September 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
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Returning for another memorable night that is sure to delight guests of all ages, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing a powerhouse of a concert as it opens the 2015-16 Ovations! season.
For its return to the Fisher Auditorium stage, the PSO will present a program that includes works by Bach and Beethoven, plus a side-by-side performance with select IUP student musicians performing Suite 1 from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Borodin's Polovetzian Dances.
Always one of our more popular events, this concert marks the PSO debut of its newest resident conductor, Francesco Lecce-Chong.
A post-concert reception, sponsored by IUP Dining, will be held in the Crimson Café.
Founded as the Pittsburgh Orchestra in 1895, and performing under the baton of Maestro Victor Herbert in 1896, the musicians quickly gained the popularity of their listeners, earning them an invitation to perform two concerts at Carnegie Hall, in New
York City in 1899. Andrew Carnegie, who agreed to finance the trip, told reporters at the Pittsburgh Post “I think it is the best orchestra, with the exception of possibly the Boston Symphony, in the United States.”
Surviving even the hard times of the Great Depression, the orchestra continued to grow in size, refinement and worldwide popularity, performing across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, the PSO has released a number of albums, including its recent performance of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 and the symphonic suite from Jenůfa by Janáček, with which it earned such a
Tickets are available beginning August 25, 2015, by visiting the IUP HUB Box Office on Pratt Drive, by calling 724-357-1313, or by ordering online. Regular: $40; Discounted for seniors or groups of 10 or more: $34; and I-Card holders, students, and children: $18.
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