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ICYMI, Charles Ives Take Me Home


In case you missed it, City Theatre is running a very unique play through December 15, Charles Ives Take Me Home. I certainly can’t think of any other plays that feature the iconic iconoclast of American modernism as a main character and so Jessica Dickey’s play gets points for originality right from the start. The play delves into the relationship between a father who is devoted to music and a daughter who is devoted to basketball, with the figure of Ives as mediator who embodies passion about for both athletics and sports. With his well documented love for the game of baseball and his body of work, that sounds as original today as it did when he wrote it, Ives seems like the perfect choice for this dramatic conceit.

Charles Ives Take Me Home is playing at City Theatre through December 15. Go on over to the South Side and check it out.

November 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm Comments (0)

Amy Williams Solo Piano Recital

November 16, 2013
3:00 pm

Chatham University James Laughlin Music Center



Amy Williams is well known as an award-winning composer and one half of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, so it may come as a surprise that she is giving a solo piano recital in Pittsburgh for the first time this Saturday. The one-hour program of contemporary American music will include works by Eric Moe, Roger Zahab, Rzewski, Foss, Cage, Nancarrow, Stravinsky, herself and others.

November 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm Comments (0)

Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble: Like Clockwork

November 12, 2013
7:30 pm

Duquesne University Pappert Center 
Admission: Free

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Eliseo Rael leads the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble will give the Pittsburgh premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s 2012 composition Like Clockwork. As the Pittsburgh Symphony’s composer of the year from 2005-2006 Higdon’s percussion writing is well know for it’s innovative and exciting style. Also on the program are the works of Baljinder Sekohn, Michael Colgrass, Jack Stamp. and John Psathas.

And listen to Jim Cunningham’s interview with the Duquesne Percussion Ensemble.


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November 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm Comments (0)

PSO Gives American Premiere of New Balada Symphony

November 8, 2013
8:00 pm
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8:00 pm
November 10, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Balada_leonardoThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues its celebration of Pittsburgh composers with the American premiere of CMU faculty composer Leonardo Balada’s Symphony No. 6 Symphony of Sorrows. The work was commissioned by the Barcelona Symphony which also gave the premiere in 2006. A native of Spain, Balada wrote Symphony of Sorrows to evoke and memorialize the tragedies of the Spanish Civil. The program also includes Scheherazade and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D.

Find out more about Leonardo Balada and his Sixth Symphony.

November 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm Comments (0)

Crucible Sound #7

November 7, 2013
8:00 pm

Modern Formations Gallery
Doors at 7:30, $7 suggested donation

A quick note to help get out the word that Crucible Sound #7 is happening tonight at Modern Formations. The lineup includes David Bernabo, guitar; Edgar Um Bucholz, coronet and trash;  J. Wayne Clinton, synthesizer, homemade instruments; Han-Earl Park, guitar; and Lenny Young, oboe. They’ll be improvising in ad-hoc groups throughout the evening. Check it out.

November 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Project: Eyes on Sound

November 10, 2013
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Tickets: general admission $15; students and seniors $10.
Advance tickets are $12 and $8.
Call 412-422-8042. Children under 12 free.


IonSound Project’s 2013–14 Season is titled “FEEDBACK:  LIVE ART, LIVE MUSIC,  AND YOUR THOUGHTS.”  The innovative ensemble investigates where art and instant communication intersect this season, presenting a two concert series featuring exciting new collaborations. The first of these two concerts, “Eyes on Sound” will take place on Sunday November 10th, 7:00 pm at University of Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium.  Painter Joseph Dermody will join IonSound on stage to engage in live painting inspired by a new arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes for violin and piano, and Gilda Lyons’ Chrysalis.  Also on the program is Michael Nyman’s entrancing Yellow Beach.  Additional examples of Mr. Dermody’s work will be on display in the lobby and in the hall, and plans to auction the paintings created that evening are in the works.

November 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O Hosts Cage Open Reading Session

November 9, 2013
12:30 pmto2:30 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Have you ever wanted to have the experience of playing John Cage’s large ensemble pieces? Well, you’ll have your chance this weekend at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall. Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra will host an open reading session of large-ensemble pieces by John Cage, including the massive 101. This is at a slightly odd time  (12:30–2 p.m.) because it’s part of the American Musicological Society’s meeting in Pittsburgh, and academic conferences have very packed schedules, but it’ll make for a great afternoon diversion. Anyone playing an orchestral instrument is encouraged to participate! Bring instruments and invite friends, students, and colleagues! You know you want to.

November 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)