University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

The end of 2009 has brought much-deserved recognition to Music on the Edge and IonSound Project, the music department's most prominent contemporary music endeavors.

February 28, 2010 - 7:00pm

Roger Zahab leads the MOTE Chamber orchestra in works by Mauricio Kagel, Stefan Wolpe, and Roger Zahab with premieres by Anthony Coleman Amy Williams.

Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors, $10. Pitt students free with valid ID.

Chatham University will celebrate the Global Focus Year of West Africa at the Sounds of Africa Music Festival, Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Pauline Rovkah, professor of music and the festival director, has assembled Pittsburgh's finest music scholars and musicians for an incredible weekend of free events in the James Laughlin Music Hall. For more information contact Pauline Rovkah at 412-365-1676 or The festival will include discussions and performances by Pitt Department of Music faculty including Akin Euba, Eric Moe, and Roger Zahab, alumni Anicet Mundundu and members of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and current graduate students Oyebade Dosunmu, Charles Lwanga, and Ayo Oluranti. Here is the...

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD, 2002) created the score and produced the music for Will Zavala's short documentary Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public. The film is one of four documentaries commissioned by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and funded by the Heinz Endowments. Each brief documentary celebrates a past PCA Artist of the Year and will be shown continuously in the Center's video room during their opening to introduce current Artist of the Year, Tim Kaulen. The opening takes place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Friday, September 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5 and PCA members get in free...

132 Music Building, free Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year Richard Danielpour will speak about his recent works.
January 9, 2010 - 8:00pm

Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum will continue their highly successful collaboration beginning this January with a concert by the New York/Chicago-based International Contemporary Ensemble.


November 1, 2009 - 7:00pm


The Department of Music’s Ensemble-in-Residence performs music by Gustav Mahler, Philip Thompson, and Maurice Ravel with contralto Daphne Alderson and video artist Chris Ivey.

October 18, 2009 - 3:00pm

Ayo Oluranti, organ with music by G.F. Handel and Ayo Oluranti, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

Call 412-624-4157 for ticket information

October 13, 2009 - 8:00pm

Mathew Rosenblum's new work, The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata), was premiered by the Calmus Vocal Ensemble of Leipzig and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet on September 10 at The Niedersächsische Musiktage (Lower Saxony Music Festival) in Hameln Germany. The piece was also performed at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig on October 25 as part of the Calmus Ensembles' 10th Anniversary concert. The Calmus Ensemble is the recent recipient of the 2009 ECHO KLASSIK Award, the German Grammy.

According to Rosenblum,

"The Big Rip uses the basic...

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