Music on the Edge: Ensemble SurPlus


April 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

Copresesented with The Andy Warhol Museum
With Support from the Goethe Institut

“…they blew my mind.” –OpusOneReview

Performing works by Wolfgang Motz (Tratti), Thomas Bruttger (Recherche), Mathew Rosenblum (Northern Flicker), Amy Williams (Sextet), Steve Reich (New York Counterpoint), Eric Moe (Strenuous pleasures), Bruno Mantovani (Concerto de chambre no. 2).

Ensemble SurPlus travels to Pittsburgh from its home in Freiburg Germany to perform an international program including some of our Pittsburgh composers. Freiburg, situated near Germany’s borders with France and Switzerland, has always been an international crossroads. Ensemble Surplus, founded by an American, performs chamber music by a wide range of composers, ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its mission is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. After its formation in 1992 the ensemble was invited in the same year to perform at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. In 1993 it was engaged to give the first performance of a contemporary chamber opera at the Archipel Festival in Geneva, which received enthusiastic critical acclaim. Since that time it has gained increasing recognition on the international scene for contemporary music and has been a frequent guest at festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America (June in Buffalo, Stanford University, University of Victoria). In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, SurPlus also welcomes experimental projects, improvisation and Music Theater. A close cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart has existed since 1994. Most recently the Ensemble has collaborated in the project “New Music Network” funded by the German Ministry of Culture, working with young people in the German school system in order to educate a young public about new music. The ensemble has also collaborated closely with the Experimental Studio of the German Radio (SWR). Numerous CD productions and recordings (Ferneyhough, Clark, Spahlinger, Mahnkopf, Wolpe with Heinz Holliger) document the great versatility of the ensemble.

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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.) Call 412-624-7529 or visit


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