University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Sarah Plum, Violin

January 28, 2017 - 8:00pm

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum will present a dual recital featuring the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and violinist Sarah Plum.

Described as “beyond brilliant” by San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo will perform music of György Kurtág and newly commissioned, Kurtág-inspired works by Peter Eötvös, Klas Torstensson, Caspar Johannes Walter, Roland Moser, Philippe Manoury, and Jason Eckardt.

New York Classical Music has hailed Sarah Plum as an “adventurous indie violinist.” Plum will perform pieces for violin and electroacoustic sound by Ben Broening, Eric Moe, Sidney Corbett, and Eric Lyons.

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Stravinsky and Wolpe. They have premiered dozens of works, many of which were written especially for the Duo, and they have worked directly with such renowned composers as Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Jukka Tiensuu, Betsy Jolas, Kevin Volans, and Bernard Rands. They also collaborate with composers who explore new approaches to the piano through multimedia applications, electronics, and extended techniques. They frequently perform with additional players in works for multiple keyboards, chamber works for duo piano and instruments, and concertos. The Duo has been featured at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ (Amsterdam), Miller Theatre and Symphony Space (New York City), CAL Performances (Berkeley), Sound Field Festival (Chicago), Spring Festival of New Music (York, UK), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten), Subtropics Festival (Miami) and Ojai Festival, to name a few. Avid proponents of contemporary music, they frequently present master classes and lecture-demonstrations at colleges and universities in the United States and Europe

Michigan native Sarah Plum has dedicated her career to the proposition that a musician should be actively engaged with the music of our own time as well as that of the past.  She also strongly believes that teaching young musicians enriches her own playing and is central to her musical life. Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984.  Since then she has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire and has performed at festivals and venues such as Ars Musica Brussels,  Cite de Musique, The Barbican, The Luzern Festival and Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin. Both of Plum’s CDs (Bela Bartok Works For Violin Volume 1 and 2) have received critical praise and Wholenote magazine said “it is difficult to imagine better performances or a better flag bearer for these pieces than Sarah Plum who is quite brilliant here in this indispensable contribution to the contemporary violin concerto discography." As a new music specialist, Plum has had the good fortune to take part in historic performances and premieres with noted composers and ensembles, such as Christopher Adler, Mari Kimura, Charles Nichols, Mari Takano, Sidney Boquiren, Jeff Herriot and Sidney Corbett. In the past 3 years alone, she has premiered 11 pieces and commissioned 7.

Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.) Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

 

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