PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL TO LEAD PSO IN CONCERTS OF VIVID AMERICAN MUSIC

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall for BNY Mellon Grand Classic concerts featuring vivid American music.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The program will feature PSO Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek performing Joan Tower’s Concerto for Clarinet. The concerts will open with Slatkin leading the Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s captivating Symphonic Suite from Elia Kazan’s classic 1954 film, On the Waterfront. The program concludes with Slatkin conducting Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

An internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Slatkin began serving as the PSO’s Principal Guest Conductor in the fall of 2008.

Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974, Slatkin has led virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States, including those of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia. He is a regular guest at major summer festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Saratoga and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations.

Hailed as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time” in The New Yorker magazine, PSO Composer of the Year Joan Tower was the first woman to receive the Grawemeyer Award in Composition in 1990. She also was the first composer chosen for the ambitious new Ford Made in America commissioning program, a collaboration of the League of American Orchestras (at that time, the American Symphony Orchestra League) and Meet the Composer.

Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1998 as Principal Clarinet. He also has performed as Principal Clarinet with the orchestras of Philadelphia and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and as a recitalist across Canada, on CBC Radio, and throughout the United States and Israel, including appearances with the Toronto Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music. In 1985, Rusinek was awarded the grand prize in the International Clarinet Society competition, and was a prizewinner in the Belgrade International clarinet competition.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.

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