University of Pittsburgh

Lecture Series

January 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

This talk will provide an overview of my compositional practice. I will focus on the role of context, harmony, color  and large scale organization in my recent music and provide an overview of the tools, sketching practices and compositional process that inform my work.

February 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

Guillaume Du Fay’s Nuper rosarum flores has been ground zero for symbolic interpretation in musicology ever since Charles Warren suggested that the form of the motet reflects the architectural proportions of the cathedral of Florence.

January 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Through some one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” – qualities he developed from his work with Morton Feldman among others.

December 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

Scot Brown is an associate professor of African American Studies/History at UCLA and serving as the 2016-17 fellow at the Center for Afroamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, Carnegie Mellon University.  He is the author of Fighting For Us as well as numerous articles on activism, music and popular culture.  Brown is editor of Discourse on Africana Studies and curr

February 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

Eric Moe, recently appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, will give an inaugural lecture titled "Danger: Giant Frogs; Some Recent Music with Remarks by the Composer." Moe will discuss and perform compositions including Grande Étude Brillante and The Weasel of Melancholy.

March 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

Roger Mathew Grant will present a paper titled “The Passions in Print: Musical Taxonomies and the First Death of Affect Theory.”

February 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

Postdoctoral Fellow Robert O. Beahrs will present a paper titled “Ideologies of Nomadism in Post-Soviet Tuva’s Traditional Music Scenes.” This paper, which flows from ten years of dissertation research, explores a theory of musical sensibility for understanding traditional music in Tuva, a republic in Russia’s south-central Siberian region.

January 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

Composer Mohammed Fairouz will talk about his composition, Sumeida’s Song, which will be performed by the Pittsburgh Opera on February 21, 24, 27, and March 1, 2015.

October 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music is “full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.” (American Record Guide

April 16, 2015 - 8:00pm

We are proud to present an evening with the Pitt Jazz Ensemble featuring Master Drummer Carl Allen and Pittsburgh's own Jazz Master Dwayne Dolphin.

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