Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble closes out its 2014 season with a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire in combination with Kieren MacMillan’s Drunken Moon. The final installment in my series of video previews for the season features Kevin Noe and cellist Norbert Lewandowski in a very thoughtful discussion of why Pierrot continues to be such a compelling work and beyond that, how Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble seeks to contextualize contemporary music in order to facilitate deeper understanding and appreciation for the audience. The final concerts take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at City Theatre. Be sure to catch them.
The Roger Zahab composed opera scenes known as Happy Hour will continue to pop up around local watering holes on tonight (Thursday) and Friday, and you can see the complete set in performances at the Twentieth Century Club on Saturday and Sunday. Details are in this P-G article and here.
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season continues with the world premiere of a new commission by Ryan Anthony Francis for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. The program also includes Amy Williams’ First Lines for flute and piano and a song cycle by Christopher Cerrone, I will learn to love a person, featuring soprano Lindsey Kesselman. The concerts take place Friday and Saturday nights at City Theatre at 8 p.m. PNME’s new executive director Pamela Murchison and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum gave me a preview of this weekend’s program.
Nathalie Shaw will give a solo showcase performance as part of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 summer season. Her program will include both acoustic works by Alain Celo, David Stock, and Roger Zahab and electroacoustic works by French composer Sébastien Béranger and Mario Davidovsky. The concert takes place Wednesday, July 23 at City Theatre. Nathalie talked with me on PNME “media day” and here’s what she had to say about the program.
Here is a preview of week II of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season. Once again, I talked with Kevin Noe and Ian Rosenbaum about what we can look forward to for the next program which features a premiere by Ted Hearne, the winner of the most recent Harvey Gaul competition. The concerts take place on July 18 and 19 at City Theatre.
Your Summer New Music staycation is about to get started in earnest with the launch of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season. I met with members of PNME recently to hear their thoughts on the upcoming season and I’ll be sharing those conversations with you as the season progresses. The first installment features director Kevin Noe and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum on the first week’s program, titled “The Lost Traveler.” The program takes its name from Martin Bresnick’s composition, which is in turn derived from Williams Blake’s poem “To the Accuser Who is the God of this World.”
“Truly, my Satan, thou art but a Dunce,
And dost not know the Garment of the Man.
Every Harlot was a Virgin once,
Nor canst thou ever change Kate into Nan.
“Tho’ thou art Worship’d by the Names Divine
Of Jesus and Jehovah, thou are still
The Son of Morn in weary Night’s decline,
The lost Traveller’s Dream under the Hill.”
Happy Hour! takes you into the minds of average Pittsburghers as they contemplate, in musical fashion, a meet-up in a local bar. From first dates to break-ups, to drinks with the girls or guys’ night out, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has commissioned this series of “bar arias” (barias?), set to music by Roger Zahab, that will allow you to eavesdrop into the personal lives of the characters. Some will succeed, some may fail, but you’ll be guaranteed laughs, fun situations, and a unique way to experience opera. We’ll present the complete cycle of Happy Hour! at SummerFest, but we’ll also be performing individual arias—two or three at a time—at various Pittsburgh bars during happy hour throughout the months of June and July. We’ll try to let you know in advance where and when, but you’ll never quite know…until the person next to you at the bar breaks out into song!
“The wine that only eyes can drink…” ~ Albert Giraud
A heart-sick woman in a late-night dive thinks she’s met the man of her dreams—only to discover that the river of love
can be a dangerous place to swim.
SHE: Lindsay Kesselman
HE: Timothy Jones
Directed by Kevin Noe
Kieren MacMillan: Drunken Moon
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunair
Featuring a world premiere of a new commission by Ryan Anthony Francis for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. Of the newly composed work, Francis writes:
“There is a natural intimacy to the guitar. It is an instrument a that invites you to lean closer, to listen more carefully, to have a dialogue between performer and listener. Likewise, the interactions between the guitar and other instruments are—to me—best when they have a delicacy and transparency, gently highlighting contrasts of tambour and articulation that emerge through
Amy Williams: First Lines
Christopher Cerrone: I will learn to love a person
Ryan Francis: Album for Guitar