Copresented with the Andy Warhol Museum
Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum co-present Instruments of Happiness Guitar Quartet. Their program will include new works they commissioned by composers Alessa Cheung, René Lussier, Amy Williams, and Nicholas Ryan, as well as Equal But Opposite Reaction by Tim Brady, Deep Fields by Jordan Nobles, and Quartet for 4 guitars by Marc Mellits.
Instruments of Happiness is a guitar collective that most often performs as a quartet, but can sometimes include up to 100 players. Formed in 2014, the Instruments of Happiness Quartet focuses on chamber music performed by high-level professionals, and is also designed to encourage the creation of new repertoire for this instrumentation. They believe the electric guitar is a major contender for new chamber music and can contribute significantly to the future of chamber music in the 21st century. The quartet released their eponymous debut album on Starkland Records to great reviews in the USA, with premiere recordings of compositions by Tim Brady, Antoine Berthiaume and Rainer Weins.
Instruments of Happiness’ first major tour saw them perform across Canada in March and April of 2017 to premiere 6 new works by Canadian composers Jordan Nobles, Tim Brady, Scott Godin, Gordon Fitzell, Maxime McKinley and Emily Hall. The group’s next CD, entitled IoH Two, will be released in February 2019, followed by a short US and Canadian tour, including their Pittsburgh appearance. Members of IoH have included: Tim Brady, Gary Schwartz, Antoine Berthiaume, Michel Héroux, Marc-Olivier Lamontagne, Jonathan Barriault, Simon Duchesne and Françis Brunet-Turcotte
Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.