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In the Sunday, January 23rd edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, classical music critic Andy Druckenbrod gave an extensive profile on Music on the Edge, the Department's contemporary music series now in its 20th year.

Professor Bell Yung will give a talk as part of Asian Studies Center's Asia Over Lunch series on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The talk takes place at noon in room 4130 of Wesley W. Posvar Hall and is open to the public. Particpants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. About the prensentation, Yung says,

"In 1975 Hong Kong, I had a fortuitous encounter with the last of China’s professional blind singers and recorded 40 hours of his music and 10 hours of our conversation. I first reported on the project at Pitt 30 years ago. Now, after ten publications, I can share images and recording excerpts that no print publication can express with technology that did not exist at that time....

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum’s presentation of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) was chosen as one of Pittsburgh’s top ten classical concerts of 2010 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Post-Gazette classical music critic Andy Druckenbrod compiles the annual list, which this year included concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others.

Department of Music Chair Mathew Rosenblum is entering a busy season that will include two premieres and a residency. Rosenblum will be a Featured Guest Composer at the Festival of Contemporary American Music in Sacramento where his piece Throat will be premiered by Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor on November 12.

Andrew Weintraub’s newest book, Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music has been released by Oxford University Press.

Joe Negri

Pittsburgh jazz legend and Department of Music guitar instructor Joe Negri has released his new CD, Dream Dancing, on the Noteworthy Jazz label. Drummer Thomas Wendt and bassist Brian Stahurski join Negri as he explores classics like Porter’s Dream Dancing and Monk’s Round Midnight, Negri’s own You Are All, a medley of Johnny Mandel Songs, and much more.

Dream Dancing si now available for purchase through CDBaby. Congratulations to Joe Negri on his latest offering!

Leon Lee Dorsey was one of several jazz luminaries on hand for the opening of Oberlin Conservatory’s new jazz facility, the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building. Dorsey took part in ceremonies honoring Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby, including a free concert at Oberlin’s famed Finney Chapel.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured music department graduate Ken Haney in an article about how the passage of healthcare reform will affect individual Pittsburghers and small business owners. Haney, a clarinetist and member of our Carpathian Ensemble,

“… has multiple sclerosis. He is being kept relatively functional by monthly infusions that cost $3,000 each, paid for by Medicaid because he couldn't get health insurance due to his pre-existing condition. He wants to work full time, but if he earns more than $200 a month he won't qualify for Medicaid. Without treatment, he'll become too disabled to work.”

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...

When I recently met with Visiting Professor of Music John A. Rice in his office he was laboring over digitizing old microforms. The scanning process was not working quite how he expected, with only parts of the document showing up in the digital files. Rice was frustrated by the setback, but undaunted. And why should he be? Rescuing important information from obscurity is a big part of what he does as a musicologist, whether the goal is to strengthen the content of his graduate seminar or bring the work of an unjustly neglected 18th century composer back into the repertoire.

The Department of Music decided to invite Professor Rice as a visiting Professor in order to fill in some of the gaps left by the retirements of Professors Mary Lewis and Don Franklin. He brings...

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