Just a taste of the 2017–18 season...

20th-century Classics

steel city composers

  • David Stock: The Philosopher's Stone (concerto for violin and chamber ensemble, with world-class violinist Andrés Cárdenes)
  • Federico Garcia-De Castro: Bajo el Hechizo (marimba, guitar, and piano)
  • John Arrigo-Nelson: Veneziana, for solo violin




Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes
parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. Second Prize in
the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras, and collaborated with many of the world's greatest conductors. Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF between 1980 and 1991, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts.

As a champion for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 70 works by American, Turkish and Latin American composers, including David Stock's The Philosopher Stone, which he will perform with Alia Musica Pittsburgh at the Spring 2018 Concert.

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Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American saxophonist, composer and performance artist based in New York City, whose works have been performed by ensembles around the US and abroad. She has awards and distinctions from the Jerome Fund Commission, the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, and the 2017 Prototype Festival "Out-of-Bounds". She is co-artistic director of the experimental performance ensemble thingNY, and founding member of the New Thread Saxophone Quartet and Hypercube.

In 2017 Ms. Rogers was selected for a residency at the prestigious Copland House, which she will devote to the composition of a new piece for Alia Musica Pittsburgh's Spring 2018 Concert.