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Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free Performances by the Department of Music's outstanding undrgraduates. Featuring music by Bruch, Brahms, Beethoven, and Chopin. Performed by Violinist Danielle Rager, cellist Elizabeth Cook, pianists Brian Hu, Qui Dong Chen, and Katie Farris. Update: Also on the program are Sachem Orenda and and a jazz quintet made up of Mike Robinson (Tenor Sax), Brandon Hang (Trombone), Anthony Joseph (Bass), Jim Holman (piano), and Eric Downs (drums).
Acclaimed Musicologist Joseph Horowitz will try to answer the question during his guest lecture. The event takes place in Room 123, Music Building, free to the public. Joseph Horowitz's talk will explore the American attempt to cultivate an indigenous musical high culture, and how it turned into a "mutation" of the European model. Instead of attaining a grounding American canon of symphonies, sonatas,and operas, classical music in the US remains grounded in masterpieces by dead Europeans. Not the composer, but the performer — the famous conductor, pianist, or orchestra — has defined American classical music. In the 20th century,...
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium carpathian_ens.jpg Carpathian Ensemble rocks the house at Your Inner Vagabond, March 17, 2009. Adriana Helbig, Director, and the Carpathian Ensemble perform of Gypsy, Armenian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, Macedonian, and Klezmer music.
309, Bellefield Hall, free Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork in Japan and the United States throughout the 1990s, this paper will describe an electronic music genre called Noise within the transpacific loops of its circulation during this period. I describe Noise as part of a technological production of "feedback" that transforms the circulation of popular music through the subjective emplacements of its listeners. When we tune into feedback, we move our models of musical culture away from narratives of national identities, youth subcultures or local music scenes, stressing instead the sonic experiences of circulation as they are interpreted by its myriad subjects. Feedback experiments with the possibilities of selfhood in the...

Music, Memory and Nostagia

a two-day conference in conjunction with the Rediscovering Rachmaninoff festival presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, The University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences, and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra * Free admission to conference. * For information on purchasing concert tickets, visit
William Pitt Union-Dining Room A echoes.jpg Featuring lectures by ( pictured L-R) Ingrid Furniss, Bell Yung, Bo Lawergren, and a recital by harpist and kugo player Tomoko Sugawara. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Music Department
132, Music Building, free Reception to follow Update: This event has been moved from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13. Abstract: Dramatic new developments in population genetics, genetic anthropology and archaeology suggest that our earliest fully "modern" ancestors originated in Africa between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago, and that a small band migrated from that continent to Asia between 90,000 and 60,000 years ago, destined to populate the rest of the world with its descendants. This, the so-called "Out-of-Africa" paradigm, has opened the door to all sorts of new possibilities for research on human culture during a period that is increasingly being referred to as "deep history." Drawing on experience gained during my...
Music Building, Room 132 FREE Composer Paolo Cavallone will give a free talk on his music this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Music Building. Cavallone will be in Pittsburgh this weekend to hear clarinetist Jean Kopperud and pianist Stephen Gosling give the premiere of his composition (Dis)tensioni as part of Rated X: A Recital of Premieres for Music on the Edge.

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