University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

March 25, 2012 - 7:00pm

IonSound Project  and guest composer/performer Emily Pinkerton play super-charged avant-pop.

April 2, 2012 - 8:00pm

“…the virtuosity was nothing short of jaw-dropping…” —The Miami Herald

Music on the Edge concludes its 2011–12 season with the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performing a tribute concert to Hungarian composer György Kurtág. The duo comprises pianist Helena Bugallo and composer/ pianist Amy Williams, who is also a Pitt faculty composer.

March 17, 2012 - 8:00pm

The Firebird Ensemble presents Curtis Hughes's Danger Garden (2006), Lee Hyla's My Life on the Plains (2010), and two works by Eric Moe: Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past (2009) and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (2011).

“Firebird flies…” —The Boston Globe

February 25, 2012 - 10:00pm

Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum

The JACK Quartet premieres Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ new string quartet, Richter Textures.

"Mind-blowingly good...” —The Los Angeles Times

January 14, 2012 - 8:00pm

Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum will co-present the League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS for short) on Saturday, January 14 at the Warhol Museum Theater. The concert will feature Two Hands for viola and percussion by LotUS co-director Ken Ueno, Sofia Gubaidulina's masterful trio Quasi Hoquetus, and two world premieres: Pittsburgh composer Mathew Rosenblum’s Two Harmonies for viola, percussion and piano, and LotUS co-director David Smooke’s Topographies: transit/dis(solve) for bassoon and piano. Rosenblum's Two Harmonies will be performed together with Not Only, a video...

November 20, 2011 - 7:00pm

Sight meets sound in IonSound Project's second program of the season, “From the Mundane to the Macabre.”  Packed with world premieres, this concert represents the first installment of IonSound’s Leaving a Legacy project--a fundraising initiative to finance new compositions.

November 4, 2011 - 8:00pm

The works of Morton Feldman occupy a vital place in the American experimental tradition, not just within the music world.  Feldman was very often inspired by non-musical sources, including Persian rugs, abstract expressionist paintings by Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, and texts of Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara.

November 3, 2011 - 8:00pm

The works of Morton Feldman occupy a vital place in the American experimental tradition, not just within the music world. Feldman was very often inspired by non-musical sources, including Persian rugs, abstract expressionist paintings by Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, and texts of Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara.

April 1, 2011 - 4:00pm

Co-citation Contour Maps and Aleatoric Space in Louis Couperin’s Unmeasured Prelude(s) in F Major

In the Sunday, January 23rd edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, classical music critic Andy Druckenbrod gave an extensive profile on Music on the Edge, the Department's contemporary music series now in its 20th year.

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