Music on the Edge

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.

For Department of Music concert information and tickets, call 412-624-4125, or visit our Events Calendar.

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Music on the Edge 2018

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival and Symposium

Cultural Roots/Cultural Intersections
January 11-13, 2018
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Three days of concerts and symposia by leading performers, composers, and theorists of microtonal music!

Robert Black, bass and Andrea Parkins, laptop

Saturday, February 10, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Philip Glass’s Robert Black-commissioned The Not Doings of An Insomniac for solo Double Bass includes poetry by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Leonard Cohen, and Patti Smith. Andrea Parkins (NYC/Berlin)  presents her electroacoustic solo project, performed as a multi-diffusion work for electronically-processed accordion, objects, and live electronic processing.

Soprano Christine Brandes and composer/pianist Eric Moe

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Chatham University, Laughlin Recital Hall, Free

Brandes and Moe join forces to perform  Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, Schönberg’s Book of the Hanging Garden,Barbara White’s I hear a clear stream singing, beneath these frozen tears, and some of Moe’s own vocal compositions.


Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

The groundbreaking NYC ensemble performs Elena Medoza’s Nebelsplitter, Douglas Boyce’s Etude, Kyle Bartlett’s Twitch, Mario Davidovsky’s Quartetto #3, And Gabriel Erkoreka’s Rondo


Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

The highly regarded French ensemble presents a program featuring David Felder’s Partial (dist)res(s)toration, Philippe Leroux’s Continuo(ns), Christophe Bertrand’a Sanh,and Sean Shepherd’s The birds are nervous, the birds have scattered

Flutist Lindsey J. Goodman’s CD Release Party

Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Renowned new music champion Lindsey Goodman performs works from her new solo album featuring Pittsburgh composers Roger Dannenberg, David Stock, and Roger Zahab. 

Tickets avaliable soon!

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.

General admission subscription is $108; senior and student subscriptions are $72.

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., The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and the Opportunity Fund.

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.

Read more at University of Pittsburg’s website