Music on the Edge kicks off its 2012–13 season with New York’s highly acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, Sequitur. The concert takes place at the University of Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Sunday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Paul Hostetter will conduct the ensemble in a program that features mezzo soprano Mary Nessinger in Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Amy Williams’ Cineshape 5, Mathew Rosenblum’s Maggies, Eric Moe’s Strenuous Pleasures, and Variations on a Summer’s Day by Sequitur co-founder Harold Meltzer.
Sequitur has earned a reputation for their innovative approach to performing and recording new and unusual music, linking it to the worlds of theater, visual art and dance. As the "perfect ensemble" for theatrical music (Time Out New York), Sequitur ventures from the concert hall into clubs like The Knitting Factory, cabaret spaces like Joe's Pub, and performance spaces like Theatre 80 St. Marks. "Renowned for its smartly integrated programs" (The New Yorker), Sequitur attracts new audiences for contemporary music with challenging events that draw listeners in and place composers in context without limiting them.
Soloist Mary Nessinger returns to Pittsburgh where she has impressed audiences with her performances of music by Eric Moe, Ezra Sims, and many other leading composers. The New York Times has praised her “remarkable fluidity and beauty of tone,” and described her interpretive skills as “a tour de force of characterization.”
Paul Hostetter is Conductor and Artistic Advisor to Sequitur. He has made a tremendous impact on the world of contemporary music, having premiered over eighty works by Pulitzer Prize winners David Del Tredici, Lewis Spratlan, and Ned Rorem with groups including the Naumberg Award winning Da Capo Chamber Players, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ensemble 21, and many more.
“…sit back and listen to these new-music virtuosos show their stuff…” American Record Guide
Tickets are available online, at the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office, or by calling 412-624-play (7529). Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15. Pitt students are free.
Please note: This concert was initially advertised with an 8 p.m. start time. The correct time is 7 p.m.