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Legendary Pittsburgh guitarist, composer, actor (and music department guitar instructor) Joe Negri’s new choral composition, Magnificat, will be premiered on Saturday, November 17 by the Washington County Arts Choir under the direction of Arnold Brock.

Mathew Rosenblum’s latest CD, Circadian Rhythms, is now available from New World Records. Most the works on the album were composed within the last ten years and three are recorded here for the first time.

Today's front-page story in The Pitt News introduces our three new Department of Music faculty members: musicologists Rachel Mundy and Emily Zazulia and ethnomusicologist Gavin Steingo. Noting how unusual it is for a department to bring in three new faculty members at the same time, the article provides insight into how Mundy, Steingo, and Zazulia understand their respective disciplines and how they envision contributing to the Department’s mission.

In the first year of their Investing in Professional Artists program, the Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation have awarded Amy Williams a $10,000 creative development grant to record her recent chamber music.

Roger Zahab’s Akron Chronogram, a multimedia work commissioned by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, received glowing reviews in both the Akron Beacon Journal and ClevelandClassical.com.

Kerry Clawson of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote,

“Throughout the quickly shifting, 22-minute score, Zahab included mysterious chimes and multiple surprises, including having the musicians stomp their feet rhythmically. Among the most beautiful moments was cellist Michael DeBruyn’s solo, paired with an image of a white moon against a black sky.”

Though he retired in 2009, Don Franklin (Professor of Music, Emeritus) continues to keep up a busy schedule of research and publication. This April, Franklin presented a paper in a Mozart Colloquium held at the Harvard University Music Library.  He was one of 12 participants representing current areas of research in Mozart studies.

If you are looking for new sounds to put on your iPod, look no further! Members of the Department of Music released four new CDs this spring, and they reflect the intellectual and cultural diversity that characterizes Music at Pitt.

The HEAR/NOW Festival of New Sound will unfold over two days, on April 13 and 14, and many Department of Music alumni, students, and faculty will contribute. Federico Garcia (PhD 2006) has played a leading role in organizing the festival in partnership with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the composer performer collective Garcia helped found.

In celebration of Bell Yung’s 31 years of service at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Music has organized a series of events, including a reception on March 23 (by invitation only), a symposium on March 24, and a lecture-recital by Bell Yung on March 26.

Eric Beeko (Ethnomusicology, 2005) has two new publications to his credit spanning 2011 and 2012.

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