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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...

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...

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