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Winter 2017 concert
presented by the Mary Pappert School of Music
Saturday 1/21, 7:30pm
PNC Recital Hall, Duquesne University
Alia Musica performs works from its repertory by Pierre Boulez, David Stock, and John Arrigo-Nelson, as well as Three Allusions by Patrick Burke, and the world premiere of Emergences by Phil Taylor. Chamber music for between 5 and 8 performers.
Boulez: Derive 1 (1986)
Stock: Five four-letter words (2011)
Burke: Three Allusions (2006)
Arrigo-Nelson: Frammenti di recitativo (2014)
Taylor: Emergences (world premiere)
Sarah Steranka, flutes
Emily Cook, clarinets
Julia Kuhlman, saxophone
Matthew Gillespie, piano
Devin Sherman, guitar
Chad Crummel & Emily Hawkins, percussion
Dawn Posey, violin
Simon Cummings, cello
Federico Garcia-De Castro, conducting
Also join soprano Anna Elder and the Alia Musica ensemble at Artful Wednesday, lunch hour at William Pitt Union, where we'll perform Five four-letter words, and the Pittsburgh premiere of Curtis Rumrill's The Parasite and her Sister. Wednesday 1/18, 12:00pm at the University of Pittsburgh (William Pitt Union, across from the Cathedral of Learning).
12/10: Quince premieres The Passion of the Wilt-Mold Mothers
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Saturday December 10, 7:30p
"...unable to produce milk, the mother eventually makes a decision [...] She emerges from the ordeal a survivor, and speaking a new language acquired amidst blood dreams. The Passion of the Wilt-Mold Mothers is a story of apocalypse, suffering, starvation, motherhood, survival, and ultimately of salvation."
A concert-length musical drama in eight parts by Curtis Rumrill, commissioned by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and based on a text by Webberly Ebberly Finnich.
June 2016: Announcing the 2016-17 Season
Guest recitals by Frederic Rzewski, Jordan Dodson, and more.
and the Pittsburgh premiere of Berio's Laborintus II.
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June 2016: Thanks/congrats to everyone at PFNM 2016!
We had a wonderful Pittsburgh Festival of New Music in May 2016—world-class performances by Tony Arnold, Dieter Hennings, Allen Otte, great appearances by local artists, the flashmob of Stravinsky's Firebird, and so much more!
And now we can't wait to release plans for the PFNM 2018...
May 2016: Stravinsky at the park
We gathered one by one at Market Square to build up to the tutti at the end of Stravinsky's Firebird. It was a beautiful day for the outdoor kick-off event of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music!
(A short documentary with the full piece is in preparation and will be released soon on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned!)
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Support Alia Musica's coming 2016–17 Season! Guest recitals by Frederic Rzewski and Jordan Dodson, a residency with Chicago-based vocal quartet Quince, and Berio's Laborintus II
Alia Musica receives a National Endowment for the Arts grant to produce the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music in May 2016
Plans are on! We'll have a PFNM in 2016, two years after the succesful launch of the festival in 2014! Great happenings are to be confirmed—The Great Learning, a flashmob with Stravinsky's music, the premiere by Ken Ueno, and a new Soundpike concert.
Stay tuned! For now here is a press release of the NEA award.
Great success on the Pittsburgh premiere of Ken Ueno's vocal concerto on November 12! Recordings and videos coming soon.
Alia Musica was awarded one three 2015 residency grants from [The Pittsburgh Foundation] and The Heinz Endowments for a year-long collaboration with world-renowned California composer, vocalist, and improvisor Ken Ueno.
The collaboration includes a new commission from Ken (Alia Musica joins the list of cutting-edge artists who have commissioned Ken!), and the Pittsburgh premiere of his ground-breaking concerto for throat-singing and orchestra, On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis. A great follow-up to the list of epic new music events we have brought to town in the last couple years (Inuksuit, The People United by Rzewski himself, Berio's Linea, the roving opera Perfect Lives...)
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