Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Opens Season With CARMINA BURANA, 10/4 - 10/6
Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the opening weekend of the 2013-2014 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season on Oct. 4-6, with a concert featuring one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carmina Burana, and a world premiere by Pittsburgh-based composer David Stock.
Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events. This dynamic performance will include Lisette Oropesa, soprano; Andrey Nemzer, tenor; Hugh Russell, baritone; and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of Betsy Burleigh.
Acclaimed composer David Stock, one of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Pittsburgh Composers of the Year, wrote the new Sixth Symphony (world premiere and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commission) specifically for his hometown orchestra. This symphony is influenced by Stock's Jewish heritage and includes hymns from the synagogue service.
The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $30.75 to $124.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, beginning one hour prior to performance, as well as exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created - enriching each concertgoer's understanding and enjoyment.
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.
David Stock is professor emeritus at Duquesne University, where he conducted the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been composer-in-residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and is conductor laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. He retired as music director of PNME at the end of the 1998/99 season, after 23 years of dedication to new music and the living composer. His large catalog of works include symphonies, string quartets and concerti for various instruments; chamber, solo and orchestral music; and work for dance, theater, TV and film. Stock has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, five Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, five Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and grants and commissions from Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Paderewski Fund for Composers, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Boston Musica Viva, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Richard Stoltzman, Duquesne University, the Erie Philharmonic, and many others.