PITTSBURGH – Renowned French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and violin sensation Sarah Chang return to Heinz Hall this month for two BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts celebrating musical heritage.

Former principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tortelier will lead the PSO in a program that features Morton Gould’s Spirituals, a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s classic West Side Story, and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, March 23 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. 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 at

Chang, whose last appearance at Heinz Hall was in October 2010, performs a suite from West Side Story, arranged by David Newman. The son of Hollywood composing legend Alfred Newman, David Newman is an illustrious film composer whose career spans 40 years and includes scores for The War of the Roses and Hoffa.

The concerts begin with the dramatic Spirituals by Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Morton Gould evoking aspects of African-American life in history. The second half of the program features Sibelius’ First Symphony, an impressive and moving work that depicts the composer’s native Finnish landscape.

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.

Recognized as one of the world’s great violinists, Sarah Chang made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 8. She has since performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. In 2012, she will have recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for 20 years. Her highlights this year include appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic and Calgary Philharmonic. Last year, she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Wolfgang Sawallish, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, the late Isaac Stern, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Yan Pascal Tortelier, who last conducted the PSO in March 2011 at Heinz Hall, is Principal Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys a distinguished career as a guest with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. Tortelier has collaborated with major orchestras, including the London Symphony and London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras, Czech Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala Milan, and in North America, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Further afield he has collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras.

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