Joan Chambers Concert Series

Pablo AmorosPablo Amorós, Piano

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

Music at Pitt-Greensburg is thrilled for the return of pianist Pablo Amorós to our stage, after bringing to us a brilliant performance in November of 2014. Traveling to the United States again from Córdoba, Spain, he brings his extraordinary sensibility and an innate elegance on the keyboard, bestowing a surprising originality on his interpretations of the great pianistic repertoire. His interest in the music of our time has led him to become a principal international disseminator of the work of recognized contemporary Spanish composers.

Amorós studied in London with the prestigious Noretta Conci, a protégé of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He augmented his studies with great pianists such as Joaquín Achúcarro, Hans Graff, Marcela Crudelli, Walter Kraft , Natalia Troull and Alicia de Larrocha. He completed his studies with Cristina Bruno, a key figure in his personal and artistic development.

He has performed in auditoria in Spain, England, France and Italy. Last year he toured the United States of America giving concerts in important auditoria in New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Chicago and Detroit.

On the Naxos label, he has recorded the complete piano solo works of Pittsburgh's Leonardo Balada, one of them (Mini-Miniatures) dedicated by the composer to him.

SvitanyaSvitanya, Eastern European Women's Vocal Ensemble

Friday, November 4, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

Svitanya is a women's vocal ensemble whose mission is to bring the beautiful folk music of Eastern Europe to a wide range of audiences, from those who are familiar with it through their ancestral roots to those who are encountering it for the first time.

Svitanya's repertoire, performed mostly a cappella, is drawn from a variety of regional traditions. Some songs are modern arrangements of old folk tunes, some are original compositions in the folk style, and others are sung as they have been for generations. They range from strong and strident field-working songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, all evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region.

Founded in 2001 as "Svitanje", the ensemble began with six singers performing purely a cappella arrangments. Early members included two mother-daughter pairs, fitting for a genre in which songs have been passed from mother to daughter for centuries. One of those pairs continues to perform with the group today.

While many songs are still performed without instrumentation of any kind, Svitanya now also includes instrumentation in others, including traditional ethnic instruments wherever possible, such as gaida, tapan, tambura and balalaika.

Heinz Chapel ChoirHeinz Chapel Choir

Friday, April 21, 8pm [SPECIAL TIME] in Campana Chapel

The Heinz Chapel Choir is a well-noted and internationally recognized a cappella choir consisting of many talented students from the University of Pittsburgh, and directed by Dr. Susan Rice. The Choir performs numerous concerts in the breathtaking Heinz Memorial Chapel, including Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts, as well as many concerts in various local churches.

Susan Rice is pleased to begin her third year at the University of Pittsburgh as Director of the Heinz Chapel Choir and Senior Lecturer in Dr. Susan RiceMusic, teaching the ear-training course sequence. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Rice was Assistant Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin. She has conducted traditional mixed and single-gender choruses of varying sizes, including chamber choirs, symphonic choirs, opera choruses, and vocal jazz ensembles, as well as teaching music theory and interdisciplinary courses. An active clinician, Dr. Rice has worked with choirs in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. Her research interests include sketch study and compositional process, performance practice of the Baroque and Classical eras, the historical, sociological, and gender issues surrounding women’s choruses and singing societies, and multi-disciplinarity as a means of engagement within the choral experience. Dr. Rice earned degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M., music education), Western Michigan University (M.M., choral conducting), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D.M.A., choral conducting and literature). Before embarking on her graduate studies, she served for eleven years as Director of Choral Music at Pocono Mountain Senior High School in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, and is delighted to return to the Keystone State.

About the series

The Joan Chambers Concert Series is possible through the generous support of President Emeritus George F. Chambers. It brings local, national, and international artists to our campus for performances of the highest professional caliber. It has featured international opera star Andrew Zimmerman, cello/piano duo Antonio Lysy and Patricia Hoy, pianist Pablo Amorós, the Swara Sonora Trio, the Tucson Girls Chorus, thingNY, tenor Chris Carr, contralto Emily Marvosh with Greensburg pianist Matt Klumpp, and it has proudly presented some of Pennsylvania's finests ensembles and artists, including Kassia Ensemble, Heinz Chapel Choir, Pittsburgh Trombone Project, Blue Mile Jazz, PM Woodwind Project, Zach Rohlwing, and the Penn State Chamber Singers.

The series is named in honor of Joan Chambers, late wife of President Chambers, who was an ardent supporter and representative of Pitt‐Greensburg in the community for many years. While her interests were widespread, she especially enjoyed participating in book‐discussion groups, attending cultural events, hosting themed luncheons at her home, and spending winters in southwest Florida. The Children’s Literature Collection in Millstein Library, another of her passions, was developed and named in her honor.