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Emerging Legends Concert Series

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) and Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society have joined together to present The Emerging Legends Concert Series at The Cup & Chaucer, the Hillman Library’s café on the ground floor of the library.

All concerts are free and open to the public!

Susanne Ortner-Roberts with her clarinet, Mark Strickland playing the guitar
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Susanne Ortner-Roberts and Mark Strickland

Friday, September 26, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

Susanne Ortner-Roberts is internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and as a member of the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“, and the "Ortner-Roberts Duo". Her expressive interpretation of Klezmer music is noted for its authenticity, depth, beauty, and warmth. Likewise her performance of the music of jazz clarinetists Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet and Johnny Dodds has been recognized for its power and authenticity.

Expressive clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Susanne Ortner-Roberts will enchant you with mesmerizing melodies from Paris, New Orleans, and other beautiful places that are full of life, swing, and magic!

Mark Strickland has been playing guitar since 1964.   He has performed with various musical units throughout the Pittsburgh Area, including legendary jazz organist Gene Ludwig, Roger Humphries & R H Factor Band, and the Tim Stevens/Leonard Johnson Project.   In the summer of 2011 he played with international drummer/singer Grady Tate.   Mark performed on the 2011 release of Gene Ludwig’s last CD, “Love Notes”, a tribute to Cole Porter.

4 members of The Geese in the Bog
Photo: provided by Dan Possumato

The Geese in the Bog

Friday, October 31, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

The Geese in the Bog are four musicians who collectively have decades of experience playing in the true Irish tradition. Their music is full of life and solid rhythms that often cause audiences to stamp their feet. Their eclectic mix of talent, instruments (button accordion, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar) and authentic Irish arrangements make for quite an enjoyable midday concert!

Jay Hitt with his guitar
Photo: Kathy Rooney

Jay Hitt

Friday, November 7, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

As a songwriter / arranger / performer Jay’s musical versatility and down to earth folk style speaks to the listener of the simple joys found in everyday life. A talent for vivid storytelling combined with crisp and delicate acoustic melodies makes it easy to understand why Jay’s songs so effortlessly touch the hearts of his fans.

Currently, Jay is performing, recording for other artists and his newest CD, "Greetings From The Wilderness"!

Photo of 13 current members of the African Music and Dance Club (Pitt Student Organization) in their performance outfits kneeling around a drum
Photo: provided by Antonio Valenzuela

African Music and Dance Club

Friday, November 14, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

The African Music and Dance Club is a Pitt student organization aiming to expose the community to the musical culture of Africa and to teach aspects of traditional African music and dance. The club was created over three years ago and has since been spreading African music and dance through different performances and workshops all around campus. 

To learn more information about this organization, contact Antonio Valenzuela: