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Alia Musica Pittsburgh presents Comala

January 22, 2014
7:00 pm

Chatham University, Laughlin Music Center
Tickets: $15 at the door / $10 in advance
$10 seniors and students
Free for children under 16
purchase tickets at www.alia-musica.org

Soprano Tony Arnold

Renowned soprano Tony Arnold joins Rob Frankenberry and an all-star ensemble for Zohn-Muldoon’s Comala.

Joined by musicians from New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Lexington, Alia Musica Pittsburgh performs Comala, the landmark work for voices and chamber ensemble by Mexican-born composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon in Pittsburgh on January 22 and on tour.  A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Comala features legendary new-music soprano Tony Arnold with the Pittsburgh-based tenor and polymath Rob Frankenberry.

The ensemble comprises guitarist Dieter Hennings (recently featured by Pittsburgh’s Guitar Society of Fine Arts); members of the Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency, percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Baker; and members of the world-touring Eastman BroadBand, a collective of students and recent graduates of the Eastman School of Music. Zohn-Muldoon and and fellow professor of composition Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez formed Broadband in 2007.  Alia Musica Pittsburgh Artistic Director Federico Garcia will conduct the ensemble as they tour the program to Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Kentucky. the program is produced jointly by Alia Musica, Eastman, Cincinnati College Conservatory, and University of Kentucky and supported in part by The Heinz Endowments and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Along with Comala, program the includes music by Michael Fiday, professor of composition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the premiere of two new compositions written for the occasion by Pittsburgh composers and Alia Musica members John Arrigo-Nelson and Federico Garcia.

View the complete program below the fold.


January 11, 2014 at 11:32 am Comments (0)

Cathedral Concerts Presents Alia Musica, Premieres by Aelmore and Brooks

October 20, 2013
7:00 pm

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Admission is free. A freewill offering will be accepted.

The third season of Cathedral Concerts opens with Pittsburgh’s Alia Musica in Concert, led by Artistic Director (and Hope Academy Teaching Artist) Federico Garcia. The concert will feature the premieres of  Aaron Brooks’s tempo chorale and tune (flute, clarinet, percussion, string trio) and Matt Aelmore’s east liberty (organ, two vibraphones). The program also includes Ramteen Sazegari’s moment (flute, violin, viola), Nissim Schaul’s shadow under the hot sun (soprano, organ, string trio), Kerrith Livengood’s eight ball bearings (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion), Krzystof Penderecki’ clarinet quintet (clarinet, string quartet).

October 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Conductors’ Festival Kicks Off Fall Season

Despite the recent heat and humidity, we’re going to go ahead and call it fall. Just forget about the weather. We know it’s fall because all our favorite concert series are ramping up, the Bucs are in a pennant race, and… Wait? What???? Are you kidding me? Well, no. And listen, you are probably not gonna get tickets to this last Pirates home stand if you don’t have them already, so why not go to some amazing concerts instead? (You can always check the score at intermission.)

Friday, 9/13: Alia Musica will conclude their second annual Conductors’ Festival with a concert at PNC Recital Hall.

Monday, 9/16: The Consortium presents the first installment of its Sahara Series at Thunderbird Cafe.

Tuesday, 9/17: You may want to stay at Thunderbird to hear the Lina Allemano Four.

Great way to get things rolling this September, and there’s lots more music headed our way in the coming weeks. Yep. Definitely fall.

September 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm Comments (0)

Alia Music’s Conductors’ Festival

September 13, 2013
7:30 pm

PNC Recital Hall, Duquesne University
$10 suggested donation

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Alia Musica to host five guest conductors in week-long Festival

Alia Musica Pittsburgh opens its 2013-14 Season with a redux of its notable Conductors Festival of the Fall of 2011. Five conductors will rehearse and perform Pittsburgh compositions during a week of activities at Duquesne University between September 9 and 13.

The Conductors Festival as an initiative was inaugurated in 2011, when renowned new-music conductor Cliff Colnot (International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW series) led a field of four emerging conductors, in rehearsals and performances of six Pittsburgh compositions. The festival was a unique opportunity for both composers and conductors to work with a professional ensemble, build connections, and present their work publicly. “I don’t know anywhere else”, says Cliff Colnot, “in Europe or the US, where both areas [composition and conducting] concurrently have been addressed. It’s very powerful.”

Two years later, the organization has invited five other conductors, from Pittsburgh and abroad, for a week of rehearsals culminating in a public concert on September 13, at 7:30pm, at PNC Hall (Duquesne University). Visiting maestros Jeff Meyer (Ithaca College and St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic) and Walter Morales (Edgewood Symphony, Pittsburgh’s Undercroft Opera) will be joined by emerging conductors Jacob Kallman (University of Madison-Wisconsin), JJ Pearse (Bowling Green University), and CMU graduate Daniel Curtis (CMU contemproary ensemble).

The repertory of the festival comprises compositions for chamber ensembles from between 11 and 15 performers. In addition to compositions by Alia Musica member composers, the program includes the premiere of “Angel Antiphons” by Duquesne University professor Zvonimir Nagy. Other premieres include Mark Fromm’s “Meden Agen,” Kerrith Livengood’s “Bird Convergence”, John Arrigo-Nelson’s “Phosphene”, and the concert is rounded off by Artistic Director Federico Garcia’s sinfonietta piece “Pluribus”, conducted by Daniel Curtis. Rehearsals are open to the public, as is a feedback session where the composers and conductors will share comments and thoughts about the experience.

The Conductors Festival opens Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s 2013-14 Season. Other highlights of the season include a tour of 2010 Pulizer Prize finalist opera “Comala”, by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (a partnership of Alia Musica, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Kentucky), and the Pittsburgh New Music Festival 2014, featuring local and national contemporary music acts, for which Alia Musica has been recently awarded a Heinz Endowments special grant.

Rehearsals are held at Duquesne University’s PNC Hall, and are open to the public. For information contact alia.musica.pittsburgh@gmail.com

You can see the full program below the fold.


August 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm Comments (0)


Congratulations to Federico Garcia and Alia Music who will launch a one-day new music festival sometime around Memorial Day 2014. According to the Post-Gazette,

“The performance will happen over one day, at a supermarket, a park, a bank. It is one show, but the audience members will change throughout the day, depending on who happens to be grocery shopping or depositing checks at any given moment. One scene will take place at night, in a bar.”

The innovative festival will include two operas: Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives and John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, a piece including 99 percussionists that will be performed in Frick Park. Performers will also include the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and NYC’s Varispeed Collective.

The festival will be made possible by a $35,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments.

Stayed tuned for more details right in this space.

July 25, 2013 at 8:48 am Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents thingNY and Gemini Duo

June 15, 2013
8:00 pm

The Inn in Lawrenceville
Door: $10 adults / $8 students and seniors
Discounts available in advance at www.alia-musica.org

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Alia Musica Pittsburgh presents The Gemini Duo and thingNY in an evening of new music and art on June 15 at The Inn in Lawrenceville. The performances by the two visiting ensembles will be set against a new, large group exhibition titled Disambiguate at The Inn’s Butler Street gallery space curated by Stephen Tuomala and Sarah Humphrey.

The Gemini Duo (Jubal Fulks and Lauren Varley) offers a program of new works for violin and horn, including the premiere of two new works: Locus, by Alia Musica’s John Arrigo-Nelson, and Groundings, by New York composer Joseph DiPonio.

Jeff Young and Paul Pinto of the experimental music ensemble thingNY perform their engaging and dynamic two-man opera, Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeff Young.

Come and check out The Inn’s fantastic new space; mingle, eat, drink, and be a part of this exciting art happening!

The Inn is located at 5601 Butler Street in Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville) 15201.  The event will take place on the second floor (stairs only; no elevator).

June 9, 2013 at 10:27 am Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part II

In the second part of my conversation with Robert he talks about his solo recital (Thursday, April 4) and his concert with Alia Musica on Saturday, April 6  when he will perform his newly revised version of his 1986 Meristem. It’s fascinating to hear him talk about the flute as a “human powered synthesizer.”

April 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part I

The legendary Robert Dick is coming to Pittsburgh this week for two concerts with Alia Musica Pittsburgh. Robert was kind enough to Skype with me last week and I’ve posted the first of two parts of that interview below. Robert says many wonderful things in the course of our conversation, but what you really want to know is: how does one accurately shoot projectiles from the flute? Yes, you will find out.

April 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents the Legendary Robert Dick

April 4, 2013
7:30 pm
April 6, 2013
7:30 pm

Tickets:  $15 at the door, $10 students, $5 children.
Two-event pass, $20
Buy in advance and save!

Robert Dick plays bass flute. Photo: Scott Friedlander

Robert Dick plays bass flute. Photo: Scott Friedlander

April 4, Robert presents a solo recital featuring his own compositions. Incorporating live electronics, his signature Glissando Headjoint, and the monster contrabass flute, this event is can’t-miss.

April 6, Robert joins Alia Musica for our Spring 2013 concert. We perform Robert Dick’s concerto for flute and small ensemble, Meristem, and premiere a new work by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Don’t miss performances of music by Federico Garcia, Nissim Schaul, and Luciano Berio.

With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but but redefined the flute.  Known worldwide for creating revolutionary visions of the flute’s musical role, listening to Robert Dick play solo has been likened to the experience of hearing a full orchestra.  His performances typically include flute (with his invention, the Glissando Headjoint®) piccolo, alto flute, and bass flutes in C and F.  On special occasions, he’ll bring out the giant, stand-up contrabass flute.

“Dick held the audience in rapt attention with his spellbinding virtuosity”
Washington Post

“There are few musicians that are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them.”
- Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes


March 27, 2013 at 8:34 am Comments (0)

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