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PSO with Conductor Yan Tortelier Present RUSSIAN MASTERPIECES, 11/1-11/3

PSO with Conductor Yan Tortelier Present RUSSIAN MASTERPIECES, 11/1-11/3

Returning guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and piano virtuoso/winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition Daniil Trifonov will transport the BNY Mellon Grand Classics audience to early 20th-century Russia with the music of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff on Nov. 1-3.

One of the rising stars of the new generation of pianists, Trifonov tackles Prokofiev's tumultuous Piano Concerto No. 2, which is known for its impressive technical demands. The concert finishes with the Pittsburgh Symphony performing Rachmaninoff's passionate and sweeping Symphony No. 2, his answer to the critical failure of his first symphony.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging from $25.75 to $109.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor and Guest Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Also, on Sunday, Nov. 3, the PSO Book Club with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham and Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Tier Lounge to discuss "Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev" by Simon Morrison. The book club session is free to all ticket holders to the Sunday afternoon performance, but availability is limited; advance registration is required. To register, call 412.392.4876 or email explore@pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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