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PNME Wednesday Showcase Series: Nathalie Shaw, Violin

July 23, 2014
7:30 pm

City Theatre

Works include:

Alain Celo: Âme Errante (Wandering Soul)
David Stock : Chameleon
Sébastien Béranger: E(c)roulement
Roger Zahab : Summer Phrases
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9
Kevin Puts: Arches

June 30, 2014 at 10:51 am Comments (0)

PNME Concert 2: The Cage Variations

July 18, 2014
8:00 pm
July 19, 2014
8:00 pm

City Theatre

The Cage Variations is a newly commissioned work from Ted Hearne constructed entirely from shards of music from contemporary American composers. Hearne melds, morphs and steals music from pre-existing works to create twelve variations on Charles Ives’ philosophical and hypnotic song “The Cage.” This colorful and prismatic program also includes each of the sampled works, in whole or in part, in its original form.

Works include:
Ted Hearne: The Cage Variations
Anna Clyne: Rapture
Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Ted Hearne: Furtive Movements
Robert Honstein: Burst (from An Index of Possibility)
Molly Joyce: Blue Swell
Amy Beth Kirsten: Pirouette on a Moon Sliver
Alex Mincek: For Petr Kotik
Philip White: Interlude
Daniel Wohl: Fluctuations (from Corps Exquis)
Scott Wollschleger: Secret Machines No. 2 and 3
Scott Wollschleger: I Is Not Me

With Timothy Jones, Baritone.

June 30, 2014 at 10:16 am Comments (0)

Opera Theater Workshops A New Kind of Fallout

July 22, 2014
7:30 pm

Beaux Arts Ballroom
at the Twentieth Century Club

Admission is free. Advanced ticket required.

See the workshop for Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan's new opera.

See the workshop for Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan’s new opera.

With A New Kind of Fallout (working title), SummerFest offers you a wonderful opportunity to see a new opera in its early stage. With music by noted composer Gilda Lyons (Night Caps: Moonlight Suite from 2012) and a libretto by Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan (A Soldier’s Heart, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods), A New Kind of Fallout is an evening-length work touching on the life of Rachel Carson, the Pittsburgh-trained scientist and author whose seminal 1962 work, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement in the United States. We’ll present a workshop performance of the work, with feedback sessions with the composer, librettist, and director as part of the opera’s ongoing development for a world premiere at SummerFest 2015.

Support for the development of A New Kind of Fallout is provided by the following funds of The Pittsburgh Foundation: the James H. Beal Fund, the George and Anna Neider Fun, the Helen Mason Moore Fund, and the Gail N. Platt Arts Fund.

Additional support for the development of A New Kind of Fallout is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


June 23, 2014 at 11:47 am Comments (0)

David Cutler with Project Piñata

July 17, 2014
7:30 pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Project Piñata

Project Piñata


Chamber Music Pittsburgh continues its “Just Summer” series with David Cutler and Project Piñata. Cutler will be familiar to many Pittsburgh concert goers from his time on the faculty at Duquesne University. He now teachers music entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About “Swinging with a Blindfold”:
Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, Nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, Schumann tunes, progressive rock, Radiohead, and boogie…How might you experience this incredible feast of styles? Well, you could tour the world with a pocket musicologist. Or join pianist, composer, and “weekend traveler” David Cutler with Project Piñata for a virtuosic, genre-hopping, wild ride across the musical globe.

About David Cutler:
David Cutler is a pianist and composer equally comfortable with classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world musics. As a frequent performer with artists like Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and Indian kathak dancer Cynthia Ling Lee, he stretches what it means to be a musical collaborator: interacting with audiences, incorporating choreography, playing secondary instruments. His eclectic compositional output has been commissioned by artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

One of the world’s leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, Dr. Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician helps musicians build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About Project Piñata:
Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums). As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.” For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler.

June 19, 2014 at 11:55 am Comments (0)

PNME Concert 1: The Lost Traveler

July 11, 2014
8:00 pm
July 12, 2014
8:00 pm

City Theatre

The first breath of life and sense of “self” is an awe inspiring moment. It may be our most intimate, pure memory – one perhaps impossible to access consciously. The journey that follows through adulthood and eventually to an inevitable return to a childlike state is a loop that has been repeating longer than any of us can comprehend. The voyage is filled with both wonder… and distraction. Whether by choice or through forced re-birth, The Lost Traveler is, in part, about wresting oneself from all delusion in search of the true self once again.

Works include:
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds (A)
Kevin Puts: Living Frescoes
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds (B)
Martin Bresnick: The Lost Traveler
Vinko Globokar: ?Corporel

June 19, 2014 at 11:40 am Comments (0)

Interview with ETHEL’s Ralph Farris

Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s “Just Summer” series gets started off with a performance by ETHEL in a program they have titled “Grace.” I recently had the opportunity to Skype with ETHEL violist and founding member Ralph Farris about ETHEL and what makes them unique, the program, and encouraging performers to be more engaged in the creative aspect of their art. Check out the conversation below and come hear ETHEL at the Kelly Strayhorn this Thursday night.

June 16, 2014 at 10:06 am Comments (0)