PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), make debut performances at the Lanaudière Festival in Quebec, Canada on July 23 and 24, 2010.
The Lanaudière Festival is the largest classical music festival in Canada, enjoyed by more than 60,000 visitors each year. Lanaudière has presented the likes of Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov, Renata Scotto, Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Karita Mattila, Mstislav Rostropovich and others. Located in the city of Joliette, about thirty-minutes from the eastern tip of the island of Montreal, the Festival’s covered 2,000 seat Amphitheatre is truly unique. The site takes the form of a shallow basin in a vale belted by hundred-year-old trees, where open-air symphonic concerts are transformed into truly exceptional musical and acoustical experiences.
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa joins Honeck and the PSO, on Friday, July 23, in an all-Beethoven program including the composer’s Piano Concert No. 5, Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 7. Lisitsa last performed with the PSO in April 2010. The following evening, July 24, the program features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Lohengrin.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to thank Alcoa Canada for its support of the performance on July 23. International touring is made possible, in part, by the Hillman Endowment for International Performance.
Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. Also beginning in September 2008, he became the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague, and in 2007, assumed the post of Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Honeck’s second season as music director began with critically acclaimed tour performances in Essen and Bonn, Germany, as well as closing the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Honeck also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the PSO in February 2010. Another major highlight was the 12-concert, 10-city, eight country, BNY Mellon 2010 European Tour in May 2010 which took Honeck and the Orchestra to various musical capitals including Paris and Vienna. Honeck has led the Orchestra in two critically acclaimed recordings, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Mahler’s First Symphony, released on the Japanese label Octavia/Exton. In May 2010, Honeck earned an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Described by critics as “[a] bona fide angel playing” and an “electrifying pianist”, the Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews since making her Mostly Mozart Festival debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling,” Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertory alone includes more than forty concerti, all of which have been performed. She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertory each season.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 34 international tours include 18 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. For more information, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
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Friday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
VALENTINA LISITSA, piano
BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Opus 62
BEETHOVEN Concerto in E flat major for Piano and Orchestra, “Emperor”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7, Opus 92
Saturday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
WAGNER Prelude to Lohengrin
STRAUSS Don Juan, Opus 20
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major
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