Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pittsburgh -- a new music town

While I was in Pittsburgh last weekend, I discovered a program on WQED FM 89.3 at 10 p.m. Saturday night called "Modern Masterpieces." The night I stumbled on it, they were playing compositions by Frederic Rzewski by the group eighth blackbird. I could not find a podcast archive for the show on the station's web site, but listeners can catch the show using streaming audio on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh also is home to the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which plays modern classical music and has a standing promise that any first time visitors to one of their concerts gets in free.

Addendum: "Modern Masterpieces" is not a local show, but a nationally-syndicated show hosted by Allan Chapman. I can't find a Web site for the show, but a list of stations the show appears on is available here.

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