Like most of you, I am shocked — shocked I say! — that today is Friday, and though I am a huge fan of the three day work week, I must share with you this startling fact: Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s concert featuring Freya String Quartet and the the Arabesque Winds is only two days away! Two days! It’s a great program that will present works by your favorite Alia Musica composers along with some modern classics by Martinu and Ligeti. The concert is taking place at Chatham University at 7 pm in James Laughlin Center for Music. Tickets are available from Showclix (as well they should be). Here’s the complete info.
None of which is even the best part. As many of you already know, Federico Garcia, director of Alia Musica, was in an automobile accident over the holiday, which required life flight and neck surgery. But I’m happy to say that Federico is healing well and will be at the concert on Sunday. So do make it out if possible and be sure to mention to Federico how glad you are that he is on the mend.
As we prepare for Alia Musica’s performance at the Hear/Now festival, John Arrigo has been observing and assisting rehearsals. Here we sit down and talk about rehearsals, about some of the pieces (including his), etc.
We end up talking a lot about old Igor (Petroushka, Rite of Spring), but somehow manage to never mention his name! Oh, and the winds and the chimes also had a lot to say.
That’s right, Friday may be one of your last opportunities to hear new music before the rapture, so you can be glad that a recital at Duquesne by flutist Deidre Hukcabay and pianist Katie Palumbo will include pieces by our own Federico Garcia, a premiere by Robert Morris (Eastman composer, not the University) and works by James Romig. A good way to say farewell to this cruel world to be sure.
And if you are one of the unlucky ones left behind, don’t miss Pittsburgh-based Freya String Quartet performing a new piece by Sean Neukom. FSQ is a versatile group that moves easily from the classical repertoire to contemporary music to providing the lush accompaniments on Joy Ike’s Rumors album, and it’s great to see them taking root here in the Burgh.
Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, Room 322, Duquesne University
Join flutist Deidre Huckabay and pianist Katie Palumbo for an evening of contemporary music for flute and piano at Duquesne University’s Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, Room 322.
Vynes by Eastman professor Robert Morris (world premiere) Transparencies and Oiseau Miro by James Romig 5, 6, 4, 3, and Fantasia for Piano on a Theme by Bach by Federico Garcia
Sonata in D Major by Sergei Prokofiev