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Updated with video: If you're running in Pittsburgh's Great Race on Sunday, you'll get a pick-me-up around the three-mile mark as you pass Pitt's Music Building. The Carpathian Ensemble, led by Adriana Helbig, will be on the front lawn cheering on racers with their unique brand of immigrant folk funk. We have some video of the group rehearsing posted to our Facebook page, (which, by the way, you can like). Run strong and enjoy the music!

Mathew Rosenblum, Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh and Chair of the Department of Music, was recently awarded a prestigious Barlow Endowment commission. In considering 106 applications, the endowment granted commissions to eleven composers.

The Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for two faculty positions to begin September 1, 2012, pending budgetary approval. The appointments will be made at the level of Assistant Professor in the tenure stream.

Positions: Musicologists whose scholarship shows promise of being at the forefront of research in music before 1800 or after 1900.

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music Akin Euba will retire at the end of the 2011 spring semester, so on March 15 colleagues, students, alumni, and family gathered together to celebrate and share good wishes as he enters the next phase in his career.

Akin Euba’s retirement celebration reflected all the elements of his storied career as a scholar, composer, and performer. During his 18 years with the Department of Music, he has fostered the field of creative musicology, led the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College (Cambridge University) and mentored ethnomusicology students who have gone on to lead the field in their own rights. ...

Professor of ethnomusicology Andrew Weintraub has made several recent appearances on Indonesian TV and radio in support of his latest book entitled Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia’s Most Popular Music (Oxford 2010).

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.

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