University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: Abghari and Pegher

February 16, 2013 - 8:00pm
Soprano Haleh Abghari and Percussionist Lisa Pegher

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum are proud to co-present Soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher at The Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday February 16th at 8 p.m. Haleh Abghari will perform solo vocal works by John Cage, György Kurtág's József Attila-Töredékek (Attila József Fragments) for solo soprano, and selections from Récitations pour voix seule (Recitations for Solo Voice) by Georges Aperghis. Lisa Pegher will premiere Patrick Burke’s Saturn Girl, Mathew Rosenblum’s Northern Flicker, and her own composition titled Liquefaction. Pegher’s portion of the program will also include works by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan, and Andrew Knox.

Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran who now makes her home in New York City. She has performed as a singer, actress, and voice-over artist in the U.S., Canada and Europe to critical acclaim. Among her many operatic and solo appearances in recent years, Abghari has earned critical acclaim as the only woman to perform the title role in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Music Web International has described her performance saying, "Ms. Abghari...combines confident technique with unfettered inhibitions....It was one of those riveting evenings that fans will recall for years to come, and the immediate standing ovation told the rest of the story." In addition to working with numerous living composers, Abghari has collaborated on a number of projects and site-specific installation-performances with visual and performance artists such as The Voice of the Soul by Remo Spado. Abghari is a firm believer in making a difference through her art and spends her off time practicing political activism.  She is proud to be an original member of Mouths Wide Open (MWO), an ad hoc group of volunteers dedicated to promoting active citizenship, civic dialogue, and finding new forms of political expression through the arts.

Pittsburgh native Lisa Pegher has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation.  Described by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocate as “a gifted passionate artist, with a rock-star aura,” Pegher has performed with many fine orchestras across the globe and has also recently performed with the Grand Junction Orchestra in Colorado playing Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Percussion. She gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Brotrøm’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra in August 2010 and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and Kenneth Koon. Pegher is a great advocate of new music, and commissions and premieres many new works, carving a new path for percussion as a solo instrument. In the words of Symphony Magazine, she is “blazing a particularly rough, un-trodden trail.” Currently, Pegher is performing her own multi-media project called Minimal Art, which incorporates digital animation design, computer electronics and improvisation.

Tickets are available online, by calling 412-624-play (7529), or at the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m. The Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office is located in the lower level of the Stephen Foster Memorial. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door:general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.

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