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VIA Festival 2014

October 1, 2014 12:00 amtoOctober 5, 2014 12:00 am

The multimedia festival starts tomorrow. Happening pretty much everywhere in Pittsburgh for the next five days. There is too much to summarize, so just check this out.

September 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm Comments (0)


You still have a few hours to register for PNME’s free ArtDOG Salon taking place at CMU’s Alumni Hall on Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. You do need to register by the end of the day today (Sept. 30). Details are here, but just in case clicking on links makes you extra tired, the event will include a world premiere arrangement, featuring youled by PNME’s new Director of Education Jennie Dorris, Lindsey Goodman performing works by Pittsburgh composers Eric Moe and Roger Dannenberg, and a performance by Linda Kernohan (aka Ms. Music Nerd) and new PNME Board member. Also, dessert!

You can register at the link above (I know, it’s so tiring to click…) or you can contact PNME director Pam Murchison at 412-316-5s71 or pamurchison@gmail.com.

September 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm Comments (0)

Meridian Arts Ensemble

October 3, 2014
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Music on the Edge is excited to open its 2014–15 season with Meridian Arts Ensemble. If you’ve been coming to MOTE concerts for a while, you may realize that this is the first brass ensemble on the series in years, quite the occasion! With nine critically-acclaimed commercial CDs, over fifty premieres, and performances on four continents and in forty-nine states under their belts, Meridian is America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Meridian’s exciting and ambitious musical approach has changed the face of brass chamber music; most notably by adding a percussionist to the mix, but also by pioneering new music in the brass ensemble repertoire. The ensemble is comprised of Jon Nelson (trumpet), Tim Leopold (trumpet), Daniel Grabois (horn), Benjamin Herrington (trombone), Raymond Stewart (tuba), and John Ferrari (drums).

Meridian’s October program will showcase works by Andrew Rindfleisch, including In the Zone and Four Fanfares for Two Trumpets, along with his arrangements of music by Stephen Foster (Ring de Banjo), James Thornton (When You Were Sweet Sixteen) and Walter Kollo (Warte, Warte nur ein Weilchen). A leading composer of his generation, Andrew Rindfleisch has produced dozens of works for the concert hall, including solo, chamber, vocal, choral, orchestral, and wind music. His committed interest in other forms of music-making have also led him to the composition and performance of jazz and related forms of improvisation. Rindfleisch will be attending the performance and available to answer questions about his compositions afterwards. Meridian will also perform Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ JB Clips, David Felder’s Canzone XXXI, and Renaissance master Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare no. 2.

Meridian performs on Friday, October 3, 8 p.m. at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. For Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt students are admitted free with valid ID.

For more on MOTE’s 2014-15 season, check out the season here or like us on facebook. 

September 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm Comments (0)

PSO Plays Bate’s Rusty Air in Carolina

September 19, 2014
7:30 pm
September 20, 2014
7:30 pm
September 21, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Pittsburgh Symphony will present Mason Bates as the 2014-15 Composer of the Year. The orchestra will perform Bate’s Rusty Air in Carolina  as part of it’s second BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend in a program that features Valentina Lisitsa on piano (Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini) and Berliozz’ Symphonie Fantastique.


Smith: Star Spangled Banner
Bates: Rusty Air in Carolina (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43
Bach: Suite No. 3: Air (Air on the G String)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14

September 7, 2014 at 11:49 am Comments (0)