Kevin Noe conducting the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Kevin Noe conducting the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Summertime in the Steel City brings forth some pretty damn good concerts from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, one of the best new music ensembles in the country, every year and this year isn’t any different. This summer PNME will be performing over twenty new works, including two commissioned world premieres by Houston’s Pierre Jalbert and Chicago’s Stacy Garrop, over the next four weekends under the direction of their executive artistic director, Kevin Noe.

They had their first concert last night, but you can still catch them this evening at the City Theatre (1300 Bingham St.) for an 8pm concert, and, in a sly bit of audience-building, if you attend a Friday show and want to see it again, they’ll let you in fo’ free with your Friday ticket stub – one could only wish other groups did something like that!

It should also be mentioned that there will be a CD release party tonight after the concert celebrating PNME’s newest release “Against the Emptiness” issued by New Dynamic Records featuring works by Jalbert, Kevin Puts, Russell Pinkston and Ryan Francis.

In case you’re curious about whose works they’re performing this summer – I got that right after the jump:

SEXTET
Robert Paterson

TABLE SETTING
David Bithell

TRIPLE CONCERTO
Alejandro Viñao

CRITICAL POINT
Roger Dannenberg

*L’OEIL ÉCOUTE
Pierre Jalbert
PNME WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION

LOOMING SILVER
John Fitz Rogers

ANIMA FOGLIA
Jérômé Combier

LAST
Philipe Manoury

ADDENDUM
Chick Corea

WOODLAWN DRIVE
D.J. Sparr

HIGH WIRE ACT
Laura Elise Schwendinger

JACKIE’S SONG
Michael Daugherty

CINESHAPE 3
Amy Williams

GERRYMANDER
Russell Pinkston

ELEVEN ECHOES OF AUTUMN
George Crumb

*THE BOOK OF AMERICAN POETRY (ABRIDGED)
Stacy Garrop
PNME WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION

COURT STUDIES FROM THE TEMPEST
Thomas Adés

LIPSTICK
Jacob Ter Veldhuis

DEATH ANGEL
John Anthony Lennon

RIFF
Alejandro Viñao

THE EVIDENCE
John Fitz Rogers

DANCE/DROP
David Lang

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