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posted for Elizabeth Hoover, graduate student in musicology For over a year now I have been working with Madelyn Roehrig, the Education Specialist in Adult Studies at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in order to create an educational program in which music and art take center stage together. Due to my background in art history and my interest in using this discipline to explore music, the wonderful Joan McDonald recommended my name to Madelyn in the summer of 2007.  Ever since then, Madelyn and I have been brainstorming possible lecture topics and performance scenarios to present at the museum.
Asian Studies Center's presentation of Jero is sold out, but ethnomusicology grad student Yuko Eguchi will be at the concert and will report back on this blog. Yuko relates her own encounter with the Jero phenomenon phenomenon below.
mattshepherd.jpg  Last December, members of the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered my short work Entremets for 14 winds and 2 percussionists. In the midst of Mendelssohn and Brahms, it was a little out of place—like some odd second cousin to the two great composers’ works. entremets.mp3 The story of how this little piece came to be is somewhat amusing, and at the request of Philip Thompson, I’m writing it here.
gleeclubsp08_2.JPG Richard Teaster led the Men's Glee Club in a performance at First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh. The group was in top form having recently performed at the Men's Chorus International Seminar (an adjudicated event). The first excerpt from their concert is a a John Dowland madrigal, Come, Come Again.
pamde08_3.JPG The Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble was on hiatus last fall and gave an open house this semester rather than a full-fledged concert, but what a night it was. Sister Marie Agatha Ozah (who recently completed her PhD in ethnomusicology), directed the ensemble and got the audience involved in a big way.
This year's Gamelan Ensemble concert presented a broad range of traditional and popular Indonesian music. The first excerpt, Sampak, is an example of traditional Gamelan music. sampak.mp The second excerpt features the Dangdut Cowboys performing Jablai Jam with singers Rita Tila and Ening Rumbini. Dangdut is a form of popular Indonesian music.
Or you could just call it a "spective" since, starting from early in the month we'll be sharing some highlights from the musical feast provided by our ensembles and outstanding soloists. The first two excerpts are from the Honors Recital helf on April 7 in Bellefield Hall Auditorium. Kaitlin Mitchell, who just completed her freshmen year, performed Medelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso. kaitlinmitchell.mp3
Since my first première two years ago—a breakneck performance by Rob Frankenberry of my piano solo My Green Malady II—I’ve had over a dozen works (and over two hours of music) performed at Pitt. For my senior project in music, then, it seemed natural to organize a full-length concert of my own works, and with the help of Phil Thompson and Roger Zahab, this event—which I wouldn’t have considered possible three years ago—is actually happening. The concert, entitled “A Love Affair with Sound,” will take place on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Oakland. It will be free and open to the public. Performers will include Sarah Albani, Callah Antonetti, Ben Harris, Emily Hawkins, Dave Hidek, Jess Hohman, Joe Liu...
ritatila.JPG This year's Gamelan Ensemble concert covered a wide range of Indonesian music, from traditional gamelan to Indonesian pop. The above photo shows singer and instrumentalist Rita Tila performing on the kacapi (zither). In the background Samantha Swami plays the peking. duet_gamelan.JPG Composer Nano S. (playing the suling) and Rita Tila perform a duet with the Gamelan...

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