Each spring the music department's ensembles offer an embarrassment of musical riches with a flurry of concerts at the end of the semester. This semester is no different with some exciting highlights for all our events. First of all, you can download a quick summary of music department events from now until the end of the semester in pdf format here (3.5 MB). Second, check back at our blog frequently for updates and follow-up posts with audio excerpts. Now here are some highlights to expect over the next ten days or so. Click the links for details about each concert.
First up is the University Gamelan Ensemble. The Gamelan concert will feature outstanding Indonesian guest artists including contemporary composer Nano Suratno, dancer Ening Rumbini, singer Rita Tila and a special performance by Pitt's own Indonesian rock band the Dangdut Cowboys. When's the last time you heard Your Cheatin' Heart in Indonesian? As a bonus, you'll also find out that Bellefield Hall Auditorium is one of the best small rock venues in Pittsburgh (not to brag or anything).
UPDATE: Read Ashlee Green's preview of the Gamelan concert in the Pitt News.
Heinz Chapel Choir has a large and dedicated following and as usual, their spring concert is free to the public, so no scrambling to get tickets the way we do for the holiday concerts. The choir will perform an eclectic program of sacred and secular music that includes selections such as Flanders Fields by Paul Aitken, Cantate Domino (Lithuania) by Vytautas Miskinis, Certain'y Lord (spiritual), arranged by Stacey Gibbs; Beautiful Dreamer by Foster/Shaw-Parker; The Shadow of Your Smile by Mandell/Shaw; O Danny Boy (Ireland) and With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles), arranged by Peter Gritton.
Pitt's Symphony Orchestra has been on semester-long journey through Mahler's massive and massively difficult sixth symphony. Having performed the first movement in February and the second and third movements in March, the orchestra will perform the work in its entirety for their April 16 concert along with the premiere of graduate composer Benjamin Harris' Cartoon Landscape.
Pitt's Jazz Ensemble will give its annual concert on Friday, April 18, and please note that this is a DATE CHANGE from what we published in the spring brochure. The concert will feature trombonist Curtis Fuller and trumpeter Michael Mossman along with outstanding student musicians.
The Men's Glee Club, fresh from their performance at the 43rd Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus National Seminar in Vienna, Virginia, will give a concert that features a newly commissioned work by composer David N. Childs along with music by Liszt, Hummel, and Morley, plus spirituals and barbershop classics.
And last but not least, our African Music and Dance Ensemble, on hiatus during the fall term, will hold a free, open house on Saturday, April 19th at Bellefield Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m.