2020 Events

May 9, 2020
From Darkness to Light - Edgewood Symphony performs Zahab

Edgewood Symphony, Walter Morales, director
performs Roger's Zelienople, night and starlight, and Signs of Life
and works by Federico Garcia, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky.
for tickets

at 7:30 pm
Agnes and Joseph Katz Performing Arts Center
Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
Squirrel Hill

April 15, 2020
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director

Nicholas Grieneisen: premiere of a new work for strings
Claude Debussy: La Mer

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland campus
at 8 pm, free admission

February 26, 2020
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Judith Weir: Winter Song (2006) (US premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 4 in B flat Major, op. 60

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland campus
at 8 pm, free admission

February 22, 2020
Autumn Rose premieres

Roger's Autumn Rose for flute, violin, viola, and cello will be given its first performance by NAT 28
on Saturday February 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

2019 Events

November 20, 2019
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director, with tenor Robert Frankenberry

Jacob Obrecht: Ic draghe de mutse clutse (I wear my cap awry)
Marcus Dubreuil: The Fervor of Ambition (first performance)
Daron Hagen: Blake Songs with Robert Frankenberry, tenor (first performance of orchestral version)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Symphony no. 4 in f minor, op. 36

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland campus
at 8 pm, free admission

November 11, 2019
Music Monday

Matachin Dances (1980-81, from a set of six)-Peter Garland
Jacob Oaks & Roger Zahab, violins
Marcus Dubreuil, rattles

Southwark fragments (2001)-Roger Zahab
Obey Your Thirst (2013) -Eric Moe
for violin and electronics
Roger Zahab, violin

Toward a Beaming Uncertainty (2019)-Aaron Wyanski
Aaron Wyanski, piano

Little Weights (2019 - first performance) -Justin Chestang
Alex Hosmer & Roger Zahab, mandolins
Justin Chestang, electric guitar

In The Woods(1996)-Toru Takemitsu
Hommage a Jimi Hendrix (1993) -Carlo Domenicani
Jay Arms, guitar

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus
8 pm
free admission

October 16, 2019
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director

Josquin Desprez: nymphes des bois (deploration sur le mort de Jean Ockeghem)
Oyebade Dosunmu: an Ifa Moral (2004)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in c minor, op. 37 with Walt Yang
Guy Klucevsek: Wave Hill (1995)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 1 in c minor, op. 11

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland campus
at 8 pm, free admission

October 5, 2019
Roger Zahab portrait concert

Music on the Edge presents music of Roger Zahab

Sonata for Winter (1979)
Lilit Hartunian, violin and David Russell, cello
(Pittsburgh premiere)

not later (1999)
Lilit Hartunian, violin
David Russell, cello
Eric Moe, piano

the young person's guide to convergence (2015) (first performance)
Roger Zahab, violin & David Russell, cello

reaching after (2003)
David Russell, cello


Hegemony: Scenes (1983-86; revised version, 1995-2007)
libretto by Thomas Piechowski
Peg - Anna Elder
Glorianna - Kara Cornell
Sandra - Alexandra Johnson
Stanley - John Teresi
Alexander - Mitch FitzDaniel
Robert Frankenberry, piano and musical direction

Bellefield Hall Auditorium at 8 pm
University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus

September 14, 2019
Megan DiGeorgio - Partial Pressures

Daniel Parrish & Roger Zahab, violins
Andrew Weaver, viola; Tim Thulson, cello
New Music DC '19

Ward Recital Hall at 2 pm
The Catholic University of America
Washington D C

May 20, 2019
Pitt Symphony visits NYC with music for string orchestra

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Roger Zahab, director
in a concert of works for string orchestra
Monday May 20th 2019, at 8 pm, free admission


Roger Zahab: night and starlight (1998)
Gilda Lyons: La Novia de Tola (2013) (Pitt alumna)
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for strings in E major, op 22 (1875)
John Cage: Twenty-three (1988)


The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of evocative and wide-ranging works for string orchestra. Highlights include Pitt alumna Gilda Lyons' La Novia de Tola, Dvorak's beloved Serenade for strings, op. 22 and John Cage's beautifully expansive late work, Twenty-three from 1988.

St Peter's Episcopal Church in Chelsea
346 W 20th St (between 8th and 9th avenues)
New York, NY 10011

May 1, 2019
Lindsey and Rob take some measures for living in Pittsburgh

Chrysalis Duo Lindsey Goodman (flute and soprano) and pianist and tenor Robert Frankenberry perform a "Pittsburgh Serenade" on Wednesday, May 1st at Bar Marco in Pittsburgh. They premiere new works by Rob Frankenberry and Nancy Galbraith's arrangement of A something in a Summer's Day, in addition to works by David Stock (A Conscious Stream), Kieren MacMillan (Just Out of Reach Suite), Alla Cohen (Watercolors of the Master Who is Accustomed to Paint Oils), Roger Zahab (...some measures for living), and Aaron Copland (Duo). This unique 2-hour event features an intimate setting with food and drink and is, regrettably, not handicap accessible or suitable for unaccompanied minors. Tickets are $15.

at 7 pm
Bar Marco
Pittsburgh

April 17, 2019
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director

Roger conducts
Gilda Lyons - La Novia de Tola (2013- first performance of the orchestral version)
John Cage -Living Room Music (1940) for percussion and speech quartet
Fred Ho - When the Real Dragons Fly! (2007) for baritone saxophone and orchestra with Ben Barson, soloist
Gustav Mahler -Symphony no. 5 (1901-4) mvts 1-4

at 8 pm, free admission
Bellefield Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland Campus

March 10, 2019
Circular Dancing by the Akron Youth Symphony

Eric Benjamin directs the Akron Youth Symphony in Roger's Circular Dancing at 3 pm

Medina Performing Arts Center
851 Weymouth Rd
Medina, Ohio 44256

March 4, 2019
CJ Armbruster explores Roger's tapping points

on his DMA dissertation percussion recital on The Noble Snare at 5pm

Gildenhorn Recital Hall
University of Maryland

March 3, 2019
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra strings, Roger Zahab - director, Codee Spinner, assistant conductor

Roger Zahab - night and starlight (1998)
Julia Perry - Symphony in one movement for violas and string basses (1961)
Antonin Dvorak - Serenade in E major, op. 22
John Cage - Twenty-three (1988)
3:00 pm

Heinz Memorial Chapel
University of Pittsburgh Oakland Campus

February 27, 2019
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab - director, Codee Spinner, assistant conductor

Roger Zahab - night and starlight.
Julia Perry - Symphony in one movement for violas and string basses (1961)
Antonin Dvorak - Serenade in E major, op. 22
Robert Schumann Piano Concerto with Clement Ekaputra

8:00 pm, free admission

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
on the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus

February 12, 2019
clear reception in Vermont

clear reception was given (probably) its first concert performance in the Composer/Performer Showcase at 3:15 pm by the composer with excellent partners Carla Kihlstedt, violin and Megan DiGeorgio, viola. (the composer, briefly going off-trail, was safely brought back on line).

Vermont College of Fine Arts College Hall Gallery

February 11, 2019
Roger premieres a new work by Frederick Rawski

Roger gave the first performance of Frederick Rawski's Three Icaros for violin and delay pedal on the Electronic Music Showcase

Alumni Hall
Vermont College of Fine Arts

February 2, 2019
NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Tenor Launch Concert - roger's River

Dennis Tobenski, tenor and pianist Trudy Chan will perform all 20 songs of the NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music - Tenor songs at the National Opera Center in NYC.
for tickets

Marc A. Scorca Hall at The National Opera Center
330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001

January 12, 2019
Music Awakens at Connecticut Music Educators Association

Rob Frankenberry conducts Roger's Music Awakens (words by Walt Whitman) with the CMEA Southern Region High School Mixed Choir.
Saturday at 3 pm

Platt High School
Meriden CT