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The Great Learning

May 29, 2016
2:00 pmto7:30 pm
May 30, 2016
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Great learning 2-2

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 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Soundpike

May 28, 2016
3:00 pmto4:30 pm
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
8:00 pmto9:30 pm



Carlos Camacho

Carlos Camacho


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,
Ryan McMasters
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

May 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm Comments (0)

Cross/Play 2: Electric Boogaloo

April 16, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Including music from Handel to Kraftwerk, “CrossPlay 2: Electric Boogaloo” features a dozen local musicians playing both orchestral and electronic instruments, performing a blend of classical, rock, free jazz, and electronica.

Our special guest, Patchwork, will be performing Axamer Folio by Eric Wubbels and Interstitchby Jason Charney.  Written for saxophone and drum set, Folio consists of 25 modular pieces that have no pre-set order, form or duration.  The result is a labyrinth of possibilities that offers their own, unique path to the performers.  Interstitch is entirely composed of transition material inspired from “prog rock” classics.

Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center
1000 Madison Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 – North Side

Directions and Parking info can be found at neukirche.org


Advanced Tickets: $15 @ www.elcopgh.org

Door Sales: $20 general admission & $10 students

April 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm Comments (0)

ELCO Presents Crossplay

November 14, 2015
7:30 pm

Neue Kirche Contemporary Art Center


The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents Cross-Play: a concert that will make your toes tap and your head spin–sometimes all at once. Here, drums become drones and drones become melodies. Dance beats fuse themselves to the harmony of the spheres, finding expression in the mad acrobatics of musical virtuosity. With a program spanning from the Middle Ages to now, Cross-Play celebrates the intelligence of dance music and the physicality of the avant-garde.

November 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. Presents “In a Large Reverberant Space”

The Union Project

Sunday, May 31, 7 p.m.

ELCO Winds

ELCO Winds

Join the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra’s musical renegades on a journey to the outer limits of sound as they discover the alien harmonies hidden amongst the echoes! The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra presents their latest concoction, “In a Large Reverberant Space.”  Here, the performance venue of the Union Project’s Great Hall becomes an active part of the concert itself, enveloping the audience in an aura of sound. “In A Large Reverberant Space” pairs the music of American experimentalists Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney with E.L.C.O.’s signature art-pop selections, including new arrangements of Radiohead and melancholy bard Nick Drake. The evening also includes the premiere of Alan Tormey’s American Idyll, previewed at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music.

E.L.C.O. is a grassroots collective of young professional orchestral musicians that explores connections between diverse musical genres and traditions by promoting a broad range of repertoire that includes modern classical music, new interpretations of older classical works, and original arrangements of rock and pop compositions.

Tickets are available in advance for $10 apiece at elcopgh.org and sold at the door the evening of the concert for $15 general admission and $5 for students.  Visit elcopgh.org for more information.

May 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm Comments (0)

ELCO Presents Critical Band

March 15, 2015
2:00 pm

Charity Randall Theatre
Tickets: $15/10 for students


The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents “Critical Band” featuring the music of James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Gerard Grisey, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Joy Division.


March 9, 2015 at 5:11 pm Comments (0)

Up Next: In C-lebration

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December 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. presents In C-lebration: Not a Holiday Concert

December 6, 2014
8:00 pm

The Union Project
Free Admission and refreshments
Complimentary custom cocktails for guests 21+ courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.

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The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents “In C-lebration: Not a Holiday Concert” featuring performances by musicians of E.L.C.O. and The Brass Roots of new music pieces. As 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, E.L.C.O. will celebrate the anniversary of this seminal minimalist work with a party-style performance featuring the musicians of E.L.C.O. along with some special guests.

E.L.C.O. is a grassroots collective of young professional orchestral musicians that explores connections between diverse musical genres and traditions by promoting a broad range of repertoire that includes modern classical music, new interpretations of older classical works, and original arrangements of rock and pop compositions. The Brass Roots are committed to translating the experience of the symphony hall to the more intimate setting of chamber music through dynamic musicianship and innovative programming.


December 1, 2014 at 12:54 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 Fringe Festival: ELCO and Shanna Simmons Dance

May 10, 2014
8:00 pm
May 11, 2014
2:00 pm

Winchester-Thurston Academy Dance Studio


E.L.C.O. and Shanna Simmons Dance reunite “We Sing The Body Eclectic” We Sing the Body Eclectic is a new work by collaborators Shana Simmons Dance and The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, their fourth collaboration in the past two years. The show takes the form of a long transition from sparseness to density, calm to agitation. Using orchestral and electronic instruments, words and movement, the audience will question their own perception of time.

May 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm Comments (0)

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