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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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Trillium Ensemble presents Autumn Rhythms

November 9, 2013 7:30pm Frick Fine Arts Auditorium $10 adults / $5 children

November 9, 2013 7:30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
$10 adults / $5 children

Trillium Ensemble kicks off its fourth season with Autumn Rhythms at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Saturday, November  9, 2013 at 7:30pm. Trillium Ensemble’s new flutist, Elise DePasquale, makes her debut with the group, performing trios by Maria Grenfell, Paul Schoenfield, Jennifer Higdon, and flute solo Air by Takemitsu. Trillium Ensemble will also premiere Whimsy #1 by Matthew Heap, which weaves together many familiar tunes in a self-described “childhood quilt.”

Jackson Pollock’s work Autumn Rhythms inspired Trillium Ensemble to tie art and music together and invite the  audience to participate. The audience will receive a few art supplies to use during the performance. The trio will encourage the audience to express the performance visually, and connect to the music in a tangible way.

Elise DePasquale takes center stage to perform Air by Toru Takemitsu, the last published work by the Japanese composer (1995). Takemitsu creates a unique soundscape with his use of several extended techniques and melodic lines that alternate from fast and energetic sixteenth notes to long notes which fade away into nothing. These written silences are Takemitsu’s expression of “Ma” – a Japanese concept defined as open space, a gap, or a pause. DePasquale’s musical mastery is displayed in this hauntingly beautiful solo.

Rachael Stutzman performs Joan Tower’s Wings, a piece that explores the wide range and flexibility of the bass clarinet. Tower imagines a large bird flying high, gliding at times, looping and diving at other times. Wings opens softly and slowly,  gains momentum and surges upwards, and ends with a dramatic, almost heavenly ascent.

Paul Schoenfeld’s virtuosic Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano closes the concert. The Carnegie Mellon University alum composed the piece for close friends, Sam and Thelma Hunter’s 50th anniversary. The personalities of the couple are represented with a Charleston and a Jig, accompanied by Schoenfeld’s signature  “classical” rag, displaying pianist, Katie Palumbo’s dexterity on the keyboard.

Trillium Ensemble presents quality musical performances while creating a fun, accessible experience for audiences of all ages. Founded in 2010, Trillium has performed in venues throughout the Pittsburgh region, and has commissioned works by a number of young professional composers in the area. Email trillium.ensemble@gmail.com to reserve tickets!

Trillium Ensemble presents Autumn Rhythms
Saturday, November  9, 2013   7:30 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland, 15260)
$10 adults / $5 children (cash at the door)

Maria Grenfell, Poems of a Bright Moon
Joan Tower, Wings
Matthew Heap, Whimsy #1
Jennifer Hidgon, Dash
Toru Takemitsu, Air
Paul Schoenfeld, Sontatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

Trillium Ensemble
Elise DePasquale, flute
Katie Palumbo, piano
Rachael Stutzman, clarinet



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Trillium presents Echoes with violinist Dawn Posey


February 2, 2013 7:30 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland, 15260)
$10 adults / $5 children

pay cash at the door/for tickets in advance email trillium ensemble@gmail.com

Trillium Ensemble performs its season’s second concert at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  Echoes features chamber music of Aram Khachaturian, a continuation of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, and George Crumb’s heartbreaking Eleven Echoes of Autumn.

This trio of flute, clarinet and piano, is pleased to welcome violinist Dawn Posey, as their guest.  Posey is an active teacher and performer, most notably in the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  Trillium Ensemble strives to make classical music fun and accessible to audiences of all ages.  Founded in 2010, Trillium has performed in venues throughout the Pittsburgh region, and commissioned works by a number of young professional composers in the area.

Various trio instrumentations form most of the concert program. However, all four musicians come together in Eleven Echoes of Autumn which explores the timbral possibilities of the instruments.  A pioneer in pushing the boundaries of music, Crumb often asks instruments to be played in unusual ways.  For instance, the pianist is frequently standing, reaching into her instrument to produce percussive and sometimes haunting sounds.  This piece also features flutist Deidre Huckabay on both the alto flute and as principal whistler!  Echoes is bound to please with its thought-provoking program.

Bohuslav Martinu, Madrigal Sonata
John Adams, Gnarly Buttons
Aram Khachaturian Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Federico Garcia, Long Stories Short
George Crumb, Eleven Echoes of Autumn

Trillium Ensemble
Deidre Huckabay, flute
Rachael Stutzman, clarinet
Katie Palumbo, piano
with special guest, Dawn Posey, violin






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