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IonSounds of the Season: Sacred Invocations

ionsound.jpg IonSound Project James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. For more information please visit: www.ionsound.org PITTSBURGH - With the holiday season comes a unique evening of spiritually inspired chamber music presented by the IonSound Project. IonSound Project members Peggy Yoo, Kathleen Costello, Laura Motchalov, Elisa Kohanski, Rob Frankenberry, and Eliseo Rael will be joined by Pittsburgh’s favorite vocalist Daphne Alderson on Monday December 15 from 7:00 -8:00 pm at the James Laughlin Music Center on the campus of Chatham University. The program will feature John Adams’ Christian Zeal and Activity, Zhou Long’s Secluded Orchid, Katherine Hoover’s Winter Spirits, and Pittsburgh area composer Daniel Perttu’s Elusive Unity. Also featured will be a world premiere of Nizan Leibovich’s Avaksha for clarinet, cello and violin. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. For more information please visit: www.ionsound.org. IonSound Project comprises flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski, pianist Rob Frankenberry and percussionist Eliseo Rael. The group was founded in 2004 with a mission 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. IonSound has received critical acclaim for their original programming, fresh approach to contemporary music, and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh. IonSound is Ensemble-in-Residence at University of Pittsburgh, where they work with students and perform the works of graduate students in composition. Daphne Alderson, contralto Daphne’s diverse, eclectic career as lyric contralto includes opera, oratorio, chamber music and cabaret throughout the United States, Canada and Italy. Ms. Alderson has performed with Pittsburgh Opera, Chatham Baroque, Central City Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and Amherst Early Opera. Her roles include Purcell’s Sorceress, Hansel, Isabella, Nicklausse and Handelian and Scarlatti baroque opera roles. A champion of new works, she has premiered the music of John Marcinizyn, Michael Moricz, Enrique Ubieta and Douglas Levine. “Daphne’s voice gives me shivers…she’s really magical, and when she sings in French, you’ll want your sweetheart nearby,” quotes Ted Sohier (WQEDfm, Pittsburgh). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls her, “An artist of dignified passion,” (Handel’s Messiah) and “…beautifully rendered love songs.”

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