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Composition and Theory

Firebird Ensemble recently released an album devoted to music by Professor of composition and theory Eric Moe. The CD, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, takes its name from one of the evocatively titled compositions contained on the disc.

This fall, Dr. Neil Newton joined the Department of Music as a lecturer in music theory. Tasked with leading both graduate seminars in analysis and undergraduate core theory classes, Newton’s innovative teaching style is already making an impact.

An upcoming concert by Alia Music Pittsburgh will feature Department of Music alumni and current graduate students. The program will include the world premieres of works of composition and theory graduate students Matt Aelmore (East Liberty for organ and vibraphone) and Aaron Brooks (Tempo Chorale and Tune).

This Friday night (October 4th) is the first Pitt Night at the Symphony hosted by Pitt Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall! The 2013–14 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season opens with one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carmina Burana.

October 11, 2013 - 4:00pm

Dr. Neil Newton, Lecturer in Music Theory in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, will give a lecture titled “The Inner Life of Harmonies: An Examination of the Middle Voice in Pop, Classical, and Early Post-Tonal Music.” 

September 23, 2013 - 8:00pm

Entelechron (Roger Zahab, violin; David Russell, cello; and Robert Frankenberry, piano) will perform music by Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons and Toru Takemitsu. The concert is free to the public.

April 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

Department of Music Ensemble in Residence IonSound Project premieres new works by Pitt Graduate Student Composers.

March 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

IonSound Project’s spring residency concert at Pitt will include a wide array of music from Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel to the pop sensibilities of Telephone Book by Michael Torke. The program also includes Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza VIII for solo violin, John Mackey’s Breakdown Tango, and Jonathan Kolm’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano.

March 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

Copresented by The Andy Warhol Museum

"...remarkably concentrated performances assuring that future JACK events will be drop-everything-and-go occasions."
The Philadelphia Enquirer

February 22, 2014 - 8:00pm

Music on the Edge has gathered an all-star lineup of performers to present three works by the underappreciated avant-garde composer Burr Van Nostrand. The program takes place on Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh Campus.

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