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Music on the Edge

Mantra (pictured above) will peroform for the Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival

Co-directed by Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, Music on the Edge (MOTE) presents about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians.

Recent concerts featured International Contemporary Ensemble, Newband and the Harry Partch Instruments, grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, and
exciting new ensembles such as JACK Quartet.
Events Calendar.

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Music on the Edge 2014–15

Meridian Arts Ensemble
Friday, October 3, 8 p.m.
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
On their Music on the Edge concert, Meridian Arts Ensemble will perform music by Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams, Andrew Rindfleisch, and more. Find out more…

MOTE Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, October 19, 8 p.m.
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Roger Zahab conducts I give you the end of a golden string by Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music), Toru Takemitsu’s The Dorian Horizon, Roger Zahab's Evening on 57th Street for solo violin and string orchestra, and Claude Vivier's Zipangu. Find out more…

SOLD OUT: Amernet String Quartet with pianist Amy Williams
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum
Saturday, January 17, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Amernet performs music by Elliott Carter, Eric Moe, and Amy Williams. Find out more…

Violist Jessica Meyer and Guitarist Seth Josel
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum
Saturday, January 31, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Jessica Meyer performs her own composition Sounds of Being for viola and loop pedal and premieres a new piece by Eric Moe for viola and electroacoustics. Seth Josel will perform music by Berlin-based composers Peter Ablinger, Elena Mendoza, Makiko Nishikaze, and Ming Tsaoin. Find out more…

Battle Trance*
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum
The Innovative all-tenor saxophone quartet performs their epic composition Palace of Wind.
Sunday, February 7, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival
February 27–March 1
Copresented with the Andy Warhol Museum
The Beyond Microtonality Festival celebrates composers and performers who explore pitches that exist beyond the bounds of the twelve-tone equal-tempered system common to western music. The Festival includes three concerts and two academic symposia featuring performers such as the Flux Quartet, Mantra Percussion, guitarist Mak Grjic and internationally recognized composers including Kyle Gann and Frank J. Oteri. Beyond will culminate in the premiere of a new piece by Mathew Rosenblum composed for Flux Quartet and Mantra Percussion. Find out more…

Jace Clayton's The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner*
Copresented with the Carnegie Museum of Art and the The Andy Warhol Museum
Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ/rupture, brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of mercurial gay African American composer Julius Eastman. He’ll perform with vocalist Arooj Aftab and pianists David Friend and Emily Manzo
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater


The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, serves more than 80,000 visitors of all ages per year. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives of one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. The museum, a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture, is also an active cultural center that presents contemporary performance through its Sound Series and Off The Wall series.


Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office by calling 412-624-7539 or visiting Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15 (no free student tickets at The Warhol). Click the event links above to get ticketing info for each event.

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General admission subscription is $84; senior and non-Pitt student subscriptions are $56. Pitt students may purchase a special Warhol subscription for $40. *Subscriptions do not include Battle Trance and Jace Clayton concerts.

Pitt Student Warhol Subscriptions (For Pitt students only, subscription for all the Music on the Edge concerts at The Andy Warhol Museum).

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival Pass: general admission, $30; student/senior admission, $20

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