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PNME Week 4: Music by Zahab and Puts

July 31, 2015
8:00 pm
August 1, 2015
8:00 pm

City Theatre

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble presents Roger Zahab’s Ohio Entelechron and Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’ PNME-commissioned Einstein on Mercer Street.

July 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm Comments (0)

PNME Week 3: Music by Ligetti, de Mey, and Williams

July 24, 2015
8:00 pm
July 25, 2015
10:00 pm

City Theatre

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble revives Return Flight, a production based on the György Ligeti’s Musica RicercataReturn Flight blends blending music, poetry, clapping, and scrabble into an inescapable and inevitable corkscrew. The production includes works by composers Thierry de Mey and Amy Williams, as well as poets William Langford and Danny Spiegel.

July 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm Comments (0)

PNME Week 2: Premieres and Pulitzers

July 17, 2015
8:00 pm
July 18, 2015
8:00 pm

City Theatre

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Week 3 programs include PNME commissions by both our founder David Stock, and recent Prix de Rome winner Daniel Visconti are paired with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet by American Master Steve Reich.

July 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm Comments (0)

PNME Wednesday Showcase: Cellist Norbert Lewandowski

July 15, 2015
7:30 pm

City Theatre

PNME’s Wednesday showcase series returns with a focus on our cellist Norbert Lewandowski. His enormous range and well-reviewed “mahogany tone” will be on full display tonight. Repertoire includes David Lang’s haunting A World To Come, and works by Phillip Glass and Andy Akiho.

July 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm Comments (0)

PNME Week 1: The Gray Cat and the Flounder

July 10, 2015
8:00 pm
July 11, 2015
8:00 pm

City Theatre

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble opens its 40th Anniversary Season with a world premiere, evening-length commission in memory of Bernadette Callery. The Gray Cat and the Flounder (16 Bits About Bernadette) combines instrumental music, cartoons, songs, theatre, puppetry, and imagined ballet quilted together into a narrative on life, loss, and love. Written by Kieren MacMillan, cartoons by Joe Newcomer, directed by Kevin Noe.

July 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm Comments (0)


You still have a few hours to register for PNME’s free ArtDOG Salon taking place at CMU’s Alumni Hall on Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. You do need to register by the end of the day today (Sept. 30). Details are here, but just in case clicking on links makes you extra tired, the event will include a world premiere arrangement, featuring youled by PNME’s new Director of Education Jennie Dorris, Lindsey Goodman performing works by Pittsburgh composers Eric Moe and Roger Dannenberg, and a performance by Linda Kernohan (aka Ms. Music Nerd) and new PNME Board member. Also, dessert!

You can register at the link above (I know, it’s so tiring to click…) or you can contact PNME director Pam Murchison at 412-316-5s71 or pamurchison@gmail.com.

September 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm Comments (0)

PNME 2014 Week 4: Pierrot Lunaire and Drunken Moon

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble closes out its 2014 season with a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire in combination with Kieren MacMillan’s Drunken Moon. The final installment in my series of video previews for the season features Kevin Noe and cellist Norbert Lewandowski in a very thoughtful discussion of why Pierrot continues to be such a compelling work and beyond that, how Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble seeks to contextualize contemporary music in order to facilitate deeper understanding and appreciation for the audience. The final concerts take place  at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at City Theatre. Be sure to catch them.

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July 29, 2014 at 10:09 am Comments (0)

PNME 2014 Week III Preview

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season continues with the world premiere of a new commission by Ryan Anthony Francis for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. The program also includes Amy Williams’ First Lines for flute and piano and a song cycle by Christopher Cerrone, I will learn to love a person, featuring soprano Lindsey Kesselman. The concerts take place Friday and Saturday nights at City Theatre at 8 p.m. PNME’s new executive director Pamela Murchison and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum gave me a preview of this weekend’s program.


July 24, 2014 at 10:01 am Comments (0)

PNME Solo Showcase: Violinist Nathalie Shaw

Nathalie Shaw will give a solo showcase performance as part of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 summer season. Her program will include both acoustic works by Alain Celo, David Stock, and Roger Zahab and electroacoustic works by French composer Sébastien Béranger and Mario Davidovsky. The concert takes place Wednesday, July 23 at City Theatre. Nathalie talked with me on PNME “media day” and here’s what she had to say about the program.


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July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)

PNME Week II Preview: Ted Hearne’s Cage Variations

Here is a preview of week II of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season. Once again, I talked with Kevin Noe and Ian Rosenbaum about what we can look forward to for the next program which features a premiere by Ted Hearne, the winner of the most recent Harvey Gaul competition. The concerts take place on July 18 and 19 at City Theatre.


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July 15, 2014 at 10:25 am Comments (0)

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