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2018


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2018


Presenting the third edition of the PFNM
Preparations are in progress!

Check out the graphic concept for PFNM 2018, learn more and support the plans at www.aliamusicapittsburgh.org/pfnm.

Or, for a limited time, scroll down for highlights of the PFNM 2016 and the inaugural PFNM 2014

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pittsburgh festival of new music 2016


may 2016 - downtown, oakland, everywhere

pittsburgh festival of new music 2016


may 2016 - downtown, oakland, everywhere

Festival pass: $45 ($40 st/snr)

Admission to all ticketed events: Cineshape, Tony Arnold/Alia Musica, and the three segments of the Soundpike

SEVEN EVENTS CELEBRATING new music
indoors and out
premieres and classics
world-touring artists
local ensembles

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple partnerships, PFNM 2016 features performances by the JACK Quartet, Tony Arnold, Alia Musica, and many more guests and local organizations.

Join us for a Flashmob, Cardew's The Great Learning, and Jennifer Myer's Long Song—and in concerts with world premieres by David Stock, Ken Ueno, and Amy Williams.


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Cineshape


WED 5/4 | 7 & 8:30pm | Warhol Museum

Cineshape


WED 5/4 | 7 & 8:30pm | Warhol Museum

Wednesday May 4. 7:00pm and 8:30pm
Andy Warhol Museum

Tickets are available through Music on the Edge or using the button below

Cineshape ($15 advance tickets)

A synergistic music+film collaboration by composer Amy Williams and filmmaker Aaron Henderson

Co-presented by Music on the Edge, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Pitt's Year of the Humanities, an all-star lineup of JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, and percussionist Scott Christian, join composer Amy Williams in the premiere of Cineshape.

Five new short films by Aaron Henderson, inspired on Williams’ original Cineshape series—each based on a close and selective reading of a different film: Chunhyang, Time Code, Lives of Others, Run Lola Run, and Rope—presented alongside newly composed music by Williams to underscore the new films. Film influences music which in turn influences film which in turn influences music.

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Firebird Flashmob


Market Square | 5.11 | 1pm

Firebird Flashmob


Market Square | 5.11 | 1pm

Berceuse & finale!

It was a beautiful day on Wednesday May 11! Musicians joined one by one at Pittsburgh's historic Market Square in the scintillating buildup at the end of Stravinsky's masterpiece. Featuring PSO's David Sogg in the bassoon solo, and John Tanuska in the horn call that grows into the tutti with two harps, bass drum and triangle, strings, winds, and brass—a 40-strong orchestra. Arranged and conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro

The Firebird Flashmob illustration was drawn for the PFNM by Chilean artist Tomas Ives.

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cineshape | THE LONG SONG | alia musica
soundpike | the great learning

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette created this 2-minute short documenting the event. Head to our Facebook page for the archive of the live stream with the full performance.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette created this 2-minute short documenting the event. Head to our Facebook page for the archive of the live stream with the full performance.

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Soundpike


SAT 5/28 | 3, 5:30, 8pm | Heymann Theater

Soundpike


SAT 5/28 | 3, 5:30, 8pm | Heymann Theater

THE PAY-AS-YOU-EXIT EVENT
THAT ENCOURAGES DISCOVERY
WITH A PREMIERE BY DAVID STOCK

Festival guests and Pittsburgh’s most active new music groups take to the stage together in a concert with a unique pay-as-you-exit format. Join us for three segments and discounts for drinks and dinner at The Porch and dinner at Conflict Kitchen!

Berio's Voice Sequenza (Tony Arnold) | Murail's Tellur (Dieter Hennings) | Rzewski's The Fall of the Empire (Carlos Camacho, Allen Otte)

plus music by
Zvonimir Nagy | Reza Vali | Jonghee Kang
Mark Fromm | Ryan McMasters | Lenny Young
and more

and a special
World Premiere by David Stock
(Mark Fromm and Jennie Dorris)

Saturday May 28. 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Heymann Theater (Stephen Foster Memorial)
Pay as you exit

Segment I: 3–4:30pm ($20 or $15)
CAPA's Antithesis | Bell'Art Ensemble
Trillium Ensemble | Zoe Sorrell's Syrinx Project
Ryan McMasters
and $5 off your happy hour bill at The Porch

Segment II: Guest soloists: 5:30–6:30pm ($20)
Tony Arnold: Berio's Voice Sequenza
Dieter Hennings: Murail's Tellur
Carlos Camacho: Rzewski's Fall of the Empire
and dinner ($10 off) at Conflict Kitchen

Segment III: 8–9:30pm ($20 or $15)
Guest soloist Allen Otte
Kamraton | Noa Even + ELCO
Jennie Dorris + Mark Fromm
and $5 off your bill at The Porch afterwards

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The Great Learning


Cornelius Cardew's 1970 masterpiece
5.29 & 5.30 at various city sites

The Great Learning


Cornelius Cardew's 1970 masterpiece
5.29 & 5.30 at various city sites

May 29 & 30
Paragraphs at various times and locations
Free

Sunday May 29
2pm: First Unitarian Church
3pm: Schenley Plaza
4:30pm: Heymann Theater (Stephen Foster Memorial)
6pm: First Unitarian Church

Monday May 30
2-5pm The Union Project

 

The pittsburgh premiere of Cardew’s 1970 masterpiece

One of the earliest pieces to be called “minimalist” (by composer and critic Michael Nyman), The Great Learning is composed for a large number of trained and untrained musicians on texts by Confucius in Ezra Pound’s translations. The piece conjures at once Ligeti’s clouds of sound, Webern’s pointillism, Reich’s phasing cycles, and Cage’s conceptual provocations.

The Great Learning at PFNM is performed in various city venues as a collaboration with percussionist and Great-Learning-veteran Sarah Hennies, Pittsburgh's David Matthews, and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO).

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PFNM 2014


PFNM 2014


transforming pittsburgh's soundscape may 22–25

Guests

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music brings world-class guest artists to town, like the "granitic ally overpowering" pianist Frederic Rzewski and New York-based vocal collective Varispeed.

Performers

PFNM features stellar Pittsburgh ensembles, like Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Black Orchid String Trio, Freya String Quartet, Trillium Ensemble, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, and a host of others.

Audiences

PFNM creates a community for lovers of new music in Pittsburgh and across the region. Join fans of contemporary music in discussions and receptions following PFNM events.

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Rzewski plays Rzewski


SATURDAY MAY 24 / 7:30pm / NEW HAZLETT THEATER

Rzewski plays Rzewski


SATURDAY MAY 24 / 7:30pm / NEW HAZLETT THEATER

In the line of the great pianist-composers like Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
— New York Times

PROGRAM

Dreams, Part I (2012-13)

Four pieces (1977)

ABOUT THE WORKS

The US premiere of Part I of the brand new Dreams  (inspired by Kurosawa's film) and the timbrally fascinating Four Pieces (written for the legendary Ursula Oppens as a sequel to The People United) make up the program of this rare treat for American audiences.

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Inuksuit by John Luther Adams


SUNDAY MAY 25 / 2:00 PM / LAKE ELIZABETH AT ALLEGHENY COMMONS

Inuksuit by John Luther Adams


SUNDAY MAY 25 / 2:00 PM / LAKE ELIZABETH AT ALLEGHENY COMMONS

A sonic and scenic glory almost beyond description
— Alex Ross

The 99-musician piece by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams,
performed at Pittsburgh's beautiful Lake Elizabeth Park (map)

Inuksuit is meant to be played by nine to 99 players dispersed in a large outdoor area, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. It is the ultimate environmental piece, designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to energize our experience of our own environment.

Inuksuit is a temporary alternate reality; it is a ceremony that incites the simultaneous mindful experience of performers and audience; it is an occasion to focus the efforts of an entire community toward a seemingly insurmountable goal.  The job of making Inuksuit happen invites collaboration among actors from all corners of a community — performers, stewards of green spaces, institutional leaders, and students — in the creation of a shared moment that changes the history of a person’s relationship to his environment.

The work has been performed around the world — in Melbourne, , Toronto, Chicago, Berkeley, Lisbon, the Hague, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was recognized among the most memorable performances of 2011 in New York City by the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

Inuksuit Pittsburgh happens at Lake Elizabeth, in Allegheny Commons West (map). A beautiful location in Pittsburgh's oldest park (dating to 1867), with a view that features the skyline of Pittsburgh's downtown.

 

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Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley


THURSDAY MAY 22 / 11am-MIDNIGHT / MARKET SQ. AND EVERYWHERE

Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley


THURSDAY MAY 22 / 11am-MIDNIGHT / MARKET SQ. AND EVERYWHERE

nothing less than the first American opera
— Fanfare

As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants imagine a folksy, Midwestern town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Its seven episodes weave together stories of a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians. Both lofty and quotidian, Perfect Lives brings together musicians, performers, fans, and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

Market Square (11am) — Henry Oliver building (1:00 pm) — Marty's Market (3pm) — Epiphany Catholic Church (5pm)

James Simon's Sculpture Studio (7 & 9pm) — a Howlers (11pm)

For details and maps visit the Perfect Lives Pittsburgh page.

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Alia Musica Pittsburgh


FRIDAY MAY 23 / 7:30PM / NEW HAZLETT THEATER

Alia Musica Pittsburgh


FRIDAY MAY 23 / 7:30PM / NEW HAZLETT THEATER

PROGRAM

Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf... ent-gleitend

Eric Moe: Time Will Tell

Matthew Heap: Divergent Impulses

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

Directed by Federico Garcia-De Castro, Alia Musica features New York soprano Jamie Jordan in Berio's most famous work -- the eleven Folk Songs arranged for voice, harp, and six other musicians.

The program includes also a premiere by Alia Musica composer Matthew Heap, commissioned in 2013 by Houston's Duo Scordatura, who will be premiering the piece with Alia Musica's ensemble.

Plus, a wonderful sextet by G.F. Haas, and Pitt faculty Eric Moe's vibrant music.