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ionsound.jpg Music of Adams, Glass, Reich, Satie, Pärt, and Riley featuring the visual art of Chuck Biddle Bellefield Hall Auditorium General admission $10, student/senior admission $5. Tickets available at the door. Press Release PITTSBURGH-IonSound Project, the University of Pittsburgh's first music...
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mattshepherd.jpg  Last December, members of the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered my short work Entremets for 14 winds and 2 percussionists. In the midst of Mendelssohn and Brahms, it was a little out of place—like some odd second cousin to the two great composers’ works. entremets.mp3 The story of how this little piece came to be is somewhat amusing, and at the request of Philip Thompson, I’m writing it here.
Since my first première two years ago—a breakneck performance by Rob Frankenberry of my piano solo My Green Malady II—I’ve had over a dozen works (and over two hours of music) performed at Pitt. For my senior project in music, then, it seemed natural to organize a full-length concert of my own works, and with the help of Phil Thompson and Roger Zahab, this event—which I wouldn’t have considered possible three years ago—is actually happening. The concert, entitled “A Love Affair with Sound,” will take place on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Oakland. It will be free and open to the public. Performers will include Sarah Albani, Callah Antonetti, Ben Harris, Emily Hawkins, Dave Hidek, Jess Hohman, Joe Liu...
ALIA MUSICA Pittsburgh presents... ...a trumpet and a harp... Vivaldi and jazz... double reeds and string quartet... a bass clarinet and a suspended cymbal... an insistent tritone and a woodwind chorale Sounds interesting? Well, I'm delighted to write here in the Pitt music blog, and to invite everyone to attend this concerts. Alia Musica is an 'independent' ensemble, but it actually stemmed from Pitt and still features most of Pitt's composition grads.
ionsoundcasual1.jpg Bellefield Hall Auditorium General admission $10, student/senior admission $5 (under 15 free), Pitt students free available at the door.
ionsound.jpg Pittsburgh-based contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project will present a program of new works by University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Composers. Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free Press Release Pitt’s Department of Music will present new compositions by graduate student composers in collaboration with Pittsburgh contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project. The program will feature works by Mark Fromm, Matt Gillespie, James...

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