Kassia Ensemble

Live at Pittsburgh Winery, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets for this event will be available at the door. Seating is limited! Ticket pre-sale has ended.

Join us at the Pittsburgh Winery to hear all-female chamber group Kassia Ensemble as they open our 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Performs series!

Please note: Pittsburgh Winery is a 21+ venue

Program
Zoltan Kodaly - Serenade for two violins and viola
Paul Hindemith - Musikalisches Blumengartlein und Lyptziger Allerley for Clarinet and Bass
Gilad Cohen - Trio for Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello, and Ruminating Harp
David Anderson - Dance Suite for double bass and harp
Jessica Meyer - “Getting home… (I must be)”
Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Quintet Op. 115

About The Artist: 

Kassia Ensemble is an all female chamber ensemble formed in 2015 in the city of Pittsburgh. Its members are Dawn Posey and Ashley Freeburn, violin; Si Yu, viola; Katya Janpoladyan, cello; Amanda Rice-Johnson, bass; Nuiko Wadden, harp; and Rachael Stutzman, clarinet. These women also hold positions in the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras, the West Virginia Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, and the Canton Symphony Orchestras.

The members of the Kassia Ensemble came together in an effort to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. The decision was made to form an all-female ensemble in an effort to create an empowering environment of mutual respect and support that frees women to collaborate and express themselves at the highest levels of musicianship, artistry, and performance.

The Kassia Ensemble promotes female entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts, while simultaneously embracing the performers’ unique experiences as women that deepen and expand their own creative output. As a result of their own life experiences, the members of the Kassia Ensemble feel a sense of responsibility to use their talents to promote social justice and engage in charitable projects for the benefit of struggling women.

Kassia Ensemble offers unique programming, from the classics to contemporary music, highlighting male and female composers from the past and the present. Their flexible instrumentation allows for refreshing variety in performance.

Kassia was a female Byzantine abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer, whose talent and character serve as inspiration for the ensemble.