HONECK, PSO PRESENT BEETHOVEN, MOZART, RESPIGHI’S ‘FOUNTAINS OF ROME,’ ‘PINES OF ROME’

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Lars Vogt performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 16

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Music Director Manfred Honeck present BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts at Heinz Hall that will warm the heart and ears with the youthful symphonic energy of Beethoven’s joyous Symphony No. 1.

Acclaimed pianist Lars Vogt returns for a commanding performance of Mozart’s mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, after his previous visit to Heinz Hall in February last year. Following Vogt, Honeck and the PSO transport the audience across the ocean to the essence, history and romance of Italy captured in Ottorino Respighi’s well-known Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10,  and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $98, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

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.

Lars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has since gone on to give major concerto and recital performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Vogt enjoys a high profile as a recitalist and chamber musician and recent appearances include London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Rome, Istanbul and New York.  In June 1998 he founded his own festival in Heimbach, Germany.  Known as “Spannungen,” its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. He enjoys regular partnerships with colleagues such as Christian Tetzlaff and collaborates occasionally with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher. He has also initiated an education project in Germany, called “Rhapsody in School.”

Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. Only two years later his contract was extended until 2016. Honeck’s successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim. Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than ten years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It is this experience that has heavily influenced his conducting and has helped give it a distinctive stamp.

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