University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: NOW Ensemble (Updated)

nowelevate.jpg Music on the Edge presents NOW Ensemble “…NYC’s NOW Ensemble… works experimental, chamber-music miracles…” — L.A. City Beat Bellefield Hall Auditorium Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts: $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors, Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door: $15 and $8 Pitt students: Free with ID.  Press Release NOW Ensemble is a dynamic young group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. Featuring Alex Sopp on flute, Sara Phillips on clarinet, Mark Dancigers on electric guitar, Michael Mizrahi on piano, and Peter Rosenfeld on double bass, NOW brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflects the diverse backgrounds and listening experiences of its members. Composers Patrick Burke (a Pittsburgh native), Judd Greenstein, and Mark Dancigers contribute works specifically for the ensemble. Since its inception NOW Ensemble has racked up an impressive slate of accomplishments. The group performed as part of the ZOOM: Composers Close Up series at Merkin Hall, and was a guest at the Look & Listen Festival at Chelseaʼs Robert Miller Gallery. NOW has been the featured ensemble at the Carlsbad Music Festival, performed at the Crane Arts Center in Philadelphia, with the Fireworks Ensemble, at the Wave Hill Cultural Center, BAM Café, and for the Bang on a Can Marathon in New Yorkʼs World Financial Center. NOW Ensemble's program for Music on the Edge will highlight Pittsburgh composer Patrick Burke's All Together Now and Awake. Co-founder and co-artistic director of NOW Ensemble, Burke has composed for ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and eighth blackbird. NOW's Pittsburgh performance will also include Judd Greenstein's Free Speech Zone, Mark Dancigers' Cloudbank, Missy Mazzoli's Magic With Everyday Objects  and William Brittelle's Michael Jackson. The concert takes place on Saturday, November 22 at Bellefield Hall Auditorium (315 S. Bellefield Avenue) at 8 p.m.  Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door are $15 and $8. Pitt students are admitted free with ID. Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, Music on the Edge is co-directed by Pitt faculty composers Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenbmlum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding visiting artists from around the world.

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