Gala Concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Join Music Director Manfred Honeck and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for a spectacular Gala opening to the PSO's 2014-2015 season featuring Bruch's Violin Concerto #1 and popular pieces by Smetana, Sibelius, Strauss, and Prokofiev.
Date: 09/13/2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Two Trips
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Music Director Manfred Honeck begins the season with the lovesick Hector Berlioz's opioid hallucinations in the visionary Symphonie fantastique. Also, YouTube phenom Valentina Lisitsa returns to display her virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program opens with another kind of trip, back to the boyhood summers of the young American composer Mason Bates, via his "Rusty Air in Carolina."
Date: 09/19/2014 -          09/21/2014
09/19 - 7:30 pm
09/20 - 7:30 pm
09/21 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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A Night in Spain
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber makes his Pittsburgh debut, leading Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Manfred Symphony. Wellber is joined by the charismatic young Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, in the beloved Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. The program opens with Debussy's charming Petite suite, inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine.
Date: 10/10/2014
10/10 - 7:30 pm
10/11 - 7:30 pm
10/12 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Divine Travel
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier returns to lead Grieg's popular Peer Gynt suite. Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee solos in Nielsen's Flute Concerto. Sibelius' romantic Symphony No. 5, the composer’s reaction to the musical modernism of his time, closes this program.
Date: 10/24/2014
10/24 - 7:30 pm
10/26 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Isle of the Dead
Presented by: Pittsburgh Symphony
Rachmaninoff's brooding tone poem The Isle of the Dead and his melancholic Symphony No. 3 bookend this program with haunting themes, both quoting from the Latin hymn Dies Irae. Also, violinist Nicola Benedetti gives the PSO debut of Szymanowski's Concerto No. 1. Juraj Valcuha conducts.
Date: 10/30/2014 -          11/11/2014
10/30 - 7:30 pm
10/31 - 7:30 pm
11/11 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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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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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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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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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
05/29 - 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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