Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Manfred Honeck conducts suites from two of the greatest Russian ballet scores: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet.
Date: 02/27/2015 -          03/01/2015
02/27 - 7:30 pm
02/28 - 7:30 pm
03/01 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Stravinsky’s Firebird
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara recorded the songs of Arctic birds, which became the soloists in his fascinating Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, Cantus Arcticus. A bird of a different feather, Stravinsky's The Firebird ballet made its young composer an international sensation. Manfred Honeck conducts the 1919 Firebird suite. The concert begins with Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and Principal Violist Randolph Kelly in Mozart's elegant Sinfonia Concertante.
Date: 03/06/2015 -          03/08/2015
03/06 - 7:30 pm
03/07 - 7:30 pm
03/08 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Bach’s Coffeehouse
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Guest conductor/harpsichordist Jeannete Sorrell (director of the period orchestra Apollo's Fire) will offer a sinfonia, an orchestral suite and a concerto by Bach, a fantasia by one of his sons, Telemann's amusing “Grillen" (Whimsical) Symphony and Vivaldi's "La Follia" (Madness).
Date: 03/20/2015 -          03/22/2015
03/20 - 7:30 pm
03/22 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Four Horns
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Colombian-born conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada makes his PSO debut in this program featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony horn section, led by William Caballero, will perform as soloists in Robert Schumann's tour de force "Concert Piece." Orozco-Estrada, Music director of the Houston Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. also conducts the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms and The Rise of Exotic Computing by Mason Bates.
Date: 03/27/2015 -          03/29/2015
03/27 - 7:30 pm
03/28 - 7:30 pm
03/29 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Romance of Schumann
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Pianist Helene Grimaud returns with Schumann's striking Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra. Bruckner's Symphony No. 7, his best-known work, is marked by an Adagio in memory of his idol, Richard Wagner, specifically with gorgeous writing for a quartet of Wagner tubas, an instrument invented by the late German composer.
Date: 04/10/2015 -          04/12/2015
04/10 - 7:30 pm
04/11 - 7:30 pm
04/12 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Brothers Honeck
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Rainer Honeck, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and brother of Manfred Honeck. makes his PSO debut in Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto, composed in 1939 for a Spanish violinist as a memorial to those killed in the Spanish Civil War. Maestro Honeck’s latest concert arrangement of an operatic score, a Suite from Dvorak's Rusalka, includes the beautiful "Song to the Moon." The concert ends with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," the composer’s powerful farewell statement.
Date: 04/17/2015 -          04/19/2015
04/17 - 7:30 pm
04/17 - 7:30 pm
04/17 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Disney FANTASIA
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
The PSO provides live accompaniment to scenes from Walt Disney's original Fantasia (1940) and Disney's Fantasia 2000 -- with excerpts from Beethoven's Symphony Nos. 5 and 6, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Debussy's Clair de Lune and Stravinsky's Firebird suite. The music of Ponchielli, Dukas and Elgar is also illustrated in these special cinematic concerts conducted by Ward Stare.
Date: 05/08/2015 -          05/10/2015
05/08 - 7:30 pm
05/09 - 7:30 pm
05/10 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Sound of a Modern Symphony
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
At the request of Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams, the PSO commissioned opera composer Jake Heggie ("Dead Man Walking") to write an unusual concerto for cello, voice and orchestra. It is based on a text by Laura Morefield, written during the poet's losing battle with cancer. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who won the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, makes her PSO debut. Then, guest conductor Michael Francis showcases the expressive power, versatility and virtuosity of the PSO in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.
Date: 05/15/2015 -          05/17/2015
05/15 - 7:30 pm
05/16 - 7:30 pm
05/17 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Dance and Flight
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Principal Bassoonist Nancy Goeres will enchant in the Pittsburgh premiere of David Ludwig's "Pictures from the Floating World." Debussy's languid impressionistic style will be heard in the opening work, "Iberia." Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena also brings dances from his home country and Argentina in suites from De Falla's opera "La Vida Breve," and Ginastera's rhythmic and passionate ballets "Panambi" and "Estancia."
Date: 05/29/2015 -          05/31/2015
05/29 - 7:30 pm
05/31 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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BeethovenFest: The Immortal
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Some say that Beethoven had difficulty writing melodies, yet his Violin Concerto abounds with beautiful tunes, each as serene and good-humored as the next. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff solos with Manfred Honeck conducting. Beethoven once again redefined the symphonic form through the inclusion of a chorus in his monumental Symphony No. 9, ending with the Ode to Joy, the deaf composer's celebration of life and universal brotherhood. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and a quartet of vocal soloists join the PSO.
Date: 06/05/2015 -          06/07/2015
06/05 - 7:30 pm
06/06 - 7:30 pm
06/07 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Mahler's "Titan" (Season Finale)
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performs Liszt's demanding Piano Concerto #2. Mahler’s Symphony #1 begins almost inaudibly, includes a parody of "Frere Jacques" as a funeral march, and ends in a blaze of glory. The program opens with Alan Fletcher's third concerto for the PSO's woodwind principals, this time featuring Principal Oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida.
Date: 06/12/2015 -          06/14/2015
06/12 - 7:30 pm
06/12 - 7:30 pm
06/12 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Celebrate Pittsburgh
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
The PSO's first sensory-friendly performance is designed for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities or other disabilities. They can enjoy a symphony performance together with family and friends in a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment. Pre-concert activities include dancing, playing instruments in a sound exploratorium and meeting musicians, specially designed pre-visit materials, quiet rooms, and a resource fair featuring local programs and services.
Date: 06/27/2015
Time: 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Diana Krall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer, Diana Krall, will perform material from her new album "Wallflower" with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She's the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz chart. Her nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums have garnered 5 Grammys, and eight Junos.
Date: 07/23/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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