Bach and the Baroque and Music on the Edge shared the number 10 slot for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s selection of Best Classical Concerts of 2005. Don Franklin’s Bach and the Baroque Ensemble received recognition for performing Antonio Bertali’s Missa Novi Regis for the first time in 350 years. According to Post-Gazette critic Andrew Druckenbrod, the ensemble “performed it wonderfully.”
Music on the Edge codirectors Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum collaborated with Bell Yung, director of Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, to present pipa virtuoso Wu Man who premiered a new composition by Moe. According to Druckenbrod, “Eric Moe’s The Sun Beats the Mountain Like a Drum was a highlight in this fascinating concert of traditional and new music for the pipa.” Druckenbrod also described Eric Moe’s Tri-Stan, performed last March by Sequitur, as one of the “best new works heard live” during the past year.
Jazz critic Nate Guidry praised Nathan Davis and his annual concert for consistently being a “high mark of the year.” He noted Davis’ ability to assemble the “right mix of performers.”
The Department of Music takes its places among the city’s premiere music organizations, sharing honors with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society, Opera, New Music Ensemble, and Manchester Craftmen’s Guild among others.