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Composition and Theory

During Marcos Balter's year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory he has seen over twenty performances of his works, including three world premieres and some glowing reviews. Raw Item, for oboe and small ensemble, received performances by the Manhattan Sinfonietta at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York and at the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard. Matthew Guerrieri of The Boston Globe noted that “…Raw Item had both intricate clarity and a convincing trajectory”. Matthias Röder of Zeitschichten Magazine described Raw Item as "the most exciting and refreshing piece on the program" and described Balter's music as "agile, flexible, delicate, and fragile."
Doctoral candidate James Ogburn and Federico Garcia (PhD 2006) will have compositions performed by the American Composers Orchestra at the ACO/Penn Reading Sessions and Lab in Philadelphia on April 16-17. Both Ogburn and Garcia are founding members of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, for which Garcia serves as Artistic Director, and each has amassed significant professional and scholarly achievements in recent years and months.
Graduate composer Mark Fromm's composition Geode will be read during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's student reading sessions. PSO Composer of the Year John Adams selected Fromm's work along with works by student composers from Duquesne, CMU, and West Virginia University. The works will be conducted by John Adams and Ed Cumming and Adams will give each composer feedback. Mark Fromm describes Geode as,
Music department faculty composer Amy Williams and Helena Bugallo will give the premiere of Williams' new composition Crossings for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society this Sunday. Williams was one of four composers commissioned by the Chamber Music Society in celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. Other composers commissioned include David Stock, Albert Glinsky, and Pitt PhD student Mark Fromm.
Here's a preview from the Pitt News on the IonSound/KnotDance collaboration. IonSound Project and Knot Dance perform Sunday night a 7 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium.
The Department of Music presents two events today: Joshua Rifkin and new music by Graduate Composers. First, Joshua Rifkin speaks on Bach's Mass in B Minor at 4 p.m. in room 132 of the Music Building.
IonSound Project will be guest artists at the next Pitt Arts Arts Encounter luncheon on Monday, March 2 from noon–1 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.
Violinist Mary Rowell and pianist Geoffrey Burleson perform for Music on the Edge at the Warhol  on Saturday Night (details). Here's a recent e-mail interview with Mary and Geoff cross-posted from Pittsburgh New Music Net. PNMN: Your Music on the Edge program at the Warhol covers a really wide range of styles, from Vincent Persichetti to Arvo Pärt to Amy Kohn… those are three very different artists right there. Do you see any overarching theme for the program or was the goal more to represent the variety of contemporary music? MR: Our programming is...


Music Building, Room 132 FREE Composer Paolo Cavallone will give a free talk on his music this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Music Building. Cavallone will be in Pittsburgh this weekend to hear clarinetist Jean Kopperud and pianist Stephen Gosling give the premiere of his composition (Dis)tensioni as part of Rated X: A Recital of Premieres for Music on the Edge.

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