Thanksgiving with Igudesman and Joo
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Often compared to luminaries such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious sketches. Their performances with some the most prestigious classical musicians have won reviews from The New York Times, Vanity Fair and many others. Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts.
Date: 11/28/2014 -          11/30/2014
11/28 - 7:30 pm
11/30 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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BeethovenFest: The Revolutionary
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Maestro Honeck begins three (non-consecutive) weekends on Beethoven's life and works with two of Beethoven's most-loved symphonies. The profoundly philosophical Fifth is surely one of the most well-known musical testaments in the repertoire. And the joyful, highly-charged Seventh exudes optimism despite the composer's total deafness.
Date: 12/05/2014 -          12/07/2014
12/05 - 7:30 pm
12/06 - 7:30 pm
12/07 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Celtic Thunder with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Celtic Thunder's first-ever symphony tour features songs from their 2013 chart-topping album "Christmas Voices." Along with holiday favorites such as "Away in a Manger" and "Fairytale of New York," Celtic Thunder's soloists will perform solo and ensemble numbers, signature Celtic Thunder hits and traditional Irish songs such as "Dulaman" and "My Land."
Date: 12/09/2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Tallis Scholars with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
The Tallis Scholars recently completed a very successful 99-concert world tour to 80 different venues in 16 countries. They return with a variety of inspiring music for the Christmas season, including a signature work -- Allegri's Miserere. The Tallis Scholars will close the concert in a shared performance of a newly-commissioned work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, who also will play selections from their Christmas albums.
Date: 12/10/2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Brought to life by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by exciting visuals on giant screens, Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the video game franchise's most memorable melodies. This event's premiere in Washington, D.C. sold out with a second performance added by popular demand.
Date: 01/17/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Wagner’s Good Friday Spell
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Young American conductor James Gaffigan's PSO debut includes the poignant "Good Friday Spell," from Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal, followed by Mendelssohn’s stirring Symphony No. 5, "Reformation", based on a theme by Martin Luther. Also, pianist Gabriela Montero plays Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G Major followed by one of her signature encore improvisations.
Date: 01/23/2015 -          01/25/2015
01/23 - 7:30 pm
01/25 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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A Night in Russia
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Guest conductor Krzysztof Urbanski gives the Pittsburgh premiere of Prokofiev's Russian Overture. Berlin Philharmnic and Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley is the soloist in Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto. a vastly entertaining work full of exotic harmonies and dance rhythms. Mussorgsky' Pictures at an Exhibition in Ravel's stunning brings the concert to a thrilling end.
Date: 01/30/2015 -          02/01/2015
01/30 - 7:30 pm
01/31 - 7:30 pm
02/01 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Jackie Evancho
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Jackie Evancho, Pittsburgh's 14-year-old vocal sensation, performs with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the lush classical-crossover music she is known for, as well as more contemporary material from her third studio album, "Awakening." Evancho also sings original songs and music from Broadway. "Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own," Evancho says.
Date: 02/13/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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BeethovenFest: The Hero
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
On the first half of this all-Beethoven program, Manfred Honeck conducts his own orchestration of the opening movement from Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 18 #4. Then, Lars Vogt performs the Piano Concerto #1. The mature Beethoven emerges in the Third Symphony, subtitled "Eroica,” which heralds the composer's middle period. It includes a famous funeral march and a finale of "Eroica" variations.
Date: 02/20/2015 -          02/22/2015
02/20 - 7:30 pm
02/22 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
With high-energy performances rooted in Eastern and Western traditions, their voices and instruments — including the Persian kamancheh, Indian tabla, Galician gaita, Japanese shakuhachi, Chinese pipa and sheng, world percussion, and Western strings — meet in a repertoire that reflects the multicultural reality of our global society. Yo-Yo Ma, the ensemble's artistic director, will be performing at this concert.
Date: 02/25/2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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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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