Andrew Weintraub (l) and Daniel Meyer (r) at Heinz Hall in2008.
This past March the University Gamelan, directed by Andrew Weintraub, performed a concert with the Erie Philharmonic as part of Edinboro University’s Friends of Music Concert Series. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic performed William P. Alexander’s Winter Solstice: Images From a Journey, and Debussy’s La Mer. The inclusion of Pitt’s gamelan on a program with Debussy underscored the significant impact Indonesian music had on the composer, who famously encountered Javanese gamelan at the 1889 Exposition in Paris. The collaboration between Meyer and Weintraub is ongoing, having begun when Meyer was Resident Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During that time, Meyer invited Weintraub and the University Gamelan to perform with the PSO in a program for school children at Heinz Hall. Now as Music Director and Conductor of Erie Philharmonic, Meyer continues to educate audiences about the interaction between different musical cultures, a musical interaction that takes place on a near daily basis in the life of Pitt’s music department.