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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette critic Andrew Druckenbrod profiles faculty composer Eric Moe's recent string of successes in today's edition. From the article:
During Marcos Balter's year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory he has seen over twenty performances of his works, including three world premieres and some glowing reviews. Raw Item, for oboe and small ensemble, received performances by the Manhattan Sinfonietta at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York and at the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard. Matthew Guerrieri of The Boston Globe noted that “…Raw Item had both intricate clarity and a convincing trajectory”. Matthias Röder of Zeitschichten Magazine described Raw Item as "the most exciting and refreshing piece on the program" and described Balter's music as "agile, flexible, delicate, and fragile."
carpathianpor.jpg Adriana Helbig is pictured above (center) with the members of Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble.
Music department faculty composer Amy Williams and Helena Bugallo will give the premiere of Williams' new composition Crossings for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society this Sunday. Williams was one of four composers commissioned by the Chamber Music Society in celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. Other composers commissioned include David Stock, Albert Glinsky, and Pitt PhD student Mark Fromm.
Doctoral candidate in musicology Dan Grimminger is director of the Mount Union College Department of Music's  Church Music Symposium. This year's symposium takes place on October 25 and focuses on Bach the Theologian. Several members of Pitt's music department will give talks at the symposium, including Professor of musicology Don Franklin, doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology Dorcinda Knauth, and alumni Mark Peters (PhD '03) and Ann Labounsky (PhD '91). For more information you can contact Dr. Daniel J. Grimminger, Obl.O.S.B. Mount Union College 330.309.3303 cell
The City Paper features the music department's new Assistant professor in ethnomusicology Adriana Helbig  in this week's edition.

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