Microtonal Music Festival
Co-presented by Music on the Edge and
The Andy Warhol Museum
Music on the Edge, now in its 30th anniversary season, is excited to present the
Beyond 2020 Microtonal Music Festival
. Created and directed by composer Mathew Rosenblum, a major voice in the microtonal landscape, the festival presents a wide variety of world-class performers and composers and offers a glimpse into the many ways that composers utilize altered tunings in their music. The audience is also welcome to hear scholars, composers and performers discuss a wide variety of theoretical and historical topics at two symposium sessions, as well as engage with the artists at multiple free receptions.
The 2020 festival will include works by major international composers as well as the growing community of Pittsburgh microtonal composers and will feature the San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, the Finnish MikroEnsemble, the Los Angeles based Brightwork Ensemble, Ray-Kallay Duo, guitarists Mak Grjic, Dan Lippel, John Schneider and Aaron Brooks, flutist Lindsey Goodman, Harpist Nuiko Wadden, cellist Ted Mook, violinist Pauline Kim Harris, celebrated Shanghai composer Deqing Wen , and several Pittsburgh new music ensembles (Alia Musica, Nat 28, Kamratōn, Wolf Trap).
The Beyond Festival includes three evening concerts, one afternoon concert, and two talks open to the public presented by Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series. The events will take place at multiple Pittsburgh locations including the Warhol Museum, the New Hazlett Theater, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and the University of Pittsburgh Music Building (symposium location). This festival will be the third of its kind in Pittsburgh, following the successful Beyond Festivals in 2018 and 2015.
Press from previous Beyond Festivals:
“The performance was a triumph.”
“In just a few days, the festival cultivated a community of composers, interpreters and listeners.”
“The ambitious festival made a compelling case for the continued integration of microtonal music into Pittsburgh’s performing arts scene and provided a look at the vibrant community that already exists. I attended most of the festival, including the two symposium sessions and concerts on Saturday and Sunday, which were filled to capacity.”
“These performances and lectures make a fantastic addition to Pittsburgh’s music scene.”