Pgh. Symphony to play at college


By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

NEW WILMINGTON, PA.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will begin an annual two-performance series at Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium beginning with the 2018-19 season.

“It is a remarkable opportunity to enjoy world-class music in New Wilmington,” said Kathy B. Richardson, president of the college.

The series will also mark the return of he PSO to the region. The Grammy Award-winning orchestra ended its series at New Castle’s Scottish Rite Cathedral at the end of the 2016-17 season after a 16-year run.

On Oct. 6, the PSO – under the direction of Manfred Honeck – will present a program titled “Bernstein in Pittsburgh” at the 1,700-seat Orr Auditorium. The orchestra, with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, will present a centennial celebration of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein that will include pieces Bernstein conducted with the PSO early in his career, as well as Bernstein’s own First Symphony, which the PSO premiered in 1944.

On March 25, 2019, the PSO will return to Westminster with violinist Julian Rachlin to present a concert that will feature “Morning Mood” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” suite, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Season subscriptions to the PSO at Westminster series – which is not part of the college’s Celebrity Series – are $98, $78 and $70 ($55, $45 and $40 for single-show tickets; $12 for ages 5 to 24). Call the box office at 724-946-7354.

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