As the first professional musical ensemble with in-residency status at Pitt, IonSound Project gives a concert of new works by Pitt's graduate student composers each spring. The group also gives two concerts of their own programming at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, and performs at venues around the city.
IonSound Project's 2016–17 season is titled Legend and Legacy: A Mingling of Storytelling and Music. The first concert, Fiction, is right around the corner on Sunday, November 13, 7:00 pm at University of Pittsburgh's Bellefield Hall Auditorium. This program will showcase Eric Moe's Superhero, along with works by Karol Szymanowski and Thea Musgrave. Featured collaborator will be actress and educator Victoria Rhoades who will join the ensemble onstage as storyteller. Readings of ancient myths and legends will be paired with compositions inspired by similar writings and archetypes.
The Spring program, Non-Fiction, is scheduled for Sunday March 12, 2017, 7:00 pm and will also be held at Bellefield Hall Auditorium in Oakland. Pittsburgh–Collaborative Legacy Project provides the inspiration for programming, and centers around a video interview of one man's life from childhood to adulthood, spanning global crisis, personal achievements and deep intimacy with family. Repertoire will include Michael Cohen powerful and moving work I Remember, and will feature beloved Pittsburgh vocalist Daphne Alderson.
Tickets for each concert will be concert will be $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and will be sold at the door. As always, Pitt students can attend free of charge with student ID.
The annual concert showcasing works by University of Pittsburgh graduate students in music composition will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017, 7 p.m. Come by Bellefield Hall Auditorium to hear music by the city's top young talent. Free and open to the public.
In other news, IonSound Project's latest recording project is out on CD! Separate Self features compositions by Pittsburgh composer Philip Thompson, with all works inspired by or collaborations with different mediums in the visual arts. Tracks are also available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and GooglePlay.
IonSound Project comprises flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski, and pianists Rob Frankenberry and Jack Kurutz. IonSound seeks to add to Pittsburgh's cultural life by programming innovative concerts, commissioning works of new music, collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, and exploring the boundaries between concert and popular music. The members represent some of the most in-demand young musicians in the Pittsburgh area. Collectively, they perform with such ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and have also appeared with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Ensemble-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh Department of Music