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Ensemble Surplus

April 15, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Ensemble SurPlus travels to Pittsburgh from its home in Freiburg Germany to the Andy Warhol Museum to perform an international program including some of our Pittsburgh composers. Works include: Wolfgang Motz (Tratti), Thomas Bruttger (Recherche), Mathew Rosenblum (Northern Flicker), Amy Williams (Sextet), Steve Reich (New York Counterpoint), Eric Moe (Strenuous pleasures), Bruno Mantovani (Concerto de chambre no. 2).

Freiburg, situated near Germany’s borders with France and Switzerland, has always been an international crossroads. Ensemble Surplus, founded by an American, performs chamber music by a wide range of composers, ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its mission is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. After its formation in 1992 the ensemble was invited in the same year to perform at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. In 1993 it was engaged to give the first performance of a contemporary chamber opera at the Archipel Festival in Geneva, which received enthusiastic critical acclaim. Since that time it has gained increasing recognition on the international scene for contemporary music and has been a frequent guest at festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America (June in Buffalo, Stanford University, University of Victoria). In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, SurPlus also welcomes experimental projects, improvisation and Music Theater. A close cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart has existed since 1994. Most recently the Ensemble has collaborated in the project “New Music Network” funded by the German Ministry of Culture, working with young people in the German school system in order to educate a young public about new music. The ensemble has also collaborated closely with the Experimental Studio of the German Radio (SWR). Numerous CD productions and recordings (Ferneyhough, Clark, Spahlinger, Mahnkopf, Wolpe with Heinz Holliger) document the great versatility of the ensemble. 

This show is co-sponsored by Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum

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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

 

March 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm Comments (0)

Quartetto di Venezia

April 1, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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The Quartetto di Venezia inherited the qualities of two schools of quartet interpretation, that of the Quartetto Italiano, under the guidance of Piero Farulli, and the Central-European School of the Végh Quartet, through several meetings with Sándor Végh and Paul Szabo. In addition to annual appearances throughout Italy, the Quartetto di Venezia has frequently performed elsewhere in Europe, and in the rest of the world. They had the honour of playing for His Holiness Pope John Paul II and the president of Republic of Italy. Their recordings include many CDs for Naxos, Dynamic, Fonit Cetra, Unicef, Aura, and Koch. Their most recent release is a 3-CD set of Luigi Cherubini’s Six String Quartets for Decca. With frequent broadcasts and television appearances, the ensemble has collaborated with artists of worldwide fame, including Bruno Giuranna, the Borodin Quartet, the Pražák Quartet, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Dieter Flury and Pietro De Maria. For their thirtieth anniversary season the Quartetto di Venezia received official recognition from the president of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.

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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

March 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm Comments (0)

Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk

March 26, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum present Arditti Quartet with guitarist Eliot Fisk on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program will include works by Berio, Kurtag, Xenakis, Felder and Parades

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its founding by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on the repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by hundreds or composers show the wide range of music in the Quartet’s repertoire. The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays. The players’ commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world. Over the past 30 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). In 2004 they were awarded the ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize by the Academie Charles Cros in France for their exceptional contribution to the dissemination of contemporary music. The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for ‘lifetime achievement’ in music. They remain to this day, the only ensemble ever to receive it.

Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centers, logging camps and prisons). After 45 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.” Fisk has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, and numerous other prominent orchestras around the world. Fisk has also performed with a dizzying array of chamber music colleagues including flutist, Paula Robison; clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman; cellist Yehuda Hanani; the late violinist Ruggiero Ricci; the Shanghai, Juilliard, Miro, Borromeo and Miro String Quartets. He has invented numerous cross over projects with among others Paco Pena (flamenco guitar); Joe Pass and Bill Frisell (jazz guitar) chanteuse Ute Lemper and Turkish music specialist Burhan Oecal. Numerous new works have been dedicated to Fisk by composers as varied as Luciano Berio, Leonardo Balada, Robert Beaser, Nicholas Maw, George Rochberg, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Kurt Schwertsik.

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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

March 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm Comments (0)