MUSIC DIRECTOR MANFRED HONECK, PSO PRESENT OPENING OF 2011-2012 BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS SEASON

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder returns Sept. 23
Eroica Trio debuts Sept. 30

PITTSBURGH – After the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s critically acclaimed 2011 European Festivals Tour presented by BNY Mellon, Music Director Manfred Honeck returns to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in the opening concerts of the 2011-2012 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season.

The season’s opening concerts will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Heinz Hall. The program includes George Gershwin’s Concerto in F major for Piano and Orchestra featuring Rudolf Buchbinder, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and PSO Composer of the Year Steven Stucky’s Dreamwaltzes. Buchbinder first performed with the PSO in August 1977, and returns after last performing with PSO in July 1993.

Honeck will also lead the PSO the following weekend in all-Beethoven concerts featuring the Eroica Trio. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The program will feature Overture to The Consecration of the House and Symphony No .3 in E-Flat major, “Eroica.” The Eroica Trio will be featured in Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, “Triple Concerto,” performing with the PSO for the first time.

Tickets – $20-$93 for Sept. 23-25 concerts and $25-$98 for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 concerts – can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org. University of Pittsburgh Night will be on Sept. 30. For special group rates, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/pitt.tix.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO.

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been called “the Viennese oracle on the core literature of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Firmly established as one of the most important pianists on the international scene, Buchbinder is a regular guest of such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, London Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has collaborated with the world’s most distinguished conductors including Abbado, Dohnányi, Frühbeck de Burgos, Giulini, Harnoncourt, Maazel, Masur, Mehta, Saraste, Sawallisch, and Thielemann, and is a regular guest at the Salzburger Festspiele and other major festivals around the world. Buchbinder is the founding artistic director of the Grafenegg Music Festival, a major international music festival near Vienna which launched in August 2007.

The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio (Erika Nickrenz, piano; Susie Park, violin; Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello) thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe, and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released eight critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy® nominations.

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