 2013
8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Shadyside


FSQ plays works by young, up and coming composers. Includes Pittsburgh premieres by Hong-Da Chin, Matthew Peterson, Elizabeth Kowalski, Chung Eun Kim, and Zachary Albrecht.

October 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm Comments (0)

Classical Revolution Pittsburgh presents Steampunk

October 8, 2013
7:30 pm

The Inn
Admission is Free (Donations are Welcome)
Pours from Hop Farm Brewing Company

Dave Anderson: Quintet for violin, viola, bass, oboe, and clarinet
Carl Nielsen: Sereanata en Vano
David Bruce: Steampunk for Octet

Classical Revolution Pittsburgh kicks off the fall season with a program featuring recent works by David Anderson and David Bruce along with music by Carl Nielsen. David Anderson’s Quintet is written for the same instrumentation as the Prokofiev Oboe quintet (performed by Classical Revolution Pittsburgh in 2011). Dave is a colleague and friend of ours from New Orleans. Much like Dave, his piece combines elements of funk, jazz, and a little Shostakovich. Carl Nielsen wrote this short serenade in 1914, right before starting composition on his 4th symphony. Primarily known as a symphonic composer, Nielsen takes a charming and humorous look at unrequited chivalry. David Bruce completed Steampunk 2010 after a friend showed him several handmade instruments inspired by the Steampunk movement. Originally a science fiction genre, Steampunk has become an entire sub-culture of fashion and design. Written for an octet of winds, brass, and strings this piece takes us through an alternate history of sound, color, rhythm, and melody.

About our Venue: Since 2011, The Inn has evolved from a short-term project space into a permanent 3,500 square-foot, experience-driven fine arts venue with a unique model of hands-on creative production. We combine a traditional model of rotating exhibitions with performances, events, and new media programming.

Before, during and after our performance enjoy “Dos Solos”, a new exhibition at the Inn as part of their Emerging Artist series, featuring the works of Alex Hamrick and Gianna Paniagua.
more information at www.collegeinnprojects.com

The mission of Classical Revolution is to present live chamber music involving both traditional and modern approaches to the art form while engaging a broad and diverse community by offering these performances at low or no cost in highly accessible venues, such as cafes and bars. By taking chamber music out of the recital hall and making it more accessible to an audience who would not otherwise hear such music live, we hope a broader public will appreciate chamber music’s relevance. Thus, we hope to weave this music into a cultural landscape presently populated by more mainstream forms of musical entertainment.

October 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm Comments (0)