Do most definitely check out David Bernabo’s video feature of Ken Ueno in The Glassblock.
|May 29, 2016|
|2:00 pm||to||7:30 pm|
|May 30, 2016|
|2:00 pm||to||5:00 pm|
Locations and Times
Sunday May 29
2pm: First Unitarian Church
3pm: Schenley Plaza
4:30pm: Heymann Theater (Stephen Foster Memorial)
6pm: First Unitarian Church
Monday May 30
2-5pm The Union Project
Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning. One of the earliest pieces to be called “minimalist” (by composer and critic Michael Nyman), The Great Learning is composed for a large number of trained and untrained musicians on texts by Confucius in Ezra Pound’s translations. The piece conjures at once Ligeti’s clouds of sound, Webern’s pointillism, Reich’s phasing cycles, and Cage’s conceptual provocations.
The Great Learning at PFNM is performed in various city venues as a collaboration with percussionist and Great-Learning-veteran Sarah Hennies, Pittsburgh’s David Matthews, and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO).
|May 28, 2016|
|3:00 pm||to||4:30 pm|
|5:30 pm||to||6:30 pm|
|8:00 pm||to||9:30 pm|
Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents Pittsburgh Soundpike. Festival guest artists and Pittsburgh’s most active new music groups take to the stage together in a concert with a unique pay-as-you-exit format. Join us for three segments and discounts for drinks and dinner at The Porch and dinner at Conflict Kitchen!
The three programs feature Berio‘s Voice Sequenza (Tony Arnold), Murail‘s Tellur (Dieter Hennings), and Rzewski‘s The Fall of the Empire (Carlos Camacho, Allen Otte). Plus music by Zvonimir Nagy, Reza Vali, Jonghee Kang, Mark Fromm, Ryan McMasters, Lenny Young, and a special World Premiere by David Stock (Mark Fromm and Jennie Dorris).
Segment I: 3–4:30pm ($20 or $15)
CAPA’s Antithesis, Bell’Art Ensemble
Trillium Ensemble, Zoe Sorrell’s Syrinx Project,
and $5 off your happy hour bill at The Porch
Segment II: Guest soloists: 5:30–6:30pm ($20)
Tony Arnold: Berio’s Voice Sequenza
Dieter Hennings: Murail’s Tellur
Carlos Camacho: Rzewski’s Fall of the Empire
and dinner ($10 off) at Conflict Kitchen
Segment III: 8–9:30pm ($20 or $15)
Guest soloist Allen Otte
Kamraton, Noa Even and ELCO
Jennie Dorris and Mark Fromm
and $5 off your bill at The Porch afterwards
Musicians gather one by one from 2 harps and 1 bass to a full symphony orchestra, in the scintillating buildup and finale at the end of Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece. Market Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 11 at 1pm EST.
If you can’t make it to Market Square today, PFNM will be streaming the flashmob of Stravinsky’s Firebird on the PFNM Facebook page, at 1pm.
The flashmob is part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, which launched last week with the premiere of Amy Williams’ Cineshape (featuring the composer herself, the JACK Quartet, Lindsey Goodman, Scott Christian, and short films by Aaron Henderson).
Cineshape, composer Amy Williams’ and video artist Aaron Henderson’s multimedia collaboration, will take place at the Warhol with two performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. The evening features outstanding performers JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian. Composer Williams will also perform at the piano and Aaron Henderson will mix the video live.
Cineshape is both the final Music on the Edge program until fall and the launch of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, led by Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh.
With that pivot point in the concert season in mind, it seems like a particularly good time for David Bernabo’s interview with Music on the Edge Codirectors Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. Check it out for a nice perspective on how the new music scene in the Burgh has evolved over the last 25 years. Here’s what Mathew had to say about about visiting performer’s sense of our scene:
“…Folks that play in New York, even at the new venues, National Sawdust or wherever, they come here and say, “Holy crap. This is fun; this is vibrant.”