Joan Chambers Concert Series

Chatham BaroqueChatham Baroque

Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

“One of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chatham Baroque continues to excite local, national, and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music played on instruments of the period. Founded in 1990, Chatham Baroque continues to thrive with a full calendar of concerts, tours, musical collaborations, and CD releases. The trio of baroque violin, viola da gamba, theorbo and baroque guitar tours nationally and internationally, and has recorded ten critically acclaimed CDs.

The ensemble offers audiences the opportunity to hear baroque music that is accessible and thrillingly vivid, with a freshness akin to improvisational jazz. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proclaims, “Pound for pound, you aren’t going to find a better ensemble… than Chatham Baroque.” Chatham Baroque is repeatedly listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Top 50 Cultural Forces in Pittsburgh” and “Ten Best Classical Concerts.”

Their Pitt-Greensburg Program is entitled Art of the Trio. It will feature music by composers Castello, Buxtehude, Telemann, Fancoeur, Erlebach, Kapsperger, Bach, and Corelli.

Layali Al-ShamLayali Al-Sham

Friday, April 6, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

Founded in 2010, Layali Al-Sham is the University of Texas at El Paso's premier Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. In addition to learning diverse styles of Arab music at a professional level, the ensemble is known as a site for cultural exchange as its members originate from multiple countries across the globe -- namely the  Middle East and Latin America. Students and professional musicians cross the US/Mexico border every week in order to participate, and have continued to do so in the midst of tragic cartel violence and a tightened border policy. Every year our focus is to bring attention to the hardships and violence that people must endure in the midst of conflict in both the Middle East and our sister city of Juárez, Mexico (deemed the most dangerous city in the world in 2010). 

Layali Al-Sham is led by UTEP Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Oboe Studies Andrea Shaheen Espinosa. A native of El Paso, Dr. Shaheen joined the UTEP Faculty as  in August 2012. She currently directs the UTEP World Music Ensembles and maintains an active oboe studio.

Dr. Shaheen attended the University of North Texas (UNT) for a Bachelor’s in Music Performance. During her time at UNT she performed in the Wind Ensemble under the baton of Eugene Corporon, with whom she recorded several albums under the Klavier label. Her principal oboe teachers include Neil Tatman, Charles Veazey, Lindabeth Binkley, Robert Krause, and Janie Sanchez. She has had master class coaching’s with John Mack, Richard Woodhams, Rebecca Henderson, and Wayne Rapier.

In 2010, Dr. Shaheen was appointed as the Oboe and World Music faculty at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. She toured with the Aegean Verdi Festival Orchestra in Greece and was Principal Oboe with the Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra of the High Institute of Music in Syria for the 2009-2010 season. She is a Medici Scholar, a three-time Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) recipient, and a Fulbright Fellow. She is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the College Music Society, the International Double Reed Society, and the Middle East Studies Association.

Dr. Shaheen also maintains a national and international symphonic performance schedule. In March 2012, she performed Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite under the baton of Matthew Coorey as principal oboist of the Palestinian National Orchestra.

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Studio sessions

Heinz Chapel ChoirHeinz Chapel Choir

Friday, April 20, 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 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.