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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents a BNY Mellon Grand Classic Concert with Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha, 4/4,6

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents a BNY Mellon Grand Classic Concert with Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha, 4/4,6

Guest conductor Juraj Val?uha returns to BNY Mellon Grand Classics to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and violinist Stefan Jackiw in a program of romantic-era favorites - as well as a premiere of a new work - on April 4 and 6 at Heinz Hall.

This performance begins with the world premiere of a Pittsburgh Symphony co-commission, "Supplica" by Christopher Rouse. A companion piece to his Fourth Symphony, the meaning behind this intimate and impassioned piece is purposely left up to the listener to define. Mendelssohn's popular and innovative Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, follows and features Jackiw. The concert finishes with "La mer" by Claude Debussy and "La valse" by Maurice Ravel, colorful and lush impressionistic works.

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, Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor will conduct a pre-concert talk with composer Christopher Rouse one hour before each performance. Also, onSunday, April 6, the PSO Book Club with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Tier Lounge to discuss "What Makes It Great" by conductor and composer Rob Kapilow. The book club session is free to all ticket holders to the Sundayafternoon performance, but availability is limited; advance registration is required. To register, call 412-392-4876 or emailexplore@pittsburghsymphony.org.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting www.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.

Juraj Val?uha has been chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino since 2009. He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, St. Petersburg (with Ilya Musin) and Paris. In 2005, he made his debut with Orchestre National de France. In the following seasons, he led the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden and Munich Philharmonic. He made his U.S. début with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. Highlights of the 2013-2014 season are touring to the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with OSN Rai, to the Bratislava Festival with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, debut with the NHK Tokyo on a Japan tour, and conducting returns to the Philharmonia, Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Cologne, NDR Hamburg, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Munich Philharmonic, as well as to opera productions (Puccini's Butterfly and Prokofiev's The Love for three Oranges) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.

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