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Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble, founded and directed by Professor of Ethnomusicology Adriana Helbig, is featured this week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It's an extensive article and you will want to read the whole thing, but here's a snippet that provides good insight into what the Carpathian Ensemble is all about. According to Helbig,

"[The music school] said I could start whatever ensemble I wanted. I looked at what I knew, and what would fit with Pittsburgh — there are so many Eastern European immigrants in this area — and instead of going country by country, I decided to choose the name 'Carpathian' which is regional. It includes Hungary, Slovakia,...

negri_092209.jpg Pittsburgh jazz legend (and music department guitar instructor) Joe Negri will perform with trumpeter Sean Jones in a program titled "Generations: a Jazz Discovery" tonight, downtown, at the Cabaret Theater. You can hear Joe and Sean play at 7:30 or 9:30.

William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room Beverley Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Music and Ethnomusicology Mike Madison, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh Damien Pwono, Executive Director of Global Initiative on Culture and Society, The Aspen Institute Andrew Weintraub, Associate Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh Bell Yung, Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh
Assistant professor of music and Humanities Center Fellow Adriana Helbig will discuss  Cathedral of Learning 526, free

Mathew Rosenblum's new work, The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata), was premiered by the Calmus Vocal Ensemble of Leipzig and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet on September 10 at The Niedersächsische Musiktage (Lower Saxony Music Festival) in Hameln Germany. The piece was also performed at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig on October 25 as part of the Calmus Ensembles' 10th Anniversary concert. The Calmus Ensemble is the recent recipient of the 2009 ECHO KLASSIK Award, the German Grammy.

According to Rosenblum,

"The Big Rip uses the basic...

4130 Posvar Hall, free Anna Nisnevich, Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Pittsburgh, In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Opera's production of ‘Eugene Onegin' co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Center for Russian and East European Studies4130 Posvar Hall, free Anna Nisnevich, Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Pittsburgh, In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Opera's production of ‘Eugene Onegin' co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Center for Russian and East European Studies

Courtesy of Natalie and  Eugene Phillips, the Department of Music now owns a clavichord. Donated by the Phillips from their personal collection, the clavichord will be a welcome addition to a departmental  collection which already includes two fine harpsichords. Popular from the 14th through the 18th centuries, the clavichord produces a much subtler, softer sound then its contemporary, the harpsichord. And while we expect that the instrument will be used primarily by our piano students, no doubt some ambitious young composers will come up with novel applications for their original scores.
Spring is always a time of change and transition for any academic institution, but that change is more acute than ever as the Department of Music wishes a fond farewell to Professors of Musicology Don Franklin and Mary Lewis. Professors Franklin and Lewis have been pioneers in their fields, of Bach scholarship and Medieval and Renaissance music respectively, and intellectual anchors in the life of the music department. There is no doubt that their contributions to and passion for the Department's goals will be sorely missed. The Department of Music held a celebration for Professor Franklin in January and for Professor Lewis in April. Both professors were joined by family members, former staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrators from the University for time to...

Spring is always a time of change and transition for any academic institution, but that change is more acute than ever as the Department of Music wishes a fond farewell to Professors of Musicology Don Franklin and Mary Lewis.

Update:  The Boston Globe reviewed Moe's Kick & Ride. You can read the full review online here.

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