The University Gamelan, under the direction of Professor Andrew Weintraub, will perform music and dance of West Java. The program will feature dancer Ening Rumbini and master drummer Undang Sumarna.
Andrew Weintraub (l) and Daniel Meyer (r) at Heinz Hall in2008.
This past March the University Gamelan, directed by Andrew Weintraub, performed a concert with the Erie Philharmonic as part of Edinboro University’s Friends of Music Concert Series. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic performed William P. Alexander’s Winter Solstice: Images From a Journey, and Debussy’s La Mer. The inclusion of Pitt’s gamelan on a program with Debussy underscored the significant impact Indonesian music had on the composer, who famously encountered Javanese gamelan at the 1889 Exposition in Paris.
This evening of gamelan and dance of West Java will feature guest artist Ening Rumbini.
Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit www.proartstickets.org or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors, $10. Pitt students free with valid ID.
You are invited to a book-launch celebration and symposium for Music and Cultural Rights (University of Illinois Press, 2009), co-edited by Andrew Weintraub and Bell Yung, on Friday December 4, 2pm to 6pm, in the Kurtzman Room of the Student Union.
Andrew Weintraub, Director and Jay Arms, Instructor
Photo by Terry Gilliam. In the foreground, graduate student Ben Pachter. In the background, gamelan co-director Indra Ridwan. Pitt's Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Professor Andrew Weintraub, took part in the Columbus Asian Festival this past spring. The festival included a wide arrary of musical performances, martial arts, and traditional arts and crafts.