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Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Opens 2016 Season

You probably already know all about this if you follow the new music scene in Pittsburgh, but yes! Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble opens its 2016 season tonight (July 8)! Here’s the full schedule.

I’ve been traveling so haven’t had as much time for blogging, so I’ll just let the professionals do the work on this. Here’s Liz Bloom’s preview in the P-G. And there’s this from Mark Kanny at the Trib.

July 8, 2016 at 9:55 am Comments (0)

New Releases by Stock, Goodman, and Trillium

Without really thinking it through too much, I managed to take a pretty long hiatus from this blog, but for only the best of reasons! I’ve never been busier as a composer/producer/engineer, so that, combined with a full time day job and being in the parent=chauffeur stage of raising teenagers has meant precious little time for anything else. The upside is that I’ve been having a blast! Now that things have settled down a bit I’ll be posting more about my own projects in the near future. But enough about me! Let’s do this Pittsburgh New Music Net thang. I can’t think of a better way to get back into blogging the new music scene here than highlighting some recent album releases.

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The first and most bittersweet is the posthumous release of David Stock: Concertos by BMOP Sounds. The unexpected loss of David this past November hit the Pittsburgh contemporary music community hard. And yet, it’s difficult to think of a better memorial than this release.

The album features Andrés Cárdenes on Concierto Cubano, oboist Alex Klein playing all five of the oboe family’s instruments (Klein’s idea!) in the five-movement Oborama, and percussionist Lisa Pegher in Percussion Concerto, a work she and David created with a consortium of five orchestras as commissioners. The release is full of the kind of detailed and vibrant interpretations we’ve learned to expect from BMOP, Gil Rose, and these virtuosic soloists, making Concertos a remarkable celebration of David’s musical legacy. 

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As long as we’re talking about the musical legacy of David Stock we should talk about the generation of musicians he inspired, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is about as good an example of that as anyone. Lindsey will always be happy to talk to you about the impact David had on her career and artistic vision, and what a vision it is! That’s why it’s such a pleasure to help spread the word about her first solo album, released today on New Dynamic Records. reach through the sky features Lindsey performing on flute, alto flute, and voice in performance of commissioned works by Grant Cooper (Other Voices…), Rob Deemer (The Road From Hana), Gilda Lyons (Chrysalis), Jeffrey Nytch and Jessica Melilli-Hand (Covenant), Erich Stem (New Year’s), and Judith Shatin (Penelope’s Song).  Performing along with Lindsey on the album are percussionist Scott Christian, and pianists Anne Waltner and Robert Frankenberry (who also contributes as a singer). reach through the sky will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as through NDR.



If you want a great example of how energetic new music is in the Burgh you don’t need to look much further than Trillium Ensemble and composer Mark Fromm. Trillium ( flutist Elise DePasquale, clarinetist Rachael Stutzman, piano and pianist Katherine Palumbo) presented the Silent Spring Project in collaboration with Mark this past Thursday at the New Hazlett and the response has been hugely positive. Happily, part of the project was to release Mark’s compositions on an album and Silent Spring is available now. The album features five of Mark’s compositions with the Trillium-commissioned Silent Spring as the climax of the program. Congratulations to Trillium and Mark for the completion of this ambitious project!

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April 17, 2016 at 9:56 am Comments (0)

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)

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