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The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra

April 19, 2014
8:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

E.L.C.O. is thrilled to be included in the New Hazlett Theatre’s CSA program to present “The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra.” In this program, ELCO will collaborate with the renowned Québec-based ondes Martenot player Geneviève Grenier, one of about a dozen musicians in the world skilled with this exotic instrument. The program includes new works by E.L.C.O. composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, as well as selections from Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony and works by the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the Czech-French composer Bohuslav Martinu.

You can learn more about the Ondes Martenot when the New Hazlett presents a special screening of Wavemakers on Tuesday, April 15.  Free to CSA shareholders. Only $5 for everyone else.

April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm Comments (0)

Black Orchid String Trio

April 19, 2013
7:00 pm

The Space Upstairs
Free admission


The trio will premiere the works by spotlight compsers Alan Tormey, Ryan Stewart, Chris Massa, Adam Rook, and Ash Madni, as well as Elliott Carter’s ‘String Trio’. TSU is a loft space located above Construction Junction with entrance doors at the intersection of Thomas and Lexington. On street parking is available.

Helpful advice from BOST:

DO NOT PARK IN THE CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION PARKING LOT. CJ closes the gates and your vehicle may be locked into the lot, leading to much sadness post-concert. The Space Upstairs IS NOT handicap accessible.

April 10, 2013 at 1:07 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)

Mercury Soul with DJ Masonic (Mason Bates) and the PSO

April 5, 2013
9:00 pm

DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), composer & DJ
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Benjamin Shwartz, music director
Anne Patterson, director and designer

Electronica and classical music collide at Mercury Soul, a hybrid musical event that re-imagines the classical music experience in extraordinary spaces. Interspersed with thrilling performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the thumping beat of PSO’s Composer of the Year, DJ Mason Bates, Mercury Soul gives audiences the freedom to dance, roam and experience music and art installation in a club setting. Visual director Anne Patterson collaborates with CMU’s School of Drama to create media and lighting design inspired by the music.  No program book and plenty to drink:  a 21st Century ‘salon’ at its finest!

Program to include:

Adams: Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Xenakis: Okho
Stravinsky: Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Corigliano: Stomp feat. Noah Bendix-Balgley
Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing (PSO commission & World Premiere)

  • 21+ event. ID required.*
  • Doors at 9pm, music begins around 9:30pm at STATIC in the Strip District at 1650 Smallman Street.
  • Ample lit and secure street parking directly across from the venue for $5 (cash only).
  • Free coat check.
  • VIP packages available – includes private, reserved seating for parties of 6 in the balcony.  Very exclusive and limited availability, call 412.392.4819 for details and to secure a table.

Find out more…

March 29, 2013 at 8:31 am 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)

CAPA Antithesis and CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm
CAPA’s Cabaret Theatre
111 9th St

CAPA Antithesis, the new-music ensemble of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, presents its winter concert, under the direction of Alia Musica member (and CAPA teacher) Lenny Young. This concert will also see the debut of a brand new music group, CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, under the direction of composer Alec Summers. Music includes original works by the directors and students, plus pieces by Charles Mingus, Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Tom Johnson and local composer Dave Bernabo.


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January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm Comments (0)

PNME/Alia Musica Competition

A reminder to all Pittsburgh-related composers: this Friday is the deadline for submission to the Call for Scores and Commission Competition with Alia Musica and the PNME, a new opportunity for Pittsburgh-related composers that offers both a performance of an existing work and a commission for a new piece.

Composers are invited to submit:

1 piece
for 5–15 performers,
7–15′ in length,
by July 15, 2012.

There is no entry fee. 5-6 finalists will be performed by Alia Musica in the Fall of 2012,
and out of that concert a winning composer is selected for a $4,000 commission by the PNME, for premiere in the Summer of 2013.

Submission is by email: a score and an mp3 of any available recordings (no MIDI). Full guidelines here


July 9, 2012 at 11:35 am Comment (1)

From Cage and Varèse to Tsontakis and DJ Spooky…

What a great concert last night with the Bugallo-Williams piano duo—a great wrap up for Music on the Edge’s 2011-12 season. Pittsburgh’s new music scene is really moving along!

In fact, I’m excited to announce the Hear/Now festival on April 13 and 14. It’s coproduced by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Alia Musica.—I’m really honored to have helped curate a pretty cool line-up for this first time.

I don’t even know where to start mentioning the highlights and keeping the list short without leaving out some of the coolest stuff! Performers include eighth blackbird’s Tim Munro, DJ Spooky, Attack Theater’s Dave Eggar, PNME’s Conor Hanik, Pittsburgh’s own Eric Moe and Michael Johnsen… there are numbers by Alia Musica, ELCO, OvreArts, and Freya Quartet, multimedia acts by Chris McGlumphy, Alisha Wormsley, and a party at the Shadow Lounge with Ben Opie and DJ Soy Sos.

And the music that is being played! We’ll get to hear Varèse (Alia Musica is playing Octandre), Cage (in Tim Munro’s own solo-flute version of the Aria for solo voice), Feldman and Worinen played by PNME’s Conor Hanik, a Philip Glass quartet performed by Freya Quartet… I get to premiere a piece by George Tsontakis with Alia Musica too

Not to mention the plenty of music by Pittsburgh composers: Mathew Rosenblum’s wonderful Circadian Rhythms, piano music by him and Eric Moe (performed by Eric himself), John Newkom’s string quartet, a premiere by John Arrigo-Nelson, the music of Luke Mayernik…

For details and discount tickets visit the Kelly Strayhorn website. The event is also announced on Facebook, so make sure to like the organizations involved!


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April 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm Comments (0)

March Turns to April. New Music Blooms. (Poetry!)

Are you loving all the new original content showing up on PNMNet? I know I am and there’s plenty of great music to be hear this weekend from the PSO, to Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, to Music on the Edge (on Monday—it’s an extra long weekend. Your welcome!). Did I mention that Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams are going to give the WORLD  FREAKIN’ PREMIERE  of recently discovered piece by Conlon Nancarrow on Monday night? Right here in the Burgh. And in the midst of that I want to remind everyone that on Saturday morning, the Pittsburgh Symphony is going to read works by student composers. This is a great feature of the PSO’s Composer of the Year Program, and every one of the composers I’ve ever talked about it with gush about the experience. Here’s more information about the Student Reading Sessions. Feast your Ears!

March 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm Comments (0)

CAPA Antithesis – “Graphic” Concert

February 17, 2012
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Now rescheduled for Friday 2/17.

CAPA Cabaret Theater
111 9th St
Free Admission

CAPA High School’s Antithesis Ensemble, directed by Greg Davis and Lenny Young, presents an evening of “non-traditional” music focusing on the theme of graphic notation. The program includes major works by composers such as Kagel and Cardew in addition to compositions by CAPA Students.

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January 7, 2012 at 9:01 am Comments (0)

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