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Alia Music Pittsburgh to play free concert at WVU

Funded in 2007 as a composer consortium, Alia Musica has made a name for itself as an actor in the new music scene in Pittsburgh and in the United States at large. The organization behind the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Alia Musica has presented artists of such stature as Frederic Rzewski and Allen Otte, and ensembles like Yarn/Wire, Varispeed, thingNY and Quince.

Alia Musica's ensemble has performed in venues throughout Pennsylvania, toured six states, and appeared internationally as a guest ensemble at the 2015 Panama's MusicArte festival. Its repertory combines monuments of modern music, from Ives and Varèse to Berio and Haas, with the freshest music by living composers, emerging and established. Among its premieres are new works by composers of the stature of George Tsontakis, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Ken Ueno, and it has shared stages with legendary new music artists like Cliff Colnot, Robert Dick and Tony Arnold.

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WVU alumna brings back jazz band to campus Oct. 25

West Virginia University alumna Allison Miller will be back at the College of Creative Arts on Oct. 25 to perform with her band, Boom Tic Boom. 

A New York City-based drummer, composer and teacher, Miller has been named to Downbeat Magazine’s “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” and her band is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant.” Boom Tic Boom’s 2016 release, Otis was a Polar Bear, was chosen for NPR’s Jazz Critics Poll.

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Music alumna leaves gift to honor piano faculty

West Virginia University Alumna Carole Ross will leave a legacy in the School of Music through an estate gift honoring the devoted faculty she learned under while a student.

 A Uniontown native, Ross attended WVU on a Board of Governor’s Scholarship and began classes as a music major concentrating in piano the same year as Herman Godes began teaching at WVU.

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Dance scholarship brings legacy full circle

Virginia Chittum taught thousands of children the value of education, discipline and an active lifestyle through her love of dance. One of those children – Debbie West – is now an adult continuing Chittum’s legacy and teachings through a scholarship fund at West Virginia University. 

Chittum was a Preston County native and graduated from Morgantown Business College before receiving professional dance training in New York City. Chittum started the Virginia School of Dance in Morgantown when she returned. 

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WVUSO to play ‘concert café’ Oct. 19

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will perform an intimate concert on Oct. 19 in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., calls for forces as large as full orchestra down to as few as two musicians to perform a set inspired by music one might hear in the cafés of Europe or South America. 

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WVU theatre students take on Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’

The West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance opens Stephen Sondheim’s dark, historic, musical satire “Assassins” Oct. 19 – 22.

“Assassins” is a musical theatre piece with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman. The non-linear story tells history through attempted and successful assassinations in United States history. Beginning with John Wilkes Booth and ending with Lee Harvey Oswald, audience members see these crucial characters throughout history interact with each other in limbo as well as exist in their own world and environment.

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Music alumni to give free jazz concert

A group of West Virginia University School of Music alumni will be back on campus for an alumni jazz concert October 15.

Scott Green, Chris Tanner and Brian Wolfe will perform the free concert at 4 p.m. in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre, the same hall they performed student recitals in many years ago. They will be assisted on piano by James Miltenberger, professor emeritus.

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