The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music makes its debut today (May 22) and Department of Music alumni and faculty are playing key roles. Alia Musica Pittsburgh and director Federio Garcia (PhD 2006) initiated the PFNM and led the organization and funding efforts required for this complex series of events. The festival will also feature performances by the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, cofounded by David Gerard Matthews (PhD 2011), Black Orchid String Trio (featuring alumae Jennifer Sternick on violin) The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (with faculty composer Amy Williams), and music by faculty composer Eric Moe.
Multiple Department of Music connections notwithstanding, the PFNM will present works by many luminaries of the contemporary music world. The Festival launches with Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives, being presented throughout the city on Thursday, Frederic Rzewski performing his own compositions for piano, and John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for 99 percussionists.
See the complete Pittsburgh Festival of New Music schedule here and take in as many concerts as you can!