PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN RETURNS TO LEAD PSO IN CONCERTS OF ‘MYSTERIOUS’ MUSIC

World-renowned Sir James Galway is flute soloist

PITTSBURGH – Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall for the 2011-2012 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in music suited for Halloween weekend.

The concerts feature Sir James Galway, widely regarded as the best flutist on the stage today, as guest soloist. Galway, who first performed with the PSO in July 1978, returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since September 2006.

Concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30. Tickets, ranging from $25 to $98, 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 includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 67; Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”; Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314; and Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy.

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.

An internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He was 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.

Sir James Galway, “the man with the golden flute,” a living legend, the most influential flutist of our time, celebrated his 70th birthday in 2010. Since 1975, when Galway launched his solo career, he has continuously performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, participated in chamber music engagements, popular music concerts and given masterclasses. From Galway’s lips have come definitive treatments of classical repertoire and masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. He also features contemporary music in his programs, including new flute works commissioned by him and for him by composers such as Amram, Bolcom, Corigliano, Heath, Lieberman and Maazel.

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