Music on the Edge

Pittsburgh Symphony Performs Pitt Composers

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present the next installment in its yearlong celebration of Pittsburgh composers over the weekend of February 7–9 with a program that features new compositions by Department of Music faculty members Mathew Rosenblum and Amy Williams and graduate student Bomi Jang. Rosenblum, Williams, and Jang are three of the five composers commissioned by the PSO to contribute one movement each to a five-movement composition titled The Elements.

Lecture: Composer-Pianist-Conductor Anthony Coleman Discusses His Music

From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman’s musical odyssey has taken him through many cultures and led him to wear many hats as composer, improvising keyboardist, and teacher. Coleman joined the NEC faculty in 2006, returning to a school where he himself studied in the 1970s, during the birth of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program (then called Third Stream).

Mathew Rosenblum's Newest CD

High on Mathew Rosenblum’s long list of achievements for 2013 was the release of an album devoted to his music by Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Directed by Gil Rose and issued on the orchestra’s own BMOP/sound label, Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop takes its title from Rosenblum’s concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra. The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet commissioned that work and gave the U.S. premiere with the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium in 2002.

Music on the Edge: JACK Quartet

Copresented by The Andy Warhol Museum

"...remarkably concentrated performances assuring that future JACK events will be drop-everything-and-go occasions."
The Philadelphia Enquirer

For their much-anticipated return to Pittsburgh, JACK Quartet will perform a concert featuring titans of contemporary music. The program includes John Zorn’s The Dead Man, Morton Feldman’s Structures, and string quartets by Witold Lutoslawski and Hans Abrahamsen.