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Good Stuff Happening This November

Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.

I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>

November 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents Pianist Jacob Ertl

November 9, 2014
4:30 pm

250 Emerson St.,Pittsburgh
Tickets

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The concert will feature a transcription Stravinksy’s Firebird suite, the fourth of Rzewski’s “Four Pieces, Federico Garcia’s new Rendering, John Arrigo’s “Fantasies for Piano Solo”,  and Matthew Heap’s On the Ceiling of the Sky performed by Eastman graduate and new music specialist Jacob Ertl. This is the first of Alia Musica’s guest recitals of 2014-15, hosted by Kip and Desiree Soteres.

November 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm Comments (0)

POSTPONED: Alia Musica Presents Eve Apart

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UPDATE: The Pittsburgh performances of Eve Apart have been postponed. From the Alia Musica announcement:

“Revised venue with new dates and times will be announced in October. All purchased tickets will be honored at those shows. If you would prefer to refund your tickets, please contact Alia Musica atalia.musica.pittsburgh@gmail.com or (412) 361-0194.”

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.

A portion of all Pittsburgh ticket sales will go to support the the Pittsburgh Midwife Center.

Cast

Desiree Soteres

Donovan Smith

David Tahere

Sara Snider Schone

Jenifer Weber

Amanda Joos

Ashley Episcopo

Billy Wayne Coakley

Nathan Hart


September 7, 2014 at 11:17 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music

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So. Much. Music.

 

Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh are about to unleash the massively engaging and sure to be spectacular Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, or as the kids are calling it, #laliapalooza. To help you keep the vasty offerings of this festival straight in your mind, Pittsburgh New Music Net is returning to its original format of having scintillating posts on the front page and a dedicated events calendar. But PFNM isn’t the only reason we’re going back to this format. Honestly, there is so much good new music coming your way this summer, we are going to keep it that way for the time being. That way you will know when great offerings form Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are happening too. Anyway, Events are that way ——–>

Are you feeling scintillated yet? I know you are.

May 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley

May 22, 2014 11:00 amtoMay 23, 2014 11:59 pm

Market Square and Everywhere

Perfect Lives

Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives will happen all around the city beginning on May 22.

Varispeed performs Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives in the first installment of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants imagine a folksy, Midwestern town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Its seven episodes weave together stories of a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians. Both lofty and quotidian, Perfect Lives brings together musicians, performers, fans, and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

11:00 am — the Park

1:00 pm — the Bank

3:00 pm — the Supermarket

5:00 pm — the Church

7:00 pm — the Backyard

9:00 pm — the Livingroom

11:00 pm — the Bar

Founded by Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, and Gelsey Bell, Varispeed is a collective of composer-performers that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events.

Find out more…

May 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

May 22, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets, $15

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performs at the New Hazlett on

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo as they  continue their exploration of Kurtág’s piano duo repertory, and of the two-piano renditions of Stravinsky’s works. Their performance features Agon, the serial ballet with which the Russian master surprised the world in 1957, plus works by Ligeti, Williams herself, Garcia-De Castro, and more.

May 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Alia Musica Pittsburgh

May 23, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets

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Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the primary instigators of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, perform music by Hass, Heap, Moe, and Berio. Guest artists include Duo Scordatura and soprano Jamie Jordan.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf… ent-gleitend

Matthew Heap: Divergent Impulses, premiere with Duo Scordatura

Eric Moe: Time Will Tell

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs, with Jamie Jordan

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Pittsburgh Soundpike

May 24, 2014
2:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets: Come in between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit. (Just like the turnpike, but in reverse! Details below.)

 

Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Discover the energy and innovation Pittsburgh new music organizations, from seven-year-old organizations (Alia Musica, ELCO) to the freshest initiatives (Tepki, Directions Duo). The program features Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking Freya in a quartet performance of Steve Reich’s seminal Different Trains, alongside music by Cage, Brett Dean, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and premieres by many more Pittsburgh composers.

2p Trillium Ensemble: music by Scott Steele

 2:15 Black Orchid String Trio: music by David Hidek

2:30 ELCO: Cage’s Five

2:30 Trillium Ensemble: music by Mark Fromm

2:45 Black Orchid String Trio: music by Adam Rook

3:05 ELCO: music by Alan Tormey

3:15 Tepki music collective: music by Erberk Eryílmaz

3:25 ELCO: music by Christine Burke

3:35 Tepki music collective: music by Reza Vali

3:50 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Scott Steele

4:00 Freya String Quartet: Steve Reich’s Different Trains

4:30 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Mark Fromm

4:50 Directions Duo: music by Brett Dean

Come between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit.

$5 for 2½ hs or more

$10 for 1½ hours

$15 for 1 hour

$20 for less than 1 hour

Cash, checks, and all major credit cards accepted.

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Rzewski Plays Rzewski

May 24, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets

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Frederic Rzewski (Photo: Fabio Lugaro)

Renowned composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski will perform his works Dreams (Part I) and Four Pieces as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. About these works Rzewki says,

“Dreams was inspired by Kurosawa’s film of the same title.  No. 1, “Dream”, was written as a pièce de concours for the semifinals of the1913 Queen Elizabeth piano competition.  No. 2, “Cabrioles”, was written for the Swiss pianist Simone Keller.  No. 3, “A Mensch”, is dedicated to the memory of the actor and poet Steve ben Israel.  No. 4, “Illusions Perdues”, was written for the British pianist Ian Pace.  Part II (Nos. 5-8, now in progress) will be premiered by Igor Levit in the spring of 2015 at the Heidelberger Frühling festival.

“Four Pieces, written for the American pianist Ursula Oppens, was meant as a sequel to The People United, a series of 36 variations on Sergio Ortega’s song “¡El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!”.  It could be described as a monothematic sonata in four movements.  The basic theme evokes Andean traditional music, although it is not actually a citation.”

May 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Guests in Concert

May 25, 2014
5:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Free

Duo Scordatura

Duo Scordatura

Hear  Clocks in Motion and Duo Scordatura, who will be in Pittsburgh to participate in other events of the PFNM. To open the concert, Hope Academy’s ELCEO presents excerpts from The Rite of Spring arranged for student orchestra.

 

May 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm Comments (0)

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