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PSO performs works by Bates, Heggie

Heinz Hall

Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “the Sound of The Modern Symphony” this weekend (May 15, 17). Conductor Michael Francis will lead the Pittsburgh premiere of PSO Composer of the Year mason Bate’s Alternative Energy for Orchestra and Electronica and the World Premiere of the PSO-commissioned The Work at Hand by Jake Heggie. Heggie’s double concerto was commissioned by the PSO for principal cellist Anne-Martindale Williams and mezzo-soprano. Vocal duties will fall to Jaime Barton in her PSO debut. Rounding out the program is Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

May 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

PSO Plays Bates’ White Lies for Lomax

January 23, 2015
7:30 pm
January 25, 2015
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Mason Bates is once again the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year and the orchestra will perform his White Lies for Lomax on Friday and Sunday. Also on the program are Ravel’s Concerto in G Major for piano and orchestra with Gabriel Montero as soloist, Wagner’s “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal, and Medelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation.

January 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm Comments (0)

PSO Plays Bate’s Rusty Air in Carolina

September 19, 2014
7:30 pm
September 20, 2014
7:30 pm
September 21, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Pittsburgh Symphony will present Mason Bates as the 2014-15 Composer of the Year. The orchestra will perform Bate’s Rusty Air in Carolina  as part of it’s second BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend in a program that features Valentina Lisitsa on piano (Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini) and Berliozz’ Symphonie Fantastique.


Smith: Star Spangled Banner
Bates: Rusty Air in Carolina (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43
Bach: Suite No. 3: Air (Air on the G String)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14

September 7, 2014 at 11:49 am Comments (0)

PSO Performs Galbraith’s Euphonic Blues

March 21, 2014
8:00 pm
March 23, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues its Year of the Pittsburgh Composer with a performance of Nancy Galbraith’s Euphonic Blues. Euphonic Blues was premiered in 2012 by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Donald Runnicles will also lead the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and highlights from Wagner’s Ring.

Nancy Galbraith resides in Pittsburgh, where she is Professor of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University. In a career that spans three decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression.

Galbraith has had six works performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 1988 premiere of Morning Litany, directed by the eminent Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdetsvensky. The orchestra followed with performances of Danza de los Duendes in 1992, Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1995, and Tormenta del Sur in 2001. In 1998 the PSO commissioned and premiered A Festive Violet Pulse for a celebration welcoming its new music director Mariss Jansons. De profundis ad lucem was commissioned by California University of Pennsylvania to celebrate its 150th anniversary and was premiered there by the PSO in 2002. The work received its European premiere with the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest in the Netherlands in 2011.

March 19, 2014 at 8:51 am Comments (0)

PSO Premieres The Elements

February 7, 2014
8:00 pm
February 8, 2014
8:00 pm
February 9, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall


XKCD: The Elements

So many reasons you are not going to want to miss the PSO’s  premiere of The Elements this weekend, not the least of which is the post-concert opportunity to write indignant letters to Elizabeth Bloom and Mark Kanny about how disturbed you were by the exclusion of lithium. For instance.

All (or at least most) kidding aside, this is a big weekend in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s year-long celebration of Pittsburgh composers. The Elements is a five movement work with movements contributed by Patrick Burke, Bomi Jang, Mathew Rosenblum, Reza Vali, and Amy Williams. Each composer’s piece will take as its theme one of the archaic elements such as earth, water, air, fire, and metal. No word yet on which composer has the Fifth Element.

The concert will also include Holst’s perennial favorite The Planets, and as if that’s not enough, the orchestra will project NASA video of our solar system during the performance. It’s no wonder the tickets have been selling pretty quickly, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t wait much longer.

February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm Comments (0)

PSO Premieres Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley

January 17, 2014
8:00 pm
January 18, 2014
8:00 pm
January 19, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Hila Plitmann

Hila Plitmann returns as soloist with the PSO.

Richard Danielpour pays tribute to the plight of the Iranian people in Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a co-commission between the PSO and the Nashville Symphony that features soprano star Hila Plitmann. The Program also includes Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, The Philosopher.

January 17, 2014 at 8:39 am Comments (0)

PSO Gives American Premiere of New Balada Symphony

November 8, 2013
8:00 pm
November 9, 2013
8:00 pm
November 10, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Balada_leonardoThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues its celebration of Pittsburgh composers with the American premiere of CMU faculty composer Leonardo Balada’s Symphony No. 6 Symphony of Sorrows. The work was commissioned by the Barcelona Symphony which also gave the premiere in 2006. A native of Spain, Balada wrote Symphony of Sorrows to evoke and memorialize the tragedies of the Spanish Civil. The program also includes Scheherazade and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D.

Find out more about Leonardo Balada and his Sixth Symphony.

November 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm Comments (0)

PSO Launches Year of the Pittsburgh Composer with Stock’s Sixth Symphony

October 4, 2013
8:00 pm
October 5, 2013
8:00 pm
October 6, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

StockThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has declared 2013 The Year of the Pittsburgh Composer with four concerts covering featuring new works by David Stock, Leonarda Balada, Nancy Galbraith, and multi-movement work with contributions from Patrick Burke Bomi Jang, Mathew Rosenblum, Reza Vali, and Amy Williams. The celebration of some of the City’s best known composers begins on Friday, October 4 when the orchestra premieres David Stock’s Sixth Symphony, and coincidentally, celebrates the composer’s 75th birthday.

David Stock needs little introduction to Pittsburgh’s new music community as the founder of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, long time Professor of Musicianship at Duquesne, and composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles all over the world. Stock also played a leading role in helping the PSO develop this season’s emphasis on Pittsburgh artists.

Oh yeah, there’s also some piece by Orff. Carmin… Carmina… something or other. Supposed to be pretty fun.


September 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm Comments (0)

Mutter, PSO Play Lutoslwaski to Open Berlin Musikfest

Stream this concert live in a about half an hour. Anne Sophie Mutter and the PSO play Lutoslawski’s gorgeous Chain II for the opening of the PSO tour. The concert also includes Léoš Janáček’s Suite for string orchestra and Ein Heldenleben. 

August 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm Comments (0)

Mercury Soul with DJ Masonic (Mason Bates) and the PSO

April 5, 2013
9:00 pm

DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), composer & DJ
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Benjamin Shwartz, music director
Anne Patterson, director and designer

Electronica and classical music collide at Mercury Soul, a hybrid musical event that re-imagines the classical music experience in extraordinary spaces. Interspersed with thrilling performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the thumping beat of PSO’s Composer of the Year, DJ Mason Bates, Mercury Soul gives audiences the freedom to dance, roam and experience music and art installation in a club setting. Visual director Anne Patterson collaborates with CMU’s School of Drama to create media and lighting design inspired by the music.  No program book and plenty to drink:  a 21st Century ‘salon’ at its finest!

Program to include:

Adams: Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Xenakis: Okho
Stravinsky: Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Corigliano: Stomp feat. Noah Bendix-Balgley
Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing (PSO commission & World Premiere)

  • 21+ event. ID required.*
  • Doors at 9pm, music begins around 9:30pm at STATIC in the Strip District at 1650 Smallman Street.
  • Ample lit and secure street parking directly across from the venue for $5 (cash only).
  • Free coat check.
  • VIP packages available – includes private, reserved seating for parties of 6 in the balcony.  Very exclusive and limited availability, call 412.392.4819 for details and to secure a table.

Find out more…

March 29, 2013 at 8:31 am Comments (0)

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