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February 5, 1998

Pitt sponsors music festival Feb. 7 & 8

This weekend Pitt's music department is sponsoring a first-of-its kind music festival, featuring new and innovative musical works by 13 local composers.

The New Works Festival, which will be held Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Bellefield Hall and the Carnegie Library lecture hall, will include three concerts and a roundtable discussion on the state of new art music. The musical compositions, some of which will be premiered at the festival, will be performed by The Prism Players, an ensemble of 14 freelance musicians from New York who specialize in new music and regularly provide a forum for innovative artists and their works. Pitt music department faculty member Mathew Rosen-blum organized the New Works Festival. "This event will create a solidarity among these composers, who are both young and old, culturally diverse, and who compose in diverse idioms," Rosenblum said. "It will introduce the audience to new and unusual creative works, and allow these emerging composers to hear their works played and recorded by the finest performers available." The first concert in the festival will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Carnegie Library lecture hall. It will feature works by Tamar Diesendruck, Barbara White and Pitt faculty member Roger Zahab. There will also be a panel discussion on the state of new art music hosted by Paul Johnston of WQED-FM.

A second concert is scheduled for later that day at 8 p.m. in Bellefield Hall auditorium. This concert will feature works by Flavio Chamis, Tatiana Dutoit, Terese Kaptur, David Stock, Pitt's Eric Moe and festival coordinator Rosenblum.

The final concert of the festival also is scheduled for Bellefield Hall auditorium, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8. Works will be by composers Lou Coyner, Andrew Kaiser, Pitt's Anne LeBaron and Reza Valli.

Admission for each Bellefield Hall concert is $10, $8 for students and senior citizens. The concert and panel discussion in Carnegie Library lecture hall are free. For more information, call 624-4125.

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