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Composition and Theory

Two Department of Music alumni received individual artist grants through the Investing in Professional Artists program (pdf), a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

The New York premiere of Mathew Rosenblum’s Falling received critical acclaim in The New York Times and New York Classical Review.  The New York New Music Ensemble performed Falling in a concert honoring the late composer Lee Hyla, a close friend of Rosenblum’s.

Eric Moe’s year of significant accomplishments was punctuated by an inaugural lecture for his recent appointment as Mellon Professor of Music and the release of his latest all-Moe album

Faculty composer Amy Williams has been named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. Williams was one of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from a pool of over 3100 applicants. She intends to spend her fellowship year composing three new pieces and recording a second album of music devoted to her compositions.

April 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Senior Music Major Hamid Campbell will perform a recital of original compositions, including Suite for String Quartet in D minor, Meditations for Violin and Piano, Waltz in E minor

March 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

Senior Music Major Eric Gratta (cello/composition) will give a recital of chamber music featuring his original compositons. The program will also include works by Roger Zahab, Claude Debussy, and Edouard Lalo.

On Sunday night at the Warhol, Mathew Rosenblum's Ostatnia Runda (for amplified string quartet and six percussionists) brought the Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival to a resouding conclusion. From February 27–March 1, audeinces packed venues at Pitt and the Warhol for three concerts and two symposia that explored the full range of what has become known as microtonal music.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has published an extensive feature on this weekend's Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival in their Weeknd Magazine. According to the P-G's Liz Bloom,

February 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

Eric Moe, recently appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, will give an inaugural lecture titled "Danger: Giant Frogs; Some Recent Music with Remarks by the Composer." Moe will discuss and perform compositions including Grande Étude Brillante and The Weasel of Melancholy.

January 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

Composer Mohammed Fairouz will talk about his composition, Sumeida’s Song, which will be performed by the Pittsburgh Opera on February 21, 24, 27, and March 1, 2015.

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