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Happy 450th Birthday, Galileo!

February 15, 2014
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building

Still from Aaron Henderson's Full Moon

Still from Aaron Henderson’s Full Moon


The University of Pittsburgh Departments of Studio Arts and Music with the University Art Gallery have organized an interdisciplinary event commemorating the 450th anniversary of Galileo’s birth. The celebration, through visual art and live music, will take place in the Rotunda of the University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building.

Three of Michael Morrill's Linea Terminale paintings (click for larger image)

Three of Michael Morrill’s Linea Terminale paintings (click for larger image)

Special guest Paolo Palmieri from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science will offer brief remarks on Galileo and his contributions. An interdisciplinary installation created by Studio Arts faculty members Michael Morrill and Aaron Henderson, and composer and Department of Music alum Philip Thompson will be presented in the Rotunda gallery. The installation expands from Morrill’s Linea Terminale painting series, inspired by Galileo’s moon drawings. Henderson’s video Full Moon and Thompson’s composition Nocturnes (for string trio) were created as a response both to Linea Terminale and the broader idea of celebrating Galileo’s life and scientific contributions.

Listen to an excerpt from Philip Thompson’s Nocturnes

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This interdisciplinary celebration and one-day event is cosponsored by the Departments of Studio Arts and Music, the University Art Gallery, and the Departments of the History and Philosophy of Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Philosophy. The event is free and open to the public.

February 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm Comments (0)

Amy Williams Solo Piano Recital

November 16, 2013
3:00 pm

Chatham University James Laughlin Music Center



Amy Williams is well known as an award-winning composer and one half of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, so it may come as a surprise that she is giving a solo piano recital in Pittsburgh for the first time this Saturday. The one-hour program of contemporary American music will include works by Eric Moe, Roger Zahab, Rzewski, Foss, Cage, Nancarrow, Stravinsky, herself and others.

November 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm Comments (0)

Entelechron Materializes at Pitt

September 23, 2013
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

violinist/composer/conductorRoger Zahab

violinist/composer/conductor Roger Zahab

entelechron, one of Roger Zahab’s ongoing projects, will present a concert of music by  Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons and Toru Takemitsu. While the entelechron instrumentation is flexible, this particular instantiation include Zahab on violin, David Russell on cello, and Rob Frankenberry on piano.

September 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm Comments (0)

Phillips Family Performs Phillips, AU Sax Quartet Plays Brooks


The American University Sax Quartet

Two fine new music concerts coming up starting tomorrow:

First, the Phillips family plays music of Eugene Phillips

The Phillips Family will perform a concert featuring two new works by Pittsburgh composer Eugene Phillips: Quintetto Concertante for soprano, flute, two violins and viola, plus his Suite for Viola and Bass Flute. Both works were written at the request of the Phillips family and are being premiered here in Pittsburgh. The Suite for Viola and Bass Flute features the newly invented bass flute, a giant flute sounding two octaves below the standard instrument.

The concert takes place on Sunday, May 26 at 3 in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and it’s free! Soprano Amy Phillips, violist  Daniel Phillips, violinist Todd Phillips, violinist Catherine Cho, and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor are Artist Members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYC.


Second, The American University Sax Quartet plays Brooks

The American University Saxophone Quartet is visiting Pittsburgh from Washington DC. They will be joined by University of Pittsburgh faculty and student performers Roger Zahab (violin/viola), Jonghee Kang (piano), and Eric Wiegandt (percussion) for a program that will feature works by George Tsontakis, Michael Torke, Paul Hindemith, Elliott Carter, Aaron Brooks, and Roger Zahab.

Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free

The American University Saxophone Quartet is a premier ensemble at American University in Washington DC. Regularly featured at university events, the quartet is committed to the study and performance of contemporary music for classical saxophone. This past semester the group commissioned and premiered a piece by Pittsburgh composer, Aaron Brooks. The work will be performed again at the University of Pittsburgh in May as part of a university exchange. In 2010 the group also premiered THAWST II by Katerina Stamatelos at the International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University. Coached by Dr. Noah Getz, the quartet consists of Helen West, a recent graduate in music performance and economics; Vincent Guerrero, a junior studying music performance and education; Peter Jones, a senior studying accounting; and Charley Fogel, a recent graduate in psychology.

May 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm Comments (0)

Animé Bop Presents Pittsburgh Composers

April 14, 2013
7:00 pm
L-R: Linda Fisher, bassoon; Robin Driscoll, oboe; Rob Frankenberry, piano

L-R: Linda Fisher, bassoon; Robin Driscoll, oboe; Rob Frankenberry, piano

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Animé BOP! will present a concert of recent works by composers with Pittsburgh roots. The program will include Nancy Galbraith’s Incantation & Allegro, James Ogburn’s Complements and Collisions, the premieres of eX (e to the x) by Mark S. Fromm, Semplicemente by Noah Rectenwald, and Robert Frankenberry’s arrangement of Daron Aric Hagen’s Tryst. Animé BOP! will also screen Will Zavala’s short film Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public while performing Philip Thompson’s score live.

Anime’ BOP! is the result of three colleagues exploring the exciting repertoire possibilities of piano and double reeds. The ensemble is devoted to performing a wide array of musical periods and styles, as well as discovering new compositions through arrangement and commissions. Its members are:

Bassoonist Linda Morton Fisher is currently principal with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Civic Light Opera, the Lancaster (OH) Festival Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony, as well as the instructor of bassoon at the University of Pittsburgh.

Oboist Robin Driscoll is principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet as well as with the Wheeling Symphony.  He appears throughout the United States as a soloist and has played with the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Driscoll is a member of the faculties of University of Pittsburgh and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Pianist Robert Frankenberry leads a multi-faceted career as a tenor, pianist, and conductor, performing regularly in Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. Robert is currently artistic administrator for the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the IonSound Project and Music on the Edge Chamber Ensemble.

April 9, 2013 at 8:26 am Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)

NOW, NOW, IonSound, Mason, Mason, Mason, MOTE…

Sot there is a lot going on this weekend, and by this weekend I mean starting with two concerts Thursday night: The PSO, IonSound Project, and the Warhol have teamed up to present a concert of music curated by Mason Bates, including two of his own pieces. Meanwhile, back at Duquesne (and how often do you get to write that phrase?), NOW Ensemble is going to perform music by student composers from Duquesne and Pitt at PNC Recital Hall (8 pm and free). Friday through Sunday the PSO will perform Bates’ B-Sides. Saturday Night, MOTE present NOW at the Warhol and the program will include a the premiere of Rounder Songs by our own Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton. Soooooo… It’s going to be good! Oh yeah, and if you mention that you’re an IonSound supporter at the Warhol, the tickets are only $10 bucks for the Thursday night show. Check out the Events Calendar thusly ———>

March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am Comments (0)

IonSound Performs Pitt Graduate Composers

April 16, 2012
8:00 pm
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Free

IonSound Project, Pitt’s Ensemble in Residence, performs new compositions by Pitt graduate composers Aaron Brooks, Chris Capizzi, Bomi Jang, Charles Lwanga, Sookyung Sul, and Jeremy Woodruff.

April 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm Comments (0)

10/19: Ned Rothenberg Quintet + Ben Opie Ensemble + Anthony Braxton LP release

October 19, 2011
8:00 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Tickets: $15 at the door. $10 advance at Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, William Pitt Union Box Office, Dave’s Music  Mine, and The Exchange (Squirrel Hill, Downtown).

Wednesday October 19 is a triple threat New Music/avant-garde jazz night for three great reasons:

1) It’s the first appearance in Pittsburgh in over a decade for NYC-based multi-reedist Ned Rothenberg. Over the past three decades, Rothenberg has worked with the likes of Fred Frith, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Elliott Sharp. Now he’s on tour with the Mivos Quartet, a string ensemble specializing in contemporary composition. The five musicians will perform his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings which was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records in 2010: http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7267For information on Rothenberg, check:http://www.nedrothenberg.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Rothenberg

2) Local saxophonist Ben Opie will open the evening with his own ensemble. It was Opie who organized the entire visit of legendary MacArthur Genius Grant-winning composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton to Pittsburgh in 2008. In addition to recording a double CD with Opie, playing with his Septet at the Manchester Craftsman Guild, with CAPA High School’s Antithesis Ensemble and with the birds at the Aviary, Braxton conducted a group of local musicians (“The Three Rivers Tri-Centric Ensemble”) in one of his compositions. The results were recorded, and will be released on October 19 as a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl LP on stalwart local experimental label SSS Records (as catalog # SSS-60). This concert is the release party – you’ll definitely want to pick it up.

3) This concert is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s award-winning college radio station, WPTS-FM. Although the station has been known for many years for bringing great indie bands to campus (ranging from the Silver Jews to Of Montreal), this is the first time it has stood solidly behind an avant-garde jazz/New Music event. Here’s hoping they do so regularly in the future.

Here are the event details:
Ned Rothenberg & Mivos Quartet
Ben Opie Ensemble
Anthony Braxton LP release
Wednesday October 19 8 pm all ages welcome
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
$15 at the door. $10 advance at Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, William Pitt Union Box Office, Dave’s Music  Mine, and The Exchange (Squirrel Hill, Downtown).

Originally posted by Manny Theiner.

October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm Comments (0)

Cliff Colnot, Guest Conductors Lead Alia Musica, Moe in NYC

Cliff Colnot

Tonight, Cliff Colnot and other outstanding guest conductors will lead Alia Music Pittsburgh in works by Jimenez, Garcia, Heap, Gillespie, and Livengood. It’s at Synod hall at 8. Full details here. And if you’re near New York City tonight, Talujon Percussion is celebrating an evening of premieres, including Eric Moe’s Danger: Giant Frogs, which, ya know, be prepared! Here’s the skinny on that concert.

September 30, 2011 at 8:33 am Comments (0)

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