University of Pittsburgh


March 26, 2012 - 4:30pm

Professor Bell Yung will give a lecture recital on "Qin Music and the Confucian Cardinal Human Relationship of Friendship: Selections from the 15th-century Repertoire"

The repertoire of the instrument qin (pronounced “chin”), or guqin (ancient qin), embodies China’s three major religious-philosophical systems of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Eric Beeko (Ethnomusicology, 2005) has two new publications to his credit spanning 2011 and 2012.

February 27, 2012 - 5:00pm

The music department will host a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet with the subjects of the documentary, the band Accrassicauda. Rolling Stone writes,

March 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

The symposium will report on recent research in the areas of Asian and American music by scholars from the U.S. and elsewhere. It assembles eight of Bell Yung’s former students to celebrate his 31 years of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, together with four of his current students.

Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Benjamin Pachter is currently in the midst of a busy travel schedule while conducting fieldwork for his dissertation. A current recipient of the Andrew W.


 Travel to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, & Austria! May 20–June 5, 2012


Ethnomusicology graduate student Indra Ridwan has many accomplishments to celebrate this fall. His article on Sundanese children’s songs “Kakawihan Barudak Sunda: Sundanese Children’s Songs of West Java, Indonesia” was recently published as the lead article in the journal Asian Musicology [17(1), 2011: 7-52].

Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Meng Ren will give a talk at the Next Asia Over Lunch Meeting titled "'Why Are the Flowers So Beautiful?' Changing Cultural Policies for a United Chinese Identity." Ren's talks takes place on at 4130 Posvar Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy. 

Music major Trent Cunningham successfully defended his Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) thesis entitled “Psychadelic Orientalism: Representations of India in the Music of the Beatles” on November 1, 2011. In the thesis, Trent shows how the grouping together of psychedelic drugs and Indian music in the British and American popular imagination was made possible by the music of the Beatles during the mid-1960s.

The Carpathian Music Ensemble will perform as part of a series of Fabergé education programs presented by the Frick Art Museum auditorium (Point Breeze) on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Fabergé exhibit at the Frick that runs until January 15.

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