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Pitt cellists play at a symphony orchestra concert at Bellefield Hall Auditorium in August 2018.

Pitt Symphony Orchestra returns to in-person concerts for the holidays

By Thomas Schmidt, For The Pitt News November 18, 2021
The Pitt Symphony Orchestra has been performing digitally ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, but they’re finally returning to in-person performances and practices.
Pianist Jeanne Golan performed in Bellefield Hall on Saturday evening.

Music On the Edge hosts performance by contemporary pianist Jeanne Golan

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer November 16, 2021
When Jeanne Golan was growing up, the very thought of a career outside of piano made her burst into tears. Now a Steinway & Sons recording artist, she performed in Bellefield Hall on Saturday night — with a smile on her face during each piece.
Patrick Swain, first-year economics major, plays keyboard at The Cave in Buffalo, New York, in June 2019.

Student musicians find solace in local music scene

By Darin Fields, Staff Writer October 28, 2021
To escape the stresses of school, some student musicians have found peace and creativity in their music, as well as the welcoming Pittsburgh music scene.
Hozier performs in Seattle in 2015.

Staff Picks: Fall Albums

By The Pitt News Staff October 12, 2021
The weather might have not caught up to it yet, but it is definitely October and autumn is upon us. It doesn’t matter if you’re leaning into the more gloomy or the lovestruck aspects of fall, these albums have got you covered.
Pitt students at a Lauv concert on Schenley Drive at PPC’s annual Fall Fest on Sunday.

PPC’s first in-person Fall Fest since 2019 delayed for two hours

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer October 10, 2021
Food trucks, hundreds of students and a large stage blocked off Schenley Drive most of Sunday. Pitt Program Council hosted the first in-person Fall Fest since 2019, offering Pitt students a day to unwind before midterm season goes into full swing.
Pitt Program Council’s annual Fall Fest starts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Schenley Plaza. Pitt undergraduate students enter free and can expect music, food and fun activities.

PPC’s Fall Fest to feature Lauv, food trucks and more

By Sarah Demchak, For The Pitt News October 7, 2021
Live music, dancing and food trucks — it is Pitt Program Council's first in-person Fall Fest since 2019. Pitt students can expect a Saturday afternoon filled with all the fun activities they have been missing out on for the past two years.
Dionysus members Myles Naylor and Christian Ryan close the night at Battle of the Bands.

Student rock band Dionysus wins Battle of the Bands

By Darin Fields, Staff Writer September 30, 2021
The opportunity to perform is not one musicians take lightly. Pitt-based new age rock band Dionysus will get the opportunity to share their music at Fall Fest after winning Pitt Program Council’s Battle of the Bands on Wednesday night.
Pitt Program Council announced that Lauv, an American pop artist, will headline this year’s Fall Fest. Students can attend Fall Fest on Oct. 10 starting at 1 p.m. on Schenley Drive. Pictured is the 2018 Bigelow Bash, the former name of Fall Fest.

Pitt Program Council announces Lauv as Fall Fest headliner

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor September 21, 2021
Fall Fest is returning in person this year, and after a year and a half of virtual events, students can finally get the full on-campus concert experience — dancing in a crowd with friends and listening to some blasting bass from this year’s headliner, Lauv.
Victoria Bistarkey, a former alto saxophone section leader who graduated last May, was responsible for maintaining a positive environment during her section’s Zoom rehearsals last year. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Pitt.

Pitt band prepares to celebrate alumni in homecoming performance

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer September 21, 2021
Pitt band members spent most of last year practicing marching drills in their dorm rooms over Zoom. Although unable to practice in person during their senior year, last year’s graduates can apply their skills on the field one last time this weekend.
“Montero” is the newest album by American rapper and singer-songwriter Lil Nas X.

Review | ‘MONTERO’ is a glorious come-to-form for Lil Nas X

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor September 19, 2021
Culture editor Diana Velasquez argues that Lil Nas X’s new album is not just a glorious come-to-form for the pop star, but a history-making album for LGBTQ+ artists in the music industry.
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