Notes on Fiction: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Tuesday June 9, 2015
07:30 pm

Tags: Event





The Tenth Intervention Ensemble presented a Notes on Fiction performance with readings from Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, a coming-of-age story about youth and innocence told in the shadow of looming adulthood and responsibility. The protagonist, Art, is naive and youthful, navigating through the nuances and complexity of sexuality. He reflects, but never falls victim to saccharine nostalgia.




Selections from "Child" by David Lang (2001)

1. my very empty mouth
2. sweet air
3. short fall
4. stick figure


Farnsworth: Four Portraits of a House by Andrew Norman (2004)


About Tenth Intervention

Performing contemporary work is central to the mission of The Tenth Intervention Ensemble. Under the direction of violinist Hajnal Pivnick and composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, each performance aims to challenge the standard expectation of what a concert should be.


Through collaborations with visual artists, dancers, choreographers, and composers, The Tenth Intervention Ensemble defies expectations and breaks barriers by creating works that are multi-sensory and cross- disciplinary.


These contemporary classical concerts are thoughtfully curated and mostly feature works by living composers. The Tenth Intervention Ensemble has curated showings of works with various instrumentation, such as three violins (Michael Gordon's Tree-oh) and amplified string quartet with electronics and folk instruments (Aleksandra Vrebalov's ...hold me neighbor, in the storm...).


Some of these pieces have been written especially for The Tenth Intervention Ensemble, including a world premiere by Eric Lyon and Tenth Intervention co-founder/artistic director Dorian Wallace. Performances have also featured world premiere original choreography by Alison Cook Beatty, Kim Neal Nofsinger, and Michael Spencer Philips.


With each performance The Tenth Intervention Ensemble strives to give audiences an experience through which they can experience chamber music and classical music in a new way. 


About The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The enthralling debut from bestselling novelist Michael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complexfriendships, father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man’s sexualidentity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh incontrovertibly established Chabonas a powerful force in contemporary fiction, even before his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay set the literary world spinning. An unforgettable story of coming of age in America, it is also an essential milestone in the movement of American fiction, from a novelist who has become one of the most important and enduring voices of this generation.



Mark Dover, Liam Kinson, Isabel Kim, Natasha Fearnside, clarinets

Martha Cargo, flute/piccolo

Elliot Wallace, percussion

Hajnal Pivnick, violin

Hannah Levinson, viola

Nicholas Finch, cello


Melinda Faylor, piano

Ruoxi Chen, narrator

Visuals by: Louis Cappa (excerpts from Second Steel and Unlisted), Olivia Ciummo (excerpts from Abbreviated Memories and Artifacts in Movement, courtesy of Pittsburgh Filmmakers) Deborah Hosking, Thad Kellstadt (excerpts from Paddle, courtesy of Pittsburgh Filmmakers), Mandy Kendall, Daniel Kusbit (Rust Belt), Angelo Re (Deer Friend and A Pittsburgh Sunset), Kaoru Tohara (The City Within), and Josh Tonies (Anthropogenic Prospects, courtesy of Pittsburgh Filmmakers)


Special thanks to Pittsburgh Filmmakers School of Film, Photography and Digital Media and Rivers of Steel