|October 3, 2014|
|8:00 pm||to||10:00 pm|
Music on the Edge is excited to open its 2014–15 season with Meridian Arts Ensemble. If you’ve been coming to MOTE concerts for a while, you may realize that this is the first brass ensemble on the series in years, quite the occasion! With nine critically-acclaimed commercial CDs, over fifty premieres, and performances on four continents and in forty-nine states under their belts, Meridian is America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Meridian’s exciting and ambitious musical approach has changed the face of brass chamber music; most notably by adding a percussionist to the mix, but also by pioneering new music in the brass ensemble repertoire. The ensemble is comprised of Jon Nelson (trumpet), Tim Leopold (trumpet), Daniel Grabois (horn), Benjamin Herrington (trombone), Raymond Stewart (tuba), and John Ferrari (drums).
Meridian’s October program will showcase works by Andrew Rindfleisch, including In the Zone and Four Fanfares for Two Trumpets, along with his arrangements of music by Stephen Foster (Ring de Banjo), James Thornton (When You Were Sweet Sixteen) and Walter Kollo (Warte, Warte nur ein Weilchen). A leading composer of his generation, Andrew Rindfleisch has produced dozens of works for the concert hall, including solo, chamber, vocal, choral, orchestral, and wind music. His committed interest in other forms of music-making have also led him to the composition and performance of jazz and related forms of improvisation. Rindfleisch will be attending the performance and available to answer questions about his compositions afterwards. Meridian will also perform Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ JB Clips, David Felder’s Canzone XXXI, and Renaissance master Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare no. 2.
Meridian performs on Friday, October 3, 8 p.m. at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. 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. For Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt students are admitted free with valid ID.
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