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World Premiere of Kassia at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center

May 21 @ 2:00 pm


After two Covid-related postponement, the Kassia Ensemble will present a video premiere of Kassia, their first commission for their entire ensemble of clarinet, harp and string quintet. Kassia was inspired by the ensemble’s namesake, the 9th-century Byzantine Abbess, poet and hymnographer, and likely the first woman whose music has survived until now. There are references to ¬†motifs from two of her major chants, as well as nods to rhythmic shapes in their poetry, though the final piece is a meditation on the spiritual life in both its soaring meditations and challenges. For more information, visit ¬†here. The video will be presented prior to the performance of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Song From The Uproar at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA.


May 21
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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