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IonSound Project: New works by Pitt Grad Students

ionsound.jpg Pittsburgh-based contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project will present a program of new works by University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Composers. Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free Press Release Pitt’s Department of Music will present new compositions by graduate student composers in collaboration with Pittsburgh contemporary music ensemble IonSound Project. The program will feature works by Mark Fromm, Matt Gillespie, James Ogburn, Matt Heap, Alec Summers, and Kerrith Livengood. Recent Pitt graduate composers and alumni have been actively contributing to Pittsburgh’s cultural life. Several of the composers presenting works on Pitt’s March 31st concert will also have pieces on two concerts by Alia Musica, a composers’ collective founded by Pitt alumnus Federico Garcia. The Alia Musica concerts take place on March 27 and April 1 at Synod Hall. More information can be found at www.alia-musica.org. The Department of Music has had a fruitful collaboration with IonSound Project for several years, both through performances of graduate student compositions and by providing the ensemble with a home base for their innovative programs. The IonSound Project comprises flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski, pianist Rob Frankenberry and percussionist Eliseo Rael. The members represent some of the most in demand young musicians in the Pittsburgh area. Collectively, they perform with such ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Pittsburgh Opera, and many other organizations. IonSound Project seeks to add to Pittsburgh's cultural life by programming innovative concerts, commissioning works of new music, collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, and exploring the boundaries between concert and popular music.

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