NORWEGIAN CONDUCTOR ARILD REMMEREIT RETURNS TO CONDUCT PSO AT HEINZ HALL

Violinist Viviane Hagner is soloist

PITTSBURGH – Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit will return to Heinz Hall to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring violinist Viviane Hagner.

The concerts will be held at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $88, 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 include Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

Arild Remmereit last conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in February 2007, having made his debut with the PSO in 2005.

Over a five-month period in 2005, Remmereit made five dramatic debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, quickly establishing himself as a major talent on the international scene.

Writing of Remmereit’s Pittsburgh debut, The New York Times said, “He showed utter self-assurance, using clear and wide-ranging gestures, particularly in a breathtakingly dynamic reading of the Schumann [Symphony No. 4]… The only thing listeners seemed to want to talk about afterward was Remmereit. ‘Sensational’ was the word heard most frequently.”

In September 2010, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Arild Remmereit as its 11th Music Director, beginning in the 2011-12 season.  Remmereit’s predecessors include illustrious conductors such as Eugene Goosens, Erich Lesindorf and David Zinman.

Born in Munich, violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her substantial and beautiful sound, highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry. Hagner has appeared with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, and Bavarian State Orchestra, in partnership with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Ricardo Chailly and Christoph Eschenbach, and in collaboration with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma and Pinchas Zukerman. Hagner last performed with the PSO at Heinz Hall in May 2003.

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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