Old Silent Movies with New Music -This Weekend!

When movies were being made at the beginning of the twentieth century, there was of course, no sound. This was before movies became “talkies” where dialogue and music could be incorporated into the production as a whole.

My grandmother was an organist for silent movies around 1918. She had a folio of music, titled “Loose-leaf Motion Picture Music” and she would determine which music selections to play to support the changing moods of the movie! So I have always been fascinated by this concept of movie music, and how it has changed over the years.

Fast-forward to today, and we find Pittsburgh-based composer and trumpet player Kyle Simpson has written original scores for two classic silent films. These compositions will be debuted in a unique audio-visual experience Saturday at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

The event will include a live chamber group playing Simpson’s scores, which will accompany the two French films made in 1902 and 1903.

Read here for more information!

Student Milestones: This Month’s Book Recital

Rosa Yuo will be playing her Book 2 Recital on January 14th!

Book recitals are a demonstration of dedication and hard work. Each piece in a book is performed with accompaniment for a small audience, exhibiting mastery of that level of Suzuki study.

Rosa’s recital will be held in conjunction with a group class with her teacher, Mr. Ryan. Family and friends will join in, and a reception will follow.

All the best, Rosa!

Holiday Event Reminder!

So many great things are happening this holiday season with CYM students and teachers! Here’s what on deck. Support CYM by attending:

SING! An Irish Christmas: Thursday, December 12, Benedum Center. Email Ms. Amy if you need comp tickets- arucker@youngmusicians.org

CYM Holiday Concert: CYM students performing for each other at the Unitarian Church in Shadyside, December 14, 7:00pm.  Contact Mr. Erich with questions- ereibe@youngmusicians.org

CYM Pianists at the Nutcracker December 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm.  For more information contact Ms. Simmi- simmitripathi@youngmusicians.org.

Strings at Carnegie Museum: December 19th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. For more information, contact Ms. Rochelle- ragnew@youngmusicians.org

Nutcracker Ballet Features CYM Pianists at the Benedum!

This year, CYM will be sending several pianists to perform in the lobby of the Benedum Canter as a part of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker!  They will entertain the crowds before the ballet begins and also during intermission. Come see the beautiful Benedum, the glorious Nutcracker Ballet, and support our young students.

Even if you have never seen this ballet, you will recognize many of its “hits” such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Fun fact about this Dance– it was the debut for a piano-like instrument called the celeste, or celesta, in the United States. Tchaikovsky was on tour in 1891 for the opening of Carnegie Hall. His journey home took him through Paris, where he discovered a new instrument: the celesta, whose clear, bell-like tone was perfectly fitted to The Nutcracker’s fairy-tale ambience.  Listen to this famous composition here – where the celeste is featured with the melody.

For more information about these performances, contact Ms. Simmi at simmitripathi@youngmusicians.org

See you at the ballet!

December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benedum Center

237 7th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



Light Up Night is Fast Approaching!

Be sure to check out Sewickley Light Up Night on December 6th!

So many great activities for the whole family, plus performances by our own CYM students in our concert room. Little ones (and maybe not-so-little ones) can make jingle bell bracelets to wear and take home.

Read here for more details.

Be a Part of the Fun at Sewickley Light Up Night!

The Center for Young Musicians will once again be fully participatory in the festivities of Sewickley Light Up Night!

When: Friday, December 6, 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Where: CYM Sewickley, 437 Beaver Street

Who: Everyone!

What:  A fantastic fireworks show, live music & performances, free horse drawn carriage rides, an ice carving competition, seasonal brews, and lots of food vendors.

And what is happening inside CYM? Performances in our Concert Room (email grace.thomas.burns@gmail.com to see if performance slots are still available). And for the younger ones, jingle bell bracelet-making in the front room!

See you then!

Holiday Dazzle is Back!

This Saturday, at 4:00, make your way to the Pine Community Center for a holiday-themed, family friendly, activity-packed good time!

Here is what you can expect:

  • Train Display
  • Lighting of the Dazzle Tree
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • Lighted singing reindeer
  • LIVE reindeer
  • Live penguin
  • Ice carving
  • Crafts
  • Santa & Elves
  • “Hat Parade” and prizes

…and the evening ends with Fireworks starting at 6:45!

Some of our CYM students will be performing at 5:45 in the Performance Room- be sure to come out and support them. Ms. Amy will have a booth again this year, with instruments to try and several performances (using families who gather at the booth) of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, Abridged”!!

If you decide to go, tickets are $5 at the door, cash or check. CYM performers get in for free!

Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford, 15090

Beo String Quartet Performing in Pittsburgh

Readers of our website and newsletter may recall an article I wrote last spring featuring the Beo String Quartet. Our own Mr. Ryan is a member of this forward-thinking, 21st century group that is becoming one of the top ensembles performing today! If you missed that first installment, check it out here.

Mr. Ryan, center stage

The quartet is making a stop in Pittsburgh on November 6th. Their tour includes concerts in Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Ambler. The program, called Refractions, is a Beo String Quartet original production that showcases four unique and exciting works, each with a link to light and its transformation. Each of the featured works offers a colorful variety of sounds, styles, and sentiments.

The Beo String Quartet

The pieces include “live electronics, immersive staging, and unusual playing techniques that create very pleasing sounds”, according to Mr. Ryan. Three of the four compositions on the program will be premiers.

This is a unique event you won’t want to miss, so here is what you need to know:

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Bar Marco 2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets available online/cash at the door:                        General Admission $20, Student $9
For more information, please visit: http://www.beostringquartet.com/events/2019/11/6/beo-in-the-strip
For tickets, please visit:                 https://www.artful.ly/store/events/19022


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Ravi Coltrane CYM Event Update!

Ravi Coltrane event update!

CYM’s event, in partnership with Kente Arts Alliance, has been updated:

3:00-5:00 pm  – Open sound check with Ravi at the New Hazlett theater

A sound check is a great opportunity to watch professional musicians in action. Not only are they setting the technical cues and levels for the concert, but they are working together as a team as they prepare. This time often includes full run-throughs of the music for the concert! What a great way to get a glimpse behind the scenes, and hear great music for free!

5:00 pm  – Q & A with Ravi


8:00 Concert (tickets required)

Dr. Harry Clark’s Pittsburgh jazz scene presentation will be re-scheduled for a future event. In the meantime, check out Dr. Clark’s DVD documentary titled “Musicians of local 471 Anthology” about Pittsburgh Jazz musicians, produced by The African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (of which Dr. Clark is president), available for loan through the CYM office.

No RSVP necessary. Come on out and see what it’s all about!


Check it Out in North Park Tonight: Sixth Annual Brazilian Day!

Tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Rose Barn in North Park, members of Pittsburgh’s Brazilian community will host a celebration of their country’s music, food and culture.

The Sixth Annual Brazilian Day event will feature traditional foods prepared by Casa Brasil and other vendors, and music by artists including Kenia, Lilly Abreu, and Brazilian drum ensemble, Timbeleza.

This is an event for the whole family, and we have perfect weather for the concerts, games, and activities that are sure to provide a good time for all!

More information and tickets: click here!

EXPLORE MORE: Interested in what Brazilian music is, and the composers who shaped the sound? Check out South America’s most famous composer, Villa-Lobos!

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