SLOVAKIAN CONDUCTOR VALČUHA, PERCUSSIONIST GLENNIE RETURN TO HEINZ HALL FOR STUCKY’S ‘SPIRIT VOICES’

Program also features Rachmaninoff’s ‘Symphonic Dances,’ Ravel’s ‘Mother Goose’

PITTSBURGH – Renowned Slovakian conductor Juraj Valčuha returns to Heinz Hall next month to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a series of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring the music of Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and PSO Composer of the Year Steven Stucky.

Famed percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, will be the featured soloist, showcasing her notable musicality and virtuosity in Stucky’s Spirit Voices. Glennie, who first appeared with the PSO at Heinz Hall in April 1997, seamlessly moves across the stage while performing on an impressive array of percussion instruments. Her most recent appearance at Heinz Hall was in February 2008.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, 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 also features a suite from Ravel’s Mother Goose, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.

Juraj Valčuha, who last appeared at Heinz Hall in April 2010, is chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino. He studied composition, conducting and cymbalon at the Bratislava Conservatory and spent two years in St. Petersburg and studied conducting with Ilya Musin. He moved to Paris in 1998 and studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with Janos Fürst. Valčuha was assistant music director of the Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier from 2003 to 2005. In 2010-2011, he conducted the New Year concerts of the Munich Philharmonic with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia London, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Florence, Houston Symphony and the Los Angeles Phil. He just conducted a new production of La Boheme at Teatro La Fenice Venezia. With his RAI Orchestra, he appeared on tour in the “Abu Dhabi Classics” series with Yo-Yo Ma and Bozhanov. In 2011-2012, he will debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and WDR Symphony Orchestra.

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today, she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. Since graduating with an Honors degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London at 19, Glennie gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide, performing with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. Her diversity of collaborations includes visual mixing with live music and improvisation with DJ Yoda and as a budding ‘Beat Boxer’ with Shlomo. She is also creating new challenges through her collaboration with Marc Brew Productions Ltd for Dance collaboration planned for the 2012 Cultural Olympics, as well as collaborations including Nana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Fred Frith and Taipei Chinese Orchestra. As the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers, the repertoire continues to expand.

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