Music on the Edge

Co-directed by Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, Music on the Edge (MOTE) presents about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians.

Recent concerts featured International Contemporary Ensemble, Newband and the Harry Partch Instruments, grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, and exciting new ensembles such as JACK Quartet.

For Department of Music concert information and tickets, call 412-624-4125, or visit our Events Calendar.

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Music on the Edge 2019-20

Roger Zahab Portrait Concert
Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m.
Bellefield Hall Auditorium

TAK Ensemble
Presenting new music by University of Pittsburgh graduate composers
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m.
PEASE NOTE: The location of this event has been changed to Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Duo Cortona
Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Beyond 2020: Microtonal Music Festival
February 28-March 1
Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Friday, February 28
Concert, 7 p.m.New Hazlett Theater

John Schneider, solo guitar, performing works by Lou Harrison, Harry Partch and John Schneider

Brightwork newmusic from Los Angeles plays music by Eric Moe, Amy Williams, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and Mathew Rosenblum

Featuring video projections by artists Barbara Weissberger, Aaron Henderson, Jeremy Boyle, Mareike Yin-Yee Lee, and Marc Sabat

Saturday, February 29
Symposium Session, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Room 132 Music Building
Recent Scholarship on microtonal music by John Jansen, Taylor Brook, Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, Nicholas Stevens, Paul Miller, Thomas Nicholson/Marc Sabat

FREE Concert: Microtonal Pittsburgh, 2 – 5 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Alia Musica, Kamratōn, NAT 28, Lindsey Goodman, Nuiko Wadden, WOLFTRAP, Ted Mook, Pauline Kim Harris, Aaron Myers-Brooks. Including music by Catherine Lamb, Burr Van Nostrand, Tristan Murail, Curtis Rumrill, Brian Riordan, Jason Belcher, Ezra Sims, James Tenney and others

Concert, 7 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum

MikroEnsemble from Finland performs by works by Veli Kujala, Juhani Nuorvala, Kyle Gann, Devon Tipp and others

Ray-Kallay Duo presents new works by Jason Barabba, Nick Norton, Mathew Rosenblum, Dylan Mattingly, and Sean Friar

Sunday, March 1
The Andy Warhol Museum

Pre-Concert Symposium Session, 6 –7:30 p.m.
John Schneider (Keynote), Del Sol String Quartet and Johnny Reinhard

Concert, 8–10 p.m.

FretX Guitar Duo (Mak Grgic and Daniel Lippel, guitars) performs works by Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Helmut Lachenmann, Jeffrey Holmes, Dan Lippel, and Laura Schwartz

Del Sol String Quartet plays music by Wen Deqing, Ben Johnston, and Michael Harrison

Featuring video projections by artists Delanie Jenkins, Lenore Thomas, Scott Turri, and Michael Morrill


Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting You may also purchase tickets online directly from the individual event pages linked above. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.

SAVE WITH A SUBSCRIPTION! General admission subscription is $60; senior and student subscriptions are $40

BEYOND: MICOROTONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PASS! General, $30; student/senior, $25.

Location, date, and time are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information visit our Web site at or call 412-624-4125.

Music on the Edge is generously supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Pitt Arts, the Bessie Pearl Snyder Music Legacy Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Foundation, the Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Opportunity Fund, The Fine Foundation, University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center, and Pitt’s Year of Creativity. Special thanks to Dr. Owen Cantor, Lisa and Harry Levinson, and Kathleen Montgomery.