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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...
Each spring the music department's ensembles offer an embarrassment of musical riches with a flurry of concerts at the end of the semester. This semester is no different with some exciting highlights for all our events. First of all, you can download a quick summary of music department events from now until the end of the semester in pdf format here (3.5 MB). Second, check back at our blog frequently for updates and follow-up posts with audio excerpts.
ALIA MUSICA Pittsburgh presents... ...a trumpet and a harp... Vivaldi and jazz... double reeds and string quartet... a bass clarinet and a suspended cymbal... an insistent tritone and a woodwind chorale Sounds interesting? Well, I'm delighted to write here in the Pitt music blog, and to invite everyone to attend this concerts. Alia Musica is an 'independent' ensemble, but it actually stemmed from Pitt and still features most of Pitt's composition grads.
“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...
Please join us as we continue to serenade Giant Eagle Market District shoppers this Saturday, November 10. Pitt Students Kerrith Livengood, Ben Harris, Amanda Adametz, and Callah Antonetti will perform at Giant Eagle in the South Hills Village from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the South Hills is too far away or just a skosh too early, check out Pitt students Joe Liu and Kristen Pueschel, and Pitt Alumni Amy Feinstein and (yours truly) Jennifer Sternick at the Shadyside Market District between 1 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh students and alumni will perform at Giant Eagle Market District stores during all Saturdays throughout November. Giant Eagle has two Market District stores, one located at 5550 Centre Ave. in Shadyside, and a second in the South Hills Village Square at 7000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park.
On Sunday the 19th of August I will be performing my first show as the newly formed electronic rock one-man band Sachem Orenda. The event takes place at Howlers Coyote Cafe on Liberty Avenue. For more information visit
informance005edited.jpg Peter Kope, Kristin McClintock-LeBeau and Jeff Davis of Attack Theatre dance to Mathew Rosenblum's music in front of Kurt Ralske's video scribbles. FEATURING PERFORMANCE BY ATTACK THEATRE AND VIDEO ART BY KURT RALSKE PITTSBURGH, PA (January 26, 2007)—Jonathan Eaton is no stranger to the world premiere, having staged the world premiere of several boundary-breaking operas in Pittsburgh during his tenure. Opera Theater takes it one step further as the 2006-2007...

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