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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)

The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra

April 19, 2014
8:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

E.L.C.O. is thrilled to be included in the New Hazlett Theatre’s CSA program to present “The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra.” In this program, ELCO will collaborate with the renowned Québec-based ondes Martenot player Geneviève Grenier, one of about a dozen musicians in the world skilled with this exotic instrument. The program includes new works by E.L.C.O. composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, as well as selections from Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony and works by the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the Czech-French composer Bohuslav Martinu.

You can learn more about the Ondes Martenot when the New Hazlett presents a special screening of Wavemakers on Tuesday, April 15.  Free to CSA shareholders. Only $5 for everyone else.

April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O Hosts Cage Open Reading Session

November 9, 2013
12:30 pmto2:30 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Have you ever wanted to have the experience of playing John Cage’s large ensemble pieces? Well, you’ll have your chance this weekend at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall. Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra will host an open reading session of large-ensemble pieces by John Cage, including the massive 101. This is at a slightly odd time  (12:30–2 p.m.) because it’s part of the American Musicological Society’s meeting in Pittsburgh, and academic conferences have very packed schedules, but it’ll make for a great afternoon diversion. Anyone playing an orchestral instrument is encouraged to participate! Bring instruments and invite friends, students, and colleagues! You know you want to.

November 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. presents Beck’s Song Reader

August 18, 2013
8:00 pm



Grey Box Theatre
Tickets at the door: $15 general admission/$10 students

They did it! Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra successfully kickstarted a performance of Beck’s Song Reader and it’s going to take place at the Grey Box on Sunday August 18th.

When indie-rocker Beck put out the call for individual interpretations of his sheet-music only album Song Reader at the end of 2012, the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra responded enthusiastically. Within days of receiving the book, E.L.C.O. hit the studio and recorded a song from the collection. After performing two of the selections before enthusiastic crowds at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl, E.L.C.O. planned an evening of selections from Beck’s unique anthology.

Featuring twenty-three instrumentalists and two singers, E.L.C.O. will present songs from the collection in an ambitious program at the Grey Box Theatre. The program will also include two songs by seventeenth-century composer John Dowland, himself a sort of archetypal singersongwriter. With orchestrations by E.L.C.O. members Alan Tormey, David Gerard Matthews, Christine Burke, Ryan Stewart, and Rachel Smith, E.L.C.O.’s interpretations bring the richness of the chamber orchestra medium, including a full rhythm section, to Beck’s highly imaginative songs.

As an exploration of popular songwriting styles, from Dixieland to indie rock and from polka to dirge, Song Reader takes listeners and performers alike on a sort musical tour of  the last hundred years. Surprisingly modern-sounding compositions complement the wide-ranging stylistic diversity, unified by E.L.C.O.’s signature interpretations.

Tickets will also be sold at the door first on a first come/first serve the evening of the event $15 general admission/$10 students. For more information email elco.events@gmail.com or call 412-897-6584.


August 12, 2013 at 8:49 am Comments (0)

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