September 21, 2016
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble will present a compelling performance of contemporary music at Susquehanna University on Oct. 10. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The concert is free and open to the public.
Since its founding in 1976, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has performed the world premieres of almost 300 works by composers, including established masters and emerging voices. In addition to presenting world-class performances and premiering new works by living artists, they promote new works through recording and touring, and explore the ways in which new music is presented.
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble plays a leading role in creating and expanding a progressive arts community. The ensemble is especially well-known for what it calls the "Theatre of Music," a highly visualized context for musical performances that can include video, choreography, performance art and lighting effects. For its concerts, the ensemble strives to create thematic unity and dramatic continuity similar to that of a play or film.
Currently the ensemble produces eight concerts each year in Pittsburgh featuring existing contemporary works and new commissions, produces educational programs as well as recordings of contemporary music, and tours both nationally and abroad.
The performance is the first of three being presented in 2016-17 as part of the Martha Barker Blessing Musicians-in-Residence Series, now in its third year at Susquehanna. Established by Martha "Marty" Blessing, an alumna and 40-year former employee of the university, the series brings distinguished musicians to campus for workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performances. Blessing is the widow of the late James Blessing, a beloved professor of political science at Susquehanna University.