MUSIC DIRECTOR MANFRED HONECK, GUEST CONDUCTOR NOSEDA RETURN TO HEINZ HALL TO CELEBRATE TCHAIKOVSKY

Two-week long Tchaikovsky Festival boasts concerts, rare recordings of composer and his contemporaries, panel discussions, movie, poetry, chamber music & solo performances by Matsuev, Vatchnadze, Kodanashvili, Savitski & Serge Zimmermann

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will present a two-week long festival celebrating the music of famed Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Feb. 2-12 at Heinz Hall and other venues, including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Rodef Shalom Temple.

The festival, curated by Joseph Horowitz, will be highlighted by two weekends of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and PSO Victor de Sabata Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Noseda will take the podium at concerts starting at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 at Heinz Hall. The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Romeo and Juliet Duet for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra, and Francesca da Rimini.

Guest soloists include renowned pianist Denis Matsuev, who last performed at Heinz Hall in April 2009, soprano Danielle Pastin and tenor James Flora. Carnegie Mellon University acting seniors Ryan Melia and Sara Trapnell, and faculty member Anthony McKay will perform excerpts from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Dante’s Inferno at these concerts.

Honeck will lead the orchestra in concerts at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12. Violin virtuoso Serge Zimmermann will be the soloist in a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5.

The festival pays attention not only to the music of Tchaikovsky, but also to the man himself, exploring his world and to what degree his music was autobiographical. Audiences will discover little-known music by Tchaikovsky’s contemporaries Anton Arensky, Sergei Taneyev and Paul Pabst through performances and rare recordings that also include Tchaikovsky’s own voice.

The concerts will feature pre- and post-concert discussions with Honeck, Noseda, Horowitz and festival artists, as well as a post-concert performance Feb. 4-6 by Vakhtang Kodanashvili.

Other festival highlights include recitals by acclaimed pianists Edisher Savitski, Vakhtang Kodanashvili and George Vatchnadze, Duquesne University music faculty Kenneth Burky, Guenko Guechev and Natasha Snitkovsky, and Carnegie Mellon’s Starling String Quartet and other CMU performers. There also will be piano master classes, a free screening of Ken Russell’s 1970 Tchaikovsky biopic, The Music Lovers, dramatic readings by Carnegie Mellon University drama students and faculty, and a lecture-performance by psychiatrist and musician Richard Kogan exploring the connection between Tchaikovsky’s mental state and musical output.

The PSO also will be partnering with Fox Chapel Area High School for discussions, master classes and recitals featuring Noseda, Savitski, Kodanashvili and Horowitz. High school students from North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon also will participate in these events.

Tickets to the Heinz Hall concerts range from $20 to $93 ($12.50 to $51.50 for the Feb. 10 concert only). Prices are subject to change. Admission to the recitals at the universities and Rodef Shalom Temple will be $12 ($10 for students). Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Tickets for all the recitals can also be purchased at the venues prior to each event. The Feb. 5 all-day conference with the screening of The Music Lovers is free.

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.

The son of renowned violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, 19-year-old Serge Zimmermann received his first violin lessons from his mother at 5. His musicianship developed rapidly and he made his orchestral debut with a violin concerto by Mozart in 2000. Since then, he has performed with Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della RAI Torino, Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony. In December 2005, he gave his first recital in Essen, prompting the press to hail him as “…a sheer miracle.”

The New York Times has called Joseph Horowitz “a force in classical music today, a prophet and an agitator.” Horowitz pursues a dual career as writer/scholar and producer. Of his eight books, Classical Music in America: A History (2005) and Artists in Exile (2008) were both named best books of the year by The Economist. For the PSO, he served as curator for the 2009 Rediscovering Rachmaninoff festival and directed an NEH Teacher-Training Institute on “Dvořák and America,” hosted by the PSO last summer.

Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Matsuev has appeared in hundreds of recitals at the most prestigious and legendary concert halls throughout the world.

Georgian pianist Vakhtang Kodanashvili began his musical education at 6, attending Z. Paliashvili Georgian School of Music under the tutelage of Marina Gelashvili. He moved to the United States in 1995 to continue his studies with Alexander Toradze at Indiana University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in piano performance. As a member of the Toradze Piano Studio, Kodanashvili frequently performs throughout the world, as well as appearing in such prestigious music festivals as Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Sandpoint, Edinburgh, Ruhr, Stresa, Ravenna, Rotterdam, Salzburg and many others.

Edisher Savitski won the Third International Piano-E-Competition in 2006 and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in 2001. He has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout his career and performed in numerous prestigious venues in the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

George Vatchnadze has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, as well as Central and South America. Among others, he has performed at the Hollywood Bowl Festival, Ravinia Festival, Stresa Festival, and Rotterdam Philharmonic’s “Philips Gergiev” Festival. He has also been a frequent guest of St. Petersburg’s “White Nights” and “Mikkeli” (Finland) festivals.

James Flora is a second-year Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera. He is slated to sing Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pang in Turandot and L’Aumonier in Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the 2009-2010 season, he performed as Fenton in Falstaff and Dancairo in Carmen. Before coming to the Pittsburgh Opera, Flora was a Young American Artist at Glimmerglass Opera, covering Gastone in La Traviata in the summer of 2009.

Danielle Pastin continues to establish herself as one of most vivacious and passionate young artists of her generation. In the spring of 2011, she makes her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the role of Masha and covering Chloe in The Queen of Spades. Pastin enjoyed a successful residency with the Pittsburgh Opera, where she triumphed as the strong-willed heroine Rosasharn in the East Coast Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s epic opera The Grapes of Wrath, and then returned to Pittsburgh Opera as Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia.

TCHAIKOVSKY FESTIVAL

February 2 -12, 2011

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2-4 PM Orchestral Masterclass w/ Gianandrea Noseda*

Fox Chapel Area High School

Student ensembles from Fox Chapel Area High School, North Allegheny Senior High School and Mt. Lebanon High School will perform movements from the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and the Arensky Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky and coached by conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

3-4 PM Lecture by Joseph Horowitz, Festival Curator

Duquesne University – PNC Recital Hall

6 PM                Lecture by Joseph Horowitz, Festival Curator

University of Pittsburgh – Music Building, Room 123

7:30PM            Lecture/performance: “Tchaikovsky: Music & Melancholy”

Rodef Shalom Temple, Levy Hall

Richard Kogan, M.D., lecturer and piano

In this lecture/concert, psychiatrist and pianist Dr. Richard Kogan explores the connection between Tchaikovsky’s mental state and his musical output. The discussion will be illuminated by performance of some of his most beloved music.

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 ($12, general admission; $10, students)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

1:30 PM           Convocation with Joseph Horowitz, Festival Curator

Carnegie Mellon University – Kresge Hall

Free and open to general public. Reservations NOT required. For information, call 412.392.4876.

3 -5 PM Piano Masterclass with George Vatchnadze

Carnegie Mellon University – Alumni Recital Hall

Free and open to general public. Reservations NOT required. For information, call 412.392.4876.

7:30 PM Recital “The Virtuoso Tchaikovsky”

Carnegie Mellon University – Kresge Hall

Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano
Edisher Savitski, piano
Starling Quartet with Sooyi Kang, viola and Michael DePasquale, cello

Hosted by Festival Curator Joseph Horowitz

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev: Concert Suite from The Nutcracker (excerpts)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata in G, Op. 37

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 ($12, general admission; $10, students)

February 4, 5 & 6, 2011

BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Matsuev Plays Tchaikovsky

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Heinz Hall

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Danielle Pastin, soprano
James Flora, tenor
Denis Matsuev, piano
Sara Trapnell, actress
Ryan Melia, actor
Anthony McKay, actor

Concert Prelude with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Festival Curator Joseph Horowitz: “Interpreting the B-flat minor Piano Concerto” (with excerpts from Ken Russell’s film The Music Lovers)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Shakespeare: Excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene V
Tchaikovsky/Taneyev: Romeo and Juliet duet for soprano, tenor and orchestra
Dante:
Excerpt from The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Cantos III & V
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Post-Concert Performance: Tchaikovsky/Pletnev – Concert Suite from The Nutcracker (excerpts) performed by Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900

Saturday, February 5, 2011

TCHAIKOVSKY THE MAN: Screening and Conference
University of Pittsburgh, Bellefield Hall

Jennifer Orchard, violin
Mikhail Istomin, cello
George Vatchnadze, piano
Commentary by conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Joseph Horowitz, host

10:30 AM        Film Screening: Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers (1970)

2-5 PM             Conference – “Interpreting Tchaikovsky”

Tchaikovsky: “October” from The Seasons
George Vatchnadze, piano

“What Are Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies About?”
Keynote by Joseph Horowitz

“What is Tchaikovsky’s Music About?”
Colloquy with Joseph Horowitz and Gianandrea Noseda

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50Jennifer Orchard, violin
Mikhail Istomin, cello
George Vatchnadze, piano

Discussion

Free and open to general public. Reservations required. For information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org/tchaikovsky or call 412.392.4876.

Monday, February 7, 2011

1-2:30 PM Tchaikovsky Festival Recital*

Fox Chapel Area High School

Hosted by Joseph Horowitz, featuring Edisher Savitski, piano and Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano

8 PM Tchaikovsky Festival Recital*

California University of Pennsylvania

Hosted by Joseph Horowitz, featuring Edisher Savitski, piano and Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

7:30 PM       Recital: “Tchaikovsky and His Circle”

University of Pittsburgh, Bellefield Hall

Jennifer Orchard, violin
Mikhail Istomin, cello
Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano
Edisher Savitski, piano
George Vatchnadze, piano

Hosted by Joseph Horowitz, Festival curator

With commentary by Anna Nisnevich, University of Pittsburgh, and excerpts from the Block cylinder recordings (1890 – 1894)

Taneyev: Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op.29
Arensky:
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32
Arensky:
Suite for Two Pianos, No. 1, Op. 15
Arensky: Suite for Two Pianos, No. 2, Op. 23 (excerpts)
Pabst: Concert Paraphrase on Eugene Onegin for Two Pianos, Op. 81

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 ($12, general admission; $10, students)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

3 -5 PM Piano Masterclass with George Vatchnadze

Duquesne University – PNC Recital Hall

Free and open to general public. Reservations NOT required. For information, call 412.392.4876.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

7:30 PM           Recital: “The Poetic Tchaikovsky”
Duquesne University, PNC Recital Hall

Guenko Guechev, bass-baritone
Kenneth Burky, piano
Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano
Natasha Snitkovsky, piano
George Vatchnadze, piano

Joseph Horowitz, festival curator and host

Tchaikovsky: Three Songs
“My genius, my angel”
“None but the lonely heart”
“In the midst of the ball”

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons*
Tchaikovsky:
Dumka for piano in C minor, Op. 59
Tchaikovsky: Three Songs: “Tears are trembling,” “I bless you forests,” “Don Juan’s Serenade”

Post Concert Discussion

*Each movement of The Seasons will be preceded by readings of the related poetic epigraph in Russian and English.

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 ($12, general admission; $10, students)

February 10, 11 & 12, 2011

BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Tchaikovsky Festival Finale

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Heinz Hall

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Serge Zimmermann, violin

Concert Prelude with PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck and Festival Curator Joseph Horowitz

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

Post-Concert Artist Chat: Festival wrap-up with Manfred Honeck, Joseph Horowitz and Robert Fallon

For tickets, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org call the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900

Saturday, February 12, 2011

10 AM-Noon   Quartet Masterclass at Fox Chapel Area High School (Coaches TBD)*

Student quartets from the Fox Chapel Area School District will perform the four movements of the Tchaikovsky String Quartet in D Major.

* Denotes events produced directly by the partnering organization

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