Copresented with the Andy Warhol Museum
The Instruments of Happiness quartet focuses on chamber music performed by high-level professionals, and is also designed to encourage the creation of new repertoire for this instrumentation. IoH thinks the electric guitar is a major contender for new chamber music and can contribute significantly to the future of chamber music in the 21st century.
The quartet first performed in 2014. In early 2016 they released their eponymous debut album on Starkland Records to great reviews in the USA, with premiere recordings of compositions by Tim Brady, Antoine Berthiaume and Rainer Weins.
For their Music on the Edge performance, Instruments of Happiness will perform new works they commissioned by composers Alessa Cheung, René Lussier, Amy Williams, and Nicholas Ryan, as well as Equal But Opposite Reaction by Tim Brady, Deep Fields by Jordan Nobles, and Quartet for 4 guitars by Marc Mellits.
Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.