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CAPA Antithesis is a recently-formed new music ensemble based out of
Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School. The group was formed to
give a select group of students the chance to explore and perform new concepts
in composition, improvisation, and notation. As part of their debut recital in
March 2006, the group played works by such vanguard composers as Anthony
Braxton, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and
Sun Ra, as well as premiering new works composed by members of the ensemble.
Richard Dannenberg: cello
Emily Hawkins: mallets, percussion
Vincent Lane: clarinet
Jeff Morgan: bass, percussion
Laura Santoro: bassoon
Natalie Somerville: viola
Alyssa Weisensee: flute
faculty director for CAPA Antithesis.
Rick is a 2000 graduate of Duquesne University, with a BA in sound
recording technology and jazz guitar performance. He is a partner
and engineer at Epigram 154 L.L.C Recording Studio, and has
engineered and produced a variety of CD releases. At CAPA High
School, he teaches recording technology, sound design, and live
sound technology. His current creative work included playing,
composing, and even singing with the Dirty Sunshine, G-Sus and the
12-Tone Apostles, and Transcending Angers Rudimentary Desire.
Ben Opie, faculty director for CAPA Antithesis.
Ben has a long history of creative involvement in Pittsburgh's music
community. Active as a saxophonist and composer, his current
ensembles include Thoth Trio, OPEK, Syrinx Ensemble, and Dust &
Feathers. He has previous played, recorded and toured with Water
Shed 5tet and Coal Train, among others. In 1996, he was awarded the
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award, for his work
as composer and player. His composition commissions included a debut
by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is currently on staff at
CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon University, teaching music
technology, electronic music, scoring, and avant-garde techniques.