Events for Friday, March 21

On Friday March, 21 the Department of Music presents a colloquium by composer Jeremy Beck and a concert featuring the innovative contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project. A Colloquium with Composer and Lawyer Jeremy Beck Composers, Sampling and Copyright: Does “Thou Shalt Not Steal” Infringe on Creativity? 132 Music Building, 4 p.m., free Reception to follow From the abstract: A new bright-line rule in copyright law in the Sixth Circuit digital sampling case of Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films (decided in 2004 and re-articulated in June 2005) demonstrates little understanding or knowledge of the history of composition or the methodology of composers. IonSound Project Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. General admission $10, student/senior admission $5 (under 15 free), Pitt students free Tickets available at the door. Actor Ben Greenstone joins the IonSound Project for a concert of chamber music and dramatic readings. The program will feature Dennis Tobenski’s Songs of Love and Madness, Erik Satie’s Sports et Divertissements, Jeremy Beck’s September Music, and the premiere of Pittsburgh composer Philip Thompson’s Trouble. The group continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of composer Olivier Messiaen’s birth with a performance of his Theme and Variations for violin and piano.