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RATED X: Clarinetist Jean Kopperud and Pianist Stephen Gosling Push Contemporary Music to Extremes

Bellefield Hall Auditorium koppgoshigh1.jpg Music on the Edge presents clarinetists Jean Kopperud and pianist Stephen Gosling 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 Music on the Edge Presents RATED X: A Recital of Premieres with Clarinetist Jean Kopperud and Pianist Stephen Gosling “Ms. Kopperud has the technique and imagination to make nearly anything sound interesting…” Mr. Gosling’s playing is “luminous and poised” — The New York Times Music on the Edge continues a season of diverse and adventurous programming with RATED X:  A Recital of Premieres presented by clarinetist Jeanne Kopperud and pianist Stephen Gosling, both outstanding proponents of the music of our time. Kopperud commissioned seven prominent composers to create works inspired by extreme circumstances or situations. The resulting program contains intense reflections on fear and aggression (Steve Ricks' Amygdala), torture (Jason Eckardt's Rendition), and current conflicts in the Middle East (Harvey Sollberger's Nemesis). Pitt composer Eric Moe's Grand Prismatic is an homage to the thermopiles (microorganisms that only thrive in extreme environments) that cause the brilliant colors in Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring. In his notes to Grand Prismatic Moe invites the listener to "meditate on the similarities between thermopiles and other creators of breath-taking beauty who toil away in apparently hostile environments." Kopperud and Gosling are known for their meticulous and energetic approaches to the music of our time and are stalwarts of New York's contemporary music scene. Described by The New York Post as "absolutely smashing," Jean Kopperud has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, the Caribbean and Australia as concert soloist and chamber musician. Presently she is performing with The New York New Music Ensemble, Omega, Ensemble 21, Washington Square Chamber Players, and University at Buffalo’s Sinfonietta. Pianist Stephen Gosling's playing has been hailed as "electric" and "luminous and poised" (The New York Times), possessing "utter clarity and conviction" (The Washington Post) and "extraordinary virtuosity" (The Houston Chronicle). Mr. Gosling has been a member of the New York New Music Ensemble since 1999. He is also a member of Ensemble Sospeso, Columbia University's Sinfonietta Moderna, and Ne(x)tworks, a group dedicated to the realization of aleatory scores Music on the Edge presents Jean Kopperud and Stephen Gosling  on Saturday, January 17 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 Rosenblum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding visiting artists from around the world.

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