University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Guy Klucevsek

October 11, 2017 - 8:00pm

This homecoming week concert will feature Pitt alumnus Guy Klucevsek (MA ’71 in composition and theory), world famous accordionist/composer, performing his Ratatatatouille for accordion and orchestra. Klucevsek will also perform his compositions Wave Hill (1995) with string orchestra, Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (1988) with string quartet, Dvorak Largo:  Variations and Theme (accordion solo), and Stolen Memories (1993). Theprogram also includes Igor Stravinsky's Concerto in D for string orchestra and Johannes Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a.

Guy Klucevsek is one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists. He has performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Brave Combo, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Rahim al Haj, Robin Holcomb, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relâche, Zeitgeist, and John Zorn.

He is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship, an unrestricted $50,000 award given annually to "America's finest artists."

He has premiered over 50 solo accordion pieces, including his own, as well as those he has commissioned from Mary Ellen Childs, William Duckworth, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Jerome Kitzke, Stephen Montague, Somei Satoh, Lois V Vierk, and John Zorn.

Performances include the Ten Days on the Island Festival (Tasmania), the Adelaide Festival (Australia), the Berlin Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival/USA, BAM Next Wave Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, San Antonio International Accordion Festival, Vienna International Accordion Festival, and the children’s television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

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