Join the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra’s musical renegades on a journey to the outer limits of sound as they discover the alien harmonies hidden amongst the echoes! The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra presents their latest concoction, “In a Large Reverberant Space.” Here, the performance venue of the Union Project’s Great Hall becomes an active part of the concert itself, enveloping the audience in an aura of sound. “In A Large Reverberant Space” pairs the music of American experimentalists Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney with E.L.C.O.’s signature art-pop selections, including new arrangements of Radiohead and melancholy bard Nick Drake. The evening also includes the premiere of Alan Tormey’s American Idyll, previewed at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music.
E.L.C.O. is a grassroots collective of young professional orchestral musicians that explores connections between diverse musical genres and traditions by promoting a broad range of repertoire that includes modern classical music, new interpretations of older classical works, and original arrangements of rock and pop compositions.
Tickets are available in advance for $10 apiece at elcopgh.org and sold at the door the evening of the concert for $15 general admission and $5 for students. Visit elcopgh.org for more information.
Friday, May 22, 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 8pm
Sunday, May 24, 2pm
Eve Apart is a new multi-media musical production that plumbs the era of Lilith and Lucifer and reimagines the Genesis story. Each act explores layered and primal themes of feminine power, infusing them with a stark and modern relevance.
Working on the original libretto by Pittsburgh writer Kip Soteres, composer Tim Hinck interweaves influences from prehistoric rhythms to lush neo-impressionism to high-tech, futuristic tones and ambient electronica. For the premiere tour, conductor Federico Garcia-De Castro leads a cast of Chattanooga and Pittsburgh performers and singers, featuring soprano Desiree Soteres, in performances in both cities.
Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “the Sound of The Modern Symphony” this weekend (May 15, 17). Conductor Michael Francis will lead the Pittsburgh premiere of PSO Composer of the Year mason Bate’s Alternative Energy for Orchestra and Electronica and the World Premiere of the PSO-commissioned The Work at Handby Jake Heggie. Heggie’s double concerto was commissioned by the PSO for principal cellist Anne-Martindale Williams and mezzo-soprano. Vocal duties will fall to Jaime Barton in her PSO debut. Rounding out the program is Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.
Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot is “imaginative… surreal… oddly compelling”. (Wholenote Magazine)Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano was named one of DownBeat Magazine’s top innovative trumpeters for the future and was recently called “one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years” (Point of Departure). Lina’s newest Toronto-based project, Titanium Riot, is an accidentally-psychedelicimprovising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic. Called “uncompromisingly explorative” by Europe’s experimental music journal Tokafi,the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow. TitaniumRiot’s debut album, Kiss the Brain, was released October 2014 to rave reviews. The band tours USA in May 2015. Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, Kiss The Brain, “is a liberation of listening as well as playing. (Trumpeter) Allemano emerges anew, a powerful minimalistimproviser who builds complex moods… then drives further into the expressive potential of her instrument… As the title implies, Kiss The Brain is a majorevent.” (Musicworks Magazine)