The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh presents Ravel, Debussy, and Galbraith

Fri, Dec 14 2018 at 7:30 pm

On December 14, 2018, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh will perform a newly commissioned piano concerto by Nancy Galbraith, with soloist Sung-Im Kim, as well as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and selections from the Piano Preludes by Claude Debussy, arranged for chamber orchestra. The concert will be performed at the First Unitarian Church on Morewood Avenue in Shadyside, and will begin at 7:30pm.   Students $10 General Admission $25.

Free reception to follow.

The concert is the second of three premieres to be performed by COP in its 2018-19 performance season, part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to presenting new work to Greater Pittsburgh audiences. Artistic Director Edward Leonard says, “We are delighted to work with Pittsburgh artists, and Nancy is an established composer well known all over the country. I have always loved working with her and chose her for this commission because I knew that she would present a genuine and beautiful piece for our audience.” A celebrated Pittsburgh composer, Galbraith holds the Vira I. Heinz endowed Chair of the Composition program in the School of Music of Carnegie Mellon University. Of her new work, Galbraith says: “The outer movements are very rhythmically driven. I set out in this work to make use of the harp combining with the piano to create interesting textures. This is most notably true in the middle movement, which is where I began composing the work. I wanted this movement to sound like a surreal dream.” Sung-Im Kim will be the soloist for the new work. Kim holds a position at the CMU School of Music as an Artist Lecturer in piano, and she has attracted considerable attention for her performances in the area.

The December 14 concert also includes two celebrated works. Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro is a highly regarded piece, noted because of how Ravel features the double-action pedal harp by Maison Érard who commissioned the composition of the work. The Debussy Preludes are well-known compositions for piano, and COP will be performing an orchestration that capitalizes on the intimacy of a chamber orchestra. “These are incredible and interesting pieces that really describe the images of their titles,” says Leonard. “They will also be a great compliment to the Ravel and Galbraith.”  

The creation and premiere performance of Galbraith’s original work is made possible by a grant from the Small Arts Initiative of the Heinz Endowments.


First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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