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2016–17: A Season to remember

Frederic Rzewski, Jordan Dodson, our performances at Chatham University and Duquesne University, and the three events of the residency with Quince — 2016–17 is nearing its end.

Our performance of Berio's Laborintus II joins previous improbable events, from J.L. Adams's Inuksuit and Rzewski's The People United, to the 2016 Flashmob and Ken Ueno's concerto for throat-singing and orchestra.

All thanks to you!

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Berio's landmark 1965 cantata with texts by E. Sanguineti on Dante's Divina Commedia

3 solo voices, narrator, 17 instruments, 8 actors, and electronics

Featuring Quince Vocal Contemporary Ensemble
and Alia Musica Pittsburgh conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro
with Samuel Bozzola, choir soloist

Presented in partnership with the Italian American program at the Senator John Heinz History Center
with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Opportunity Fund, and The Heinz Endowments

With the support of Istituto Mondo Italiano and HearCorp
Illustration by Cody Boehmig


James Ilgenfritz
New York bassist/composer/improvisor

Friday, March 17m 8pm
presented in association with The Consortium
$10 at the door

with special guests

Snake Pliskin (Rex Trimm + Chris McCune)
Ben Opie (of Thoth Trio and Opek)
and Nevhar Anhar (aka Derek Bendel)

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Quince performing David Lang's Love Fail. The 2017 events of the Quince residency are supported in part by The Opportunity Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Heinz Endowments.

Quince performing David Lang's Love Fail. The 2017 events of the Quince residency are supported in part by The Opportunity Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Heinz Endowments.

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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
Free admission

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).

June 2016: Announcing the 2016-17 Season

Guest recitals by Frederic Rzewski, Jordan Dodson, and more.

A year-long, three-visit residency with Quince Ensemble,
with music by Curtis Rumrill, David Lang, Kaija Saariaho,

and the Pittsburgh premiere of Berio's Laborintus II.

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(A short documentary with the full piece is in preparation and will be released soon on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned!)

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.