2019 Season

July 15, 2019

REVIEW: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble nails opening showsPittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, now in its 44th season, debuted its 310th commission this past weekend, an offering by American composer Christopher Cerrone at City Theatre on the South Side.

July 11, 2019

LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE: PNME artists Lindsey Goodman (flute), Eric Jacobs (clarinet), Oscar Micaelsson (piano), play Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade with Classical WQED

July 9, 2019

INTERVIEW: Artistic Director of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Kevin Noe joins soprano Lindsay Kesselman to speak of PNME 44 opening July 11, WQED

June 13, 2019

PREVIEW: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Electrifies Contemporary CompositionPittsburgh In the Round

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is one such astonishing collective that represents a specialized segment of the Pittsburgh artistic community that is unequivocally deserving of rapt attention. The oldest, and easily most storied, continually-running new music ensemble in the United States, PNME is a unique artist collective, comprised of top tier, award-winning artists/musicians from every corner of the world, who congregate in Pittsburgh to showcase commissions and performances every July. 

June 13, 2019

PREVIEW: Summer Preview 2019Pittsburgh In the Round

A Letter from the Editor,

Well, y’all, we’ve fought our way tooth and nail to the golden promise land of Summer. The Spring saw some phenomenal changes and growth for all of us at PGH in the Round–from new writers; to wider theatre coverage; to diversification of genres and styles of performances and shows we cover. 

June 5, 2019

EDINBURGH FRINGE NEWS RELEASE: Official News Release of the Fringe, The Fringe Media Office

“Music, animation and puppetry combine to tell a tale of aging, loss and undying love in The Gray Cat and the Flounder (Assembly George Square Studios, p.350). “

April 18, 2019


"We’re super-excited to see some of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows we’re working on this year going on sale today! Check them out below.

February 3, 2019


"We’ve teamed up with the Pittsburgh Theatre of Music team to bring a pioneering binaural love story to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) Theatre of Music to help bring their unique show The Gray Cat and the Flounder to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. “

February 1, 2019

PRODUCERS BLOG: PNME Theatre of Music, Civil Disobedience

"The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) Theatre of Music is made up of first class artists from all over the world. Set up in 1976, the company seeks to bring people and art together with pioneering technology, reinventing the concert experience. PNME uses music as the vehicle for larger ideas, commissioning, performing, and presenting new work.”

2018 Season

July 28, 2018

REVIEW: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Places Audience in Headphones for a Unique Live Concert Experience, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"I felt as though I were sitting right next to the performers — this was a startlingly visceral, colorful listening experience. An authentic whisper sounded clear as day without needing to be a stage whisper — this helped drive the more tender moments of “The Gray Cat and the Flounder” home. The blend among musicians and singers was also enchantingly clear...And you heard it first in Pittsburgh, PA."


July 28, 2018

REVIEW: PNME Wraps Summer Season with “The Gray Cat and the Flounder”, Pittsburgh in the Round

PNME Theatre of Music concluded its summer this weekend with well-attended performances of The Gray Cat and the Flounder. Based on a true story (the life of Bernadette Gabrielle Callery, the late wife of PNME patron Joseph Newcomer), this colorful, poignant and engaging musical experience is the co-creation of composer Kieren MacMillan and Kevin Noe, Artistic Director of the ensemble. 


July 25, 2018

INTERVIEW: "The Gray Cat and the Flounder" Creators speak to Jim Cunningham about this ultra special closing show, WQED


July 20, 2018

REVIEW: To Love and be Loved, Pittsburgh in the Round

Week 3 of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2018 season was graced by the practically perfect performance entitled To love and be loved, a collection of art songs compiled to create the story of a woman’s journey into and out of love. 


July 10, 2018

INTERVIEW: PNME's Soprano, Lindsay Kesselman speaks to Anna Singer about her upcoming solo show "To Love and be Loved", WQED


July 10, 2018

INTERVIEW: PNME's Visual Artists speak to Jim Cunningham of their creations for Week 2 - "What I Leave Behind", WQED


July 6, 2018

REVIEW: PNME Theater of Music Begins Summer Season with “The Human Experience, Pittsburgh in the Round

PNME Theater of Music performances start this weekend, and judging from the final rehearsal last night, Friday and Saturday evenings at City Theatre this month will be filled with the same “lime green” musical energy that this gifted group of performers – and composers – has been offering for quite a number of years.


July 5, 2018

INTERVIEW: PNME's chosen American Composers Forum Composers talk to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about their compositions for July 6 & 7 2018, WQED


July 5, 2018

INTERVIEW: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in bloom: an interview with Kevin Noe‘Burgh Vivant

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has been a mainstay of the Pittsburgh music scene for many years. Now ready to begin its 43rd year on July 6 with a 4-week series, the Ensemble will perform at the City Theatre on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

July 2, 2018

PREVIEW: July's classical music festivals: Listening to live music through headphones and operas about women's rightsPittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ah, Pittsburgh in July. The heat. The humidity. The wailing Nordic gods. The weird, head-shaped microphones.
On Friday, both Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Pittsburgh Festival Opera launch their annual summer series, which include a small number of new compositions as well as favorites such as Wagner’s Ring cycle, respectively.


June 30, 2018

INTERVIEW: Kevin Noe speaks with KDKA's Stoney Richards about PNME's upcoming season. KDKA-AM


June 29, 2018

INTERVIEW: Kevin Noe talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the 2018 Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble , WQED


June 26, 2018

PREVIEW: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble continues to break boundaries with 5 world premieres, TRIB LIVE

The quest for new expression in music drives the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. It has commissioned more than 300 pieces over its 43-year history. The new season includes five world premieres.


MAY 29, 2018

PREVIEW: PNME Theatre of Music – Ensemble to Perform Weekends in July for the 43rd Consecutive Year, Pittsburgh in the Round

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is a group of top-notch musicians that has been making July Friday and Saturday nights compelling musical experiences since 1976, and the work they have done over the years includes the premieres of over 300 specially commissioned new compositions. 


2017 Season 


JULY 29, 2017

REVIEW: In season finale, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble brings together suspended paintings and music, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was an early adopter — one might say a pioneer — of a multisensory, multimedia approach to performance that is becoming the norm among classical music organizations.