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Pacifica Plays Ligeti for Chamber Music Pittsburgh

November 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall


Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Their program includes

Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses nocturnes”
Mozart’s  Viola Quintet in G minor, K. 516 (with violist David Harding)


Ravel’s Quartet in F major

November 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm Comments (0)

David Cutler with Project Piñata

July 17, 2014
7:30 pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Project Piñata

Project Piñata


Chamber Music Pittsburgh continues its “Just Summer” series with David Cutler and Project Piñata. Cutler will be familiar to many Pittsburgh concert goers from his time on the faculty at Duquesne University. He now teachers music entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About “Swinging with a Blindfold”:
Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, Nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, Schumann tunes, progressive rock, Radiohead, and boogie…How might you experience this incredible feast of styles? Well, you could tour the world with a pocket musicologist. Or join pianist, composer, and “weekend traveler” David Cutler with Project Piñata for a virtuosic, genre-hopping, wild ride across the musical globe.

About David Cutler:
David Cutler is a pianist and composer equally comfortable with classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world musics. As a frequent performer with artists like Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and Indian kathak dancer Cynthia Ling Lee, he stretches what it means to be a musical collaborator: interacting with audiences, incorporating choreography, playing secondary instruments. His eclectic compositional output has been commissioned by artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

One of the world’s leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, Dr. Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician helps musicians build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About Project Piñata:
Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums). As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.” For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler.

June 19, 2014 at 11:55 am Comments (0)

Interview with ETHEL’s Ralph Farris

Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s “Just Summer” series gets started off with a performance by ETHEL in a program they have titled “Grace.” I recently had the opportunity to Skype with ETHEL violist and founding member Ralph Farris about ETHEL and what makes them unique, the program, and encouraging performers to be more engaged in the creative aspect of their art. Check out the conversation below and come hear ETHEL at the Kelly Strayhorn this Thursday night.

June 16, 2014 at 10:06 am Comments (0)

ETHEL Presents “Grace”

June 19, 2014
7:30 pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Tickets

ETHEL String Quartet


ETHEL will present “Grace” as part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Just Summer series. The centerpiece of the program is ETHEL’s own adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s moving score to the 1986 film, The Mission. Morricone’s score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. The film deals with cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America. Also featured on the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley’s Grace – his glorious, and tragically, only, completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL composers and collaborators Mary Ellen Childs (USA), Marcelo Zarvos (Brazil), and Carlo Mombelli (South Africa) along with original music by members of ETHEL, fill out the program with works both searching and deeply joyful. Following the concert, ETHEL will do a question and answer session with the audience. Acclaimed as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting [string] quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos – a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community.  As cultural and musical “pollinators,” the quartet brings its collaborative discoveries to audiences through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement. Vist Chamber Music Pittsburgh for more information.

May 24, 2014 at 9:13 am Comments (0)

PCMS Hosts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

January 29, 2013
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Winds + Piano program will feature such renowned artists as Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Tara Helen O’Connor (flute), David Shifrin (clarinet), Stephen Taylor (oboe), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), and William Purvis (horn).  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, Op. 43

Rustiques for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon

La cheminée du roi René, Suite for Wind Quintet, Op. 205

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452

January 16, 2013 at 8:32 am Comments (0)

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Perform Silverman’s Trio No. 2

January 23, 2012
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

The famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform a new work by Stanley Silverman for their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society concert on January 23rd. The group premiered Silverman’s Trio No. 2 on September 14 of 2011 at New York’s 92nd St. Y. The program also includes Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502, and Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major (which appears to be the key of the night). Op. 97.

January 5, 2012 at 8:37 am Comments (0)

Orion String Quartet Plays Webern

October 10, 2011
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society opens its 50th Anniversary season with the Orion String Quartet performing Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and …Webern? Yes! Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5 is on the program, and while one might have wished they would have maintained the alliteration and played Berg, it will be wonderful to hear some music from the Second Viennese school all the same. Represent, Anton! Do people still say “Represent!”? I didn’t think so.

Full details about the program here.

October 4, 2011 at 8:34 am Comments (0)

Daylight Savings Edition-More MOTE Madness, Trio Cavatina

Keeping it short and sweet because I’m heading up to Wisconsin today for the revolution for the premiere of my new song cycle. Free Wisconsin!

MOTE Madness continues on Sunday night at the Warhol with New York’s counter)induction. Eric Moe’s Dead Cat Bounce and music by Douglas Boyce, Gorecki, and Kyle Bartlett are all on the program. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend. Already? I know!

If you do show up to the Warhol at the end of the show on Sunday, no worries. Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents Trio Cavatina on Monday night and that Naumburg prize-winning group is playing an intriguing program featuring women composers past and present.

To the Events Calendar!

March 10, 2011 at 5:08 am Comments (0)

Trio Cavatina Play Ortiz Torres, Reade Thomas, and Fanny Mendelssohn

March 14, 2011
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

Trio Cavatina will perform a program that spotlights women composers from the present and the past for their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society concert on March 14. The trio’s program includes music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Gabriella Ortiz Torres, and Augusta Reade Thomasm with Fanny’s brother Felix as the token male.

Fanny Mendelssohn Trio, Op. 11

Gabriela Ortiz Torres, Trifolium

Augusta Reade Thomas, Moon Gig and Circle Around The Sun…

Felix Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor, Op. 49

March 8, 2011 at 8:30 am Comments (0)

Manasse and Nakamatsu Launch New PCMS Recital Series

UPDATE: We incorrectly listed this concert as starting at 8 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu will give the first installation of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society’s* new recital series tonight at Bellefield Hall Auditorium. at 7:30. Of particular interest to new music enthusiasts are pieces by jazz clarinet legend Paquito D’Rivera (Lecuonerias from “The Cape Cod Files”) and John Novacek’s Four Rags for Two Jons composed especially for the duo.

PCMS’ new recital series, called the Bellefield Hall Recital series, at least for the time being, represents the organization’s effort at expanding the content of its programming. The February 7 installment features 20-year old violin phenom Benjamin Beilman whose program will include music by Joan Tower and Christopher Rogerson. Nice to see new music represented on the series. All the details for tonight’s program are here.

*Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Chamber Music Society—a fact that I’m sure they regret every day.

November 8, 2010 at 8:44 am Comments (0)

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