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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!

Headshot of Roger Zahab, Jennifer Sternick holding a violin
Photo: Rodger Zahab by Brandon Spannbauer - Jennifer Sternick from personal collection

Roger Zahab and Jennifer Sternick

Friday, January 23, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

Roger Zahab enjoys instigating fairly complex and unpredictable interactions through his activities as teacher, violinist/violist, conductor, composer, and writer. As a violinist, he has given more than a hundred first performances and championed music by a wide range of composers from John Cage to Eric Moe, Kwabena Nketia and  Tison Street to Judith Weir and Christian Wolff. Recordings as violinist, composer and conductor, most recently: entelechron:  time + memory, are available on many labels and through iTunes and Spotify.

Violinist Jennifer Sternick is an active and enthusiastic member of the Pennsylvania music community. She performs professionally in symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, new music ensembles, pit orchestras, and is contracted regularly to provide music at private events. As a chamber musician, Jennifer is co-founder and member of BOST, Inc., a non-profit organization; Bellwether Strings; as well as principal violinist for the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012, Jennifer is concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. A proponent of new music, Jennifer collaborates with composers, musicians, dancers, and other artists to design and perform concert and educational outreach programs. Through personable programming, she strives to make classical music and new classical music accessible to people of all backgrounds.

Ferrous Blues

Friday, January 30, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

With soulful female vocals and lush jazz-inspired guitar interplay, the duo ‘Ferrous Blues’ (Al Bowers and Jocie Ghaznavi) seamlessly merges a vintage and current Americana blues sound. Their performances include re-interpretations of tunes from artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Ray LaMontagne, peppered with originals vocally inspired by singer-songwriters such as Sam Cooke, Dusty Springfield and Bonnie Raitt.

Gregg Welty playing the banjo
Photo: Gregg Welty's personal collection

Gregg Welty

Friday, February 13, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

Gregg Welty, a second generation banjo player, is a veteran of the bluegrass banjo contest circuit, holding many state titles, and has placed near the top at numerous prestigious national championships.  Welty currently plays for The Allegheny Drifters and South 79 while also working on his graduate degree at Pitt's School of Medicine.

photo of Lorens Chuno
Photo: provided by Lorens Chuno

Lorens Chuno (trio)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

Lorens Chuno leads a band that has, for several years, been a fan favorite in the Pittsburgh regional music scene. Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno’s sets as energy-filled, inherently captivating, and potentially educative. This Nigerian born musician, who also has a background in Mathematics, has created a unique sound that can be broadly described as Jazz-fusion with noticeable West-African influence. His warm and dynamic vocal style, along with his bold compositions, helps define this unique sound.

A talented pianist, percussionist, vocalist, and dancer, Lorens Chuno has played several concerts and festivals, many a time, sharing stages with international acts like the Chicago Afrobeat Projects, and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Lorens Chuno has also recorded with some legendary musicians including Poogie Bell, the Pittsburgh based Grammy Award winning drummer. Lorens Chuno has garnered international recognition including appearances on the Nigerian Television Authority “Celebrity Corner” program and the African Independent Television’s “Artistist’s Notebook”.

Steel Clover Logo - an illustration of a silver shield with the words 'Steel Clover' in celtic script written on the front with 2 swords behind it

Steel Clover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

Steel Clover, (also known as Sue Borowski), is a Celtic singer, songwriter and recording artist from the historic steel town of Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA. Sue has been in the Celtic scene for almost a decade and has been playing music in some very interesting venues including, Art all Night, Market Square, Pittsburgh’s Tartan Day Festival, the Stahlstown Flaxscutching Festival, Penn’s Colony Festival, the PA Arts and Crafts Colonial Festival and other Scottish festivals in and outside of her home-state of PA. Sue is a multi-instrumentalist and continues to study Irish and Scottish fiddling. In her solo act “Steel Clover” Sue sings and plays the guitar and finds creative ways to introduce Celtic folk music to children of all ages. A local music reviewer from Pittsburgh City Paper said that “her arrangements are full of passion, spirit and sensitivity that will leave you wanting to hear more.” Baxter Labatos from The Celtic Music Fan has captured the essence of Steel Clover and labeled her music as “beautiful, evocative and heart-hurting.”

photo of Phil Smith and Steve Weber

Phil Smith and Steve Weber

Friday, April 3, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

Phil Smith and Steve Weber made their debut as a duo in 2009 at Calliope’s Emerging Legends Series at University of Pittsburgh. They have also performed in the Monongahela Sheiks (Steve) and Smokestack Lightning (Phil).

Both are faculty members at University of Pittsburgh, Steve in Chemistry and Phil in English. As part of his curriculum Phil teaches a course entitled Ballads & Blues, which focuses on the intersection of music and literature. Both Phil and Steve serve on the Board of Directors of Calliope and are lifelong supporters of acoustic blues and folk music.