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Music on the Edge

French new music champions Ensemble Linea give two performances in Pittsburgh.

Co-directed by Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, Music on the Edge (MOTE) presents about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians.

Recent concerts featured International Contemporary Ensemble, Newband and the Harry Partch Instruments, grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, and exciting new ensembles such as JACK Quartet.
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Music on the Edge 2015–16

Musical Fusions: Chinese, Japanese, and American Intersections

Concert 1: Friday, October 16, 8 p.m., Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Ensemble N_JP performs works by Amy Williams and Toshi Hosokawa, traditional pieces for sho and koto, and the premiere of Systole, a music and video collaboration by Gene Coleman and Adam Vidiksis.

Symposium 1: Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 132 Music Building

Concert 2: Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m., Bellefield Hall Auditorium

The Music From China ensemble performs recently commissioned works by Chen Yi, Eric Moe, Huang Ruo and Wang Guowei. The program features new music for Chinese instruments alone—erhu, pipa, zheng, dizi—or together with cello and percussion.

Symposium 2: Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 132 Music Building

Presented with support from the Japan Iron & Steel Foundation Endowment and the Dietrich School Faculty Research and Scholarship Program.

Music on the Edge in New York

Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 p.m.
MOTE regulars Dave Eggar (cello), Lindsey Goodman (flute), Eric Moe and Amy Williams (piano), and Lisa Pegher (percussion) converge at New York City’s Subculture to perform music by Moe, Williams, Van Nostrand, Rosenblum, and Zahab.
Tickets are $20. Purchase tickets through Subculture.


Saturday, January 30, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
The stellar NYC vocal ensemble performs music by Elliott Carter, Jeffrey Gavett, Peter Ablinger, and more.
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Composer/Trombonist George Lewis

Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
The famed composer/trombonist will present his highly regarded chamber compositions as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Year of the Humanities.
Copresented with Pitt's Jazz Studies Program and The Andy Warhol Museum

New Morse Code and Jamie Jordan

Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Imaginative cello/percussion duo New Morse Code shares a program with dynamic vocalist Jamie Jordan.
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich: Surface Image

Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
The Warhol and Music on the Edge welcome composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can All-Stars), for a unique performance of Surface Image, a composition for solo piano and 40-­channel 1-­bit electronics.
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum
Tickets available from The Warhol

CANCELLED: Bedroom Community 10 Year Anniversary: Whale Watching Tour 2016

We regret to report that the Bedroom Community Whalewatching Tour 2016 has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Ensemble Linea Residency

Concert I
Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
French new music champions Ensemble Linea bring their adventurous performance to the Warhol as the start of a multi-date residency at Pitt.
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Concert II
Monday, April 4, 8 p.m., FREE!
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Ensemble Linea performs music by Pitt Graduate Composers


Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Original music by Amy Williams and video by Aaron Henderson performed by an all-star lineup of JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian, and the composer at the piano.
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum


Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15; Pitt students, free at Bellefield Hall Auditorium. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)

General admission subscription is $84; senior and non-Pitt student subscriptions are $56. (Subscriptions do not include MOTE in New York, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich, or Bedroom Community.)

Presented by the Department of Music in the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Music on the Edge is codirected by Pitt faculty composers Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding artists from around the world. Music on the Edge is generously supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Alice M. Ditson Foundation, the Amphion Foundation, Inc. and the Heinz Endowments.

The Andy Warhol Museum
, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, serves more than 80,000 visitors of all ages per year. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. The museum, a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture, also is an active cultural center that presents contemporary performance through its Sound Series and Off the Wall series.

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