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We are pleased to announce that The University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club has been invited to participate in the 43rd Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus National Seminar in Vienna, Virginia. The seminar will take place March 27th-29th and is hosted by the Washington Men's Camerata and the U.S. Army Chorus. The seminar will feature choruses from universities all over the country, including University of Michigan, Rutgers, and University of Miami, to name only a few.
Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will launch a series of concerts featuring important violin concertos of the early 20th century, including Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (1916–17), Sibelius’ Violin Concerto (1903–04), And Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto (1911). Outstanding student musicians Ian Chow and Joe Liu will perform the Prokofiev and Sibelius concerti on February 6 and 20 respectively, while Pittsburgh Symphony member Laura Motchalov will perform the Nielsen on March 26.
simsproc.jpg We were hoping to have this in time for the Music on the Edge Concert devoted to Ezra Sims and his music, but are still pleased to announce the special proclamation in honor of Ezra from Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. The complete text reads as follows: "As Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it gives me great pleasure to recognize you, Ezra Sims, on the occasion of your 80th birthday.
Update: Please stop by Post-Gazette classical music critic Andrew Druckenbrod's blog for a "mini review" of Sunday nights concert. ------ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published two extensive previews about Eugene Phillips and David Felder, two of the composers featured on our concert this coming Sunday (Jan. 20).
Music on the Edge will pack three grande occasions into one venti event: a concert in honor of Pittsburgh violinist, composer, and octogenarian Eugene Phillips, an introduction to 2008 Franz Lehar Composer-in-Residence David Felder, and a world premiere of a new composition for flute and piano by Music on the Edge codirector Eric Moe. Those in attendance will have the chance to visit with all the composers after the concert.
“Ezra Sims... has already contributed an outstanding body of works, many of which have explored with singular imagination, conviction — and success — the beautiful, but elusive world of microtonal music.” – American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award Citation, 1985 Among contemporary American composers, Ezra Sims truly defies categorization. On the one hand, he composes with a 24-tone microtonal scale derived from a 72-tone division of the octave, a practice that puts him at the forefront of the avant-garde. On the other hand, Sims’s approach to composition is ultimately classical, with long, sinewy melodies, accessible motives, and formal clarity. This penchant for classicism is so strongly ingrained...
Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present an ambitious program to end their fall semester. The concert will include Mendelssohn’s well known Hebrides Overture (also known as Fingal’s Cave), Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, and the premiere of a composition by Pitt student composer Matthew Shepherd. Titled Entremet, Shepherd’s work will feature the orchestra’s wind and percussion sections. The concert takes place on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium (315 S.
On Friday November 30, the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club and director Richard Teaster will present Joseph Rheinberger’s Mass in F, Op. 190, with organist Donald Fellows. Duquesne University’s Pappert Men’s Chorale will also join the Glee Club as guest artists. Along with the Rehinberger Mass, the program will feature a variety of holiday music, including carols from Austria, Italy, and France and American holiday classics. Listen to the Men's Glee Club sing Cantate Domino, a track from their most recent CD.
Mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger and Pianist Jeanne Golan are both established international artists individually and a musical tour de force when they combine their talents, as they will on their upcoming concert for Pitt’s Music on the Edge series. Nessinger and Golan’s passion for the song cycle and commitment to fostering contemporary composition has motivated them to collaborate in commissioning new song cycles from American composers. On Monday, November 5, the two will bring their latest collaboration Innocence Lost: the Berg-Debussy Project to Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. The concept of the project was to commission leading American composers to write songs inspired by Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis. The duo...
On October 27, Pitt’s Music on the Edge will host the Naumburg award-winning Peabody Trio with renowned singer John Shirley-Quirk in a concert that features music by Zhou Long, Maurizio Kagel, Harold Meltzer, and Thierry De Mey. The trio will feature Shirley-Quirk as narrator in Meltzer’s Sindbad and will lean toward the theatrical for De Mey’s Musique de tables. The Peabody will give their innovative program on Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. in Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. 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 $10. Pitt...

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