University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: Morton Feldman Mini-Festival, Part II

November 4, 2011 - 8:00pm
Tickets available through ProArtsTickets

The works of Morton Feldman occupy a vital place in the American experimental tradition, not just within the music world.  Feldman was very often inspired by non-musical sources, including Persian rugs, abstract expressionist paintings by Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, and texts of Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara.

For Part II of the Morton Feldman Mini-Festival Flutists Lindsey Goodman, pianist Amy Williams, and percussionist Jan Williams will perform Crippled Symmetry (1983). Before this 90-minute work, New York School poetry will be read aloud by Lynn Emanuel, poet and Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lindsey Goodman is an avid performer of new music and a strong advocate for emerging composers and electroacoustic or multimedia works. Goodman is in her tenth season as solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. As an orchestra musicians, Lindsey holds the Marthe Gaines Wehrle Chair in her fifth season as principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Goodman is on faculty at Marietta College as adjunct instructor of flute and is sought after as a clinican, giving master classes and presentations across six states in the last two seasons.

Jan Williams, percussion soloist and conductor, has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Composers who have written works especially for him include Morton Feldman, John Cage, Elliott Carter, and Iannis Xenakis, among many others. Williams was a member of The Feldman Soloists, which premiered and presented many of Feldman's new works. He is currently professor emeritus at the State of University of New York at Buffalo, where he directed the percussion program for thirty years and served as Chair of the Music Department from 1980-84.

As a member of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Amy Williams has performed at important new music festivals and series throughout Europe and the Americas. The Duo has recorded three critically-acclaimed CDs for Wergo (works of Nancarrow, Stravinsky, and Varèse/Feldman), as well as appearing on the Neos and Albany labels. She is also an accomplished composer. Ms. William's compositions have been presented at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia, and Europe. Williams holds a PhD in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received her Master's degree in piano performance. She has taught at Bennington College and Northwestern University and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the organizer of Pitt's Morton Feldman Mini-Festival and Symposium.

Special price for both Morton Feldman Mini Festival concerts!

  • $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors for both nights when purchased in advance through ProArtsTickets; $30 and $20 for both nights at the door. Visit www.proartstickets.org or call 412-394-3353.
  • Individual concerts: $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors when ordered in advance through ProArtsTickets.
  • Individual concerts at the door: $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.
  • Pitt students: free with valid ID.

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