Carnegie Mellon University
February 25, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Presents Exhilarating Smorgasbord of Music During Third Annual Collage Concert


Contact: Eric Sloss / 412-268-5765 /

PITTSBURGH—More than 300 musicians will perform as they scurry around multiple stages when Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music presents its third annual Collage Concert, a dramatic event combining theatrical lighting, performance and six genres of music at 8 p.m., Friday, March 18 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

"Our Collage Concert is unlike any performance most people have ever seen," said Noel Zahler, professor and head of the CMU School of Music. "This is our opportunity to show all of Pittsburgh the high level of musicianship and the diversity of our program that has brought us to national distinction as a top 10 School of Music." 

Any music lover will find a composition they will love in this 90-minute nonstop concert that will include performances by all of the school's ensembles, orchestras, quartets and choirs, including faculty members who are Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) musicians, like William Caballero, principal horn, George Vosburgh, principal trumpet, and Andrés Cárdenes, former PSO concertmaster and the Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. University Professor of Violin.

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, directed by Ronald Zollman will perform as well as the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble, directed by Stephen Schultz; the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Thomas Douglas; the Contemporary Ensemble, directed by Zollman and Tobias Volkmann; the Guitar Ensemble, directed by Jim Feria; the Wind Ensemble, directed by Denis Colwell; the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Eric Defade; the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Jeremy Branson; and the Flute Quartet, directed by Alberto Almarza. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Robert Page, the Paul Mellon University Professor and director of Choral Studies.

Student soloists include Emma Steele, violin; Michael Dee, clarinet; Nicole Gasse, vocalist; Luis Carlos Hernandez, pianist; and Natalie Severson and Vanessa Young, harp.

The Pipe Band will play outside Soldiers and Sailors before the concert to welcome guests.

Tickets are available online at and are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for Carnegie Mellon students. For more information, call the School of Music concert line at 412-268-2383.
The following is a list of performances: Ensembles

  • Pipe Band: Various songs
  • Philharmonic: Peter Maxwell Davies' "An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise"
  • Jazz Vocal Ensemble: Irving Berlin's and Norman Gimbel's "What'll I Do?" and "Killing Me Softly"
  • Baroque Ensemble: Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4," first movement
  • Contemporary Ensemble: Luigi Dallapiccola's "Piccola Music Notturna"
  • Symphony Orchestra: Fugue from Michael Tippet's "Fantasia Concertante on a theme by Corelli"
  • Guitar Ensemble: Leo Brouwer's "Toccata"
  • Wind Ensemble: David Dzubay's "Ra!"
  • Jazz Ensemble: Don Sebesky's arrangement of "Take the A Train" by Billy Strayhorn
  • Flute Quartet: Pixinguinha's "Carinhoso" and Abreu's "Tico-Tico no Fuba"
  • Percussion Ensemble: Steve Reich's "Nagoya Maribas"
  • Concert Choir: Gustav Hoist's "Nunc Dimittis"
  • Finale: Philharmonic, Choir and Chorus: Aaron Copeland's "Promise of Living" from the Tender Land.

  • Andres Cárdenes, violin: Fritz Kreisler's "Danse espagnole" from La Vide Breve de Falla
  • Bill Caballero, horn; Paul Bassler's "Dance Fool Dance"
  • George Vosburgh, trumpet: Peter Maxwell Davies' "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 1955"
  • Emma Steele (student), violin: Hanryk Wieniawski's "Original Theme and Variations"
  • Michael Dee (student), clarinet: Paul Jean Jean's "Carnival of Venice Theme and Variations"
  • Nicole Gasse (student), vocalist: Giacomo Puccini Tosca's "Vissi d'Arte"
  • Luis Carlos Hernandez (student), pianist: Chopin Etude in B minor, Op 25, No. 10
  • Natalie Severson and Vanessa Young (students), harp: Bernard Andres' "Parvis"