Shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer

The Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi has captivated the minds and hearts of listeners for centuries. Remarkably simple in design, it takes years to master. The sound is at once sensual and spiritual, capable of great emotional depth. James Nyoraku Schlefer is a virtuoso performer of traditional and contemporary shakuhachi music, an esteemed teacher in the kinko school, and a composer of new music for both Japanese and Western instruments.

Music Monday: November 17

The next Music Monday at Bellefield Hall features Brahms's C minor Piano Quartet, op. 60 (with Jad Hilal, Roger Zahab, Alan Huang and Gabe Freedman) and music for piano four hands by Debussy and Dvorak with Hazelle Ko and Yujin Jung.

Slavonic Dance, Antonin Dvorak
En Bateau (from Petite Suite), Claude Debussy

Emily Jung and Hazelle Ko, piano

The Fountain of Arethusa (1915), Karol Szymanowski
from Mythes, op. 30, (1882-1937)

Roger Zahab, violin*
Christian Clark, piano

Pitt Arts Arts Festival 2014

Pitt Arts will host its second annual Arts Festival on Friday, September 5 and once again the slate of performers will highlight some of our outstanding Department of Music students. Our string quartet, featuring violinists Jennifer Hess and Olivia Jackson, cellist Eric Gratta and violin and viola instructor/orchestra director Roger Zahab on viola, will kick off the festival at noon on the porch of the William Pitt Union. Later on, at 3:30, members of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will take to the WPU porch to entertain Festival attendees.

Mozart and Arnold Oboe Quartets

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music presents Oboe Quartets by Mozart and Malcom Arnold in a program featuring former and current faculty of the Department. The ensemble will comprise oboist Robin Driscoll, violinist Kypros Markou, Roger Zahab on viola, and Paula Tuttle on cello. Markou, Zahab, and Tuttle will also perform Schubert's String Trio No. 2 in B flat, D. 571.

Senior Recital: Chloe Wieczorek, Jazz Vocals

Vocalist Chloe Wieczorek will present a recital of jazz standards including songs by Jerome Kern ("The Way You Look Tonight"), Betty Carter ("Bluebird of Happiness"), George Gershwin ("Summertime"), and many more. Joining Wieczorek are pianist Ben Clifton, drummer Nick Volk, bassist Charlie Scott, and saxophonist Nicholas Amoscato.

The recital is free but donations for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be accepted and greatly appreciated.