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Long Song Rescheduled for Sunday, June 26

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The Long Song was originally schedule to take place during the main part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music but had to be canceled due to rain. Now it’s rescheduled for Sunday, June 26 (that’s tomorrow at the time of this posting).


A Song That Stretches Over One Mile
For 21 (or more) Performers
Penn Avenue between Highland Avenue and Main Street

Sunday June 26
4pm – 6pm
4:15pm tour leaves from Highland and Penn, led by Magicorgans

//Raindate: Sunday June 31//

The Long Song is a new, fresh, collaborative composition. The Long Song is many things: song, shout, choreography, street theater, a long walk and a scene in a film – all rolled into one.


Sean Beauford
Anqwenique Wingfield
Susan Spangler
Jil Stifel
Jean-Paul Weaver
Zoe Sorrel
Michael David Battle
Hyla Willis
Celeste Neuhaus
Two artists from the BOOM roster
Anthony Williams
Roberta Guido
Scott Andrew
Ben Barson
Bitter Whiskers – Tessa Barber, Emily Fear, James Todd
Magic Organs – DS Kinsel and Julie Mallis
Oreen Cohen
David Bennett
KJ Norris
Eric Weidonhof

This work will premiere for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, a monthlong celebration in May 2016 of new music throughout the city. Original date was set for May but got rained out, so this is the raindate event. Support for this work comes from an Awesome Pittsburgh grant and The Heinz Endowment and The Pittsburgh Foundation. This work is being made in partnership with Boom Concepts, a creative hub and a community organization created for the expansion of activity for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs in this city.

More than 21 performers will perfom along the Penn Avenue corridor from Highland Avenue to Main Street. Performers are free to interpret the score (lyrics) as they desire. The result will be an unrehearsed, collaborative, brand new work that can take many variations and forms. It will go the full two hours.

The Long Song can be experienced by beginning at Highland and Penn and walking the length of the mile, or in sections, from the end to the beginning, or walking backwards and jumping rope. It will be experienced by everyone differently.

June 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm Comments (0)

Separate Self Pre-release Party

June 27, 2016
7:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer Auditorium
$10 for individuals. $15 for households. Admission includes an advance copy of the CD and refreshments.


IonSound Project and composer Philip Thompson are pleased to invite you to the unveiling  Separate Self, a new recording of Thompson’s Chamber Music, set to be released July 8 by Ravello Records. Separate Self officially drops on July 8, but we have advanced copies to offer. IonSound will present music from the new album and be joined by guests Emily Pinkerton, Eva and Michael Rainforth, and more. Please join us in celebrating the release of Separate Self, hear some wonderful performances, and enjoy some delicious refreshments!

Here’s a preview of the album featuring three excerpts from the title track. I hope you like it!

Funding for Separate Self was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Additional funding was provided by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and by generous individuals who contributed to the Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Project “Recording Project: Philip Thompson’s Visual Arts-Inspired Chamber Music.”

June 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm Comments (0)