Music on the Edge opens its 2014–15 season with Meridian Arts Ensemble. A sextet comprising five brass players and a percussionist, Meridian is America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Meridian’s program will feature two compositions by Andrew Rindfleisch, In the Zone and Four Fanfares for Two Trumpets, along with his arrangements of music by Stephen Foster (Ring de Banjo), James Thornton (When You Were Sweet Sixteen) and Walter Kollo (Warte, Warte nur ein Weilchen). Rindfleisch will be attending the performance and available to answer questions about his compositions afterwards. Meridian will also perform Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ JB Clips, David Felder’s Canzone XXXI, and Renaissance master Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare no. 2.
Founded in 1987, Meridian has released nine critically-acclaimed commercial CDs, performed over fifty premieres, and has toured on four continents and in forty-nine states. Meridian’s exciting and ambitious musical approach has changed the face of brass chamber music; most notably by adding a percussionist to the mix, but also by pioneering new music in the brass ensemble repertoire. Meridian Arts Ensemble is Jon Nelson (trumpet), Time Leopold (trumpet), Daniel Grabois (horn), Benjamin Herrington (trombone), Raymon Stewart (tuba), and John Ferrari (drums). A leading composer of his generation, Andrew Rindfleisch has produced dozens of works for the concert hall, including solo, chamber, vocal, choral, orchestral, and wind music. His committed interest in other forms of music-making have also led him to the composition and performance of jazz and related forms of improvisation. Rindfleisch will be attending the performance and available to answer questions about his compositions afterwards.
For tickets, call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15; Pitt students free at with valid ID.