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Andrew Weintraub and Daniel Meyer with the PSO in 2008

Andrew Weintraub (l) and Daniel Meyer (r) at Heinz Hall in

This past March the University Gamelan, directed by Andrew Weintraub, performed a concert with the Erie Philharmonic as part of Edinboro University’s Friends of Music Concert Series. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic performed William P. Alexander’s Winter Solstice: Images From a Journey, and Debussy’s La Mer. The inclusion of Pitt’s gamelan on a program with Debussy...

For Pitt's Department of Music, the end of each semester is always full of wonderful music in diverse styles, and this spring is no exception. The Carpathian Ensemble performed on March 26 at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and this video captures the group's lively performance of Chaje Shukarije (Beautfiul Girl). Enjoy!

April 13, 2010 - 12:00pm

You are cordially invited to an ethnomusicology lecture presented by Eliot Bates, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, titled "What is a halay dance? The Collaborative Production of Meanings on Turkish Social Networking Sites."

Eliot Bates is a scholar of music and technology, broadly conceived. While working as a professional recording engineer, Dr. Bates became interested in examining the effect that digital audio workstation recording workflows had on conceptualizations of creativity, composition, and music itself, and the impact that such workflows had on instrumental and vocal performance practices in many genres, including Anatolian traditional and arts musics, Western classical, rock, and electroacoustic genres.

Yuko Eguchi, a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology, received an Outstanding Paper Award at Pitt’s 2010 Grad Expo for her presentation, "The Art of the Geisha: Constructing Feminine Identity and Social Class." The paper is part of Eguchi’s dissertation research that she expects to defend in April of 2011. In her paper, Eguchi focuses on geishas' music and dance and shows how geisha arts deal not only with women’s feelings of sensuality and femininity, but also of powerless in a male-dominated society. She argues that the geisha song form kouta enabled geisha to “distinguish themselves as desirable women among higher class men” and ultimately to “construct their identities and raise their social status.”

Congratulations to Yuko and to all the Department’s grad students...

Pitt's Asian Studies Center will host a book launch for The Flower Princess (Di Nü Hua): A Cantonese Opera, translated, edited and introduced by Bell Yung, assisted in translation by Sonia Ng and Katherine Carlitz. The book launch takes place on Friday, April 2, from 4–6 p.m. in Room 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall at University of Pittsburgh.

The Flower Princess is the first Cantonese opera script to be translated into English. Dramatizing the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644, this opera intertwines themes of ethnic identity, heroic loyalty, and romantic love. Since its composition in 1957, The Flower Princess has been memorized by devoted fans and has...

April 9, 2010 - 8:00pm

Dangdut superstar Ikke Nurjanah joins Pittsburgh's own Indonesian pop band The Dangdut Cowboys for one concert at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Ikke Nurjanah (born Hartini Erpi Nurjanah on May 18, 1974 in Jakarta) is one of Indonesia’s most prominent and successful dangdut singers and television celebrities. Dangdut is dance music rooted in Indonesia and inspired by Malay, Indian, Middle Easter, Latin, American, and British pop music. Ikke belongs to a national class of glamorous and talented singers who began popularizing dangdut on national television in the 1990s.

April 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

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.

The Carpathian Music Ensemble, led by Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Helbig, will join the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble for the world premiere of The Bayan Player on Saturday February 6, 2010, 3 p.m. at Andrew Carnegie Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The Bayan Player is an original Ukrainian Folk ballet about a village put under the spell of an angry witch, the young woman on a mission to save them, and the bayan player with the power to do so!

For complete details about the event visit the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble home page.

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Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble performs music from "The Bayan Player."

Dr. E. Kwadwo O. Beeko (PhD 2005) will give a lecture for the African Studies program Thursday, January 28, 2010 for the African Studies Center  on African musical Practices: Journeying from the Traditional to the Global. The talk will take place in Room 4130 Posvar Hall from 5-7 p.m. According to Beeko,

"Many scholars have apparently embraced as almost obvious the standpoint that most of what is unique about African and African Diaspora musical cultures is credited to the persistence of an African heritage. This lecture discusses the conceptual approaches to the process of music making, and  shows how these elements can be identified, by examining and analyzing various forms or modes of cultural representation that are employed in the musical performances...

April 10, 2010 - 8:00pm

This evening of gamelan and dance of West Java will feature guest artist Ening Rumbini.

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.

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