PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRINGS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CONCERT TO HILL DISTRICT

May 31 concert at Kaufmann Center features PSO musicians Jennifer Orchard, Marylène Gingras-Roy as soloists

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) returns to the Hill District for a fifth annual Community Engagement Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra in the concert that will feature PSO musicians Jennifer Orchard, violin, and Marylène Gingras-Roy, viola, as soloists. The program features works by Mozart, Gustav Holst, Franz Schubert and Frederick Delius.

Tickets ($4 for students [K-college], $6 for seniors and $8 for adults) can be purchased by calling 412.392.6479. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the concert.  Ticket price includes a post-concert all-audience reception, and all ticket proceeds benefit the children in the arts programs of the Hill House Association.

The Hill House Association acts as host for the concert, and all ticket proceeds benefit the arts programs of the Hill House Association.

Through Community Engagement Programs, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra builds connections between the PSO and Pittsburgh communities via ongoing and multi-leveled relationships. These successful programs help to educate the PSO about its audiences and their home communities.  PSO Community Engagement Programs are specifically designed to build relevance between community residents and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank the EQT Corporation, Dollar Bank, PPG Industries Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives for their support of this Community Engagement Concert.

Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lawrence Loh came to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics. He is Co-Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. His guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee.

Canadian violinist Jennifer Orchard has traveled the world performing as a chamber musician, soloist, and currently as first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2001. While in high school, Orchard won a position to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with Szymon Goldberg. She continued her studies, obtaining a master’s degree from the Juilliard School with Robert Mann and participated at the Marlboro Music Festival. After graduating from Julliard, she was invited to be a member of the world renowned Lark Quartet, and recorded works of Robert Schumann, Alfred Schnittke, Peter Schickele, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Amy Beach, Alexander Borodin and the Pulitzer Prize winning quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis – one of several new works for string quartet commissioned by the Lark Quartet. In 2002, she began performing in the Pittsburgh Piano Trio, which has performed at Carnegie Hall, St Petersburg Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, where the Trio presented Russian premiere of the Triple Concerto of Paul Juon with the Tchaikovsky State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseev.

A native of Québec City, Canada, Marylène Gingras-Roy joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season and, in 2004, was promoted to fourth chair. She studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec with Douglas McNabney and François Paradis and graduated in 1993 with unanimous First Prizes in both in viola and chamber music. She was then the recipient of Canada and Québec Arts Councils’ Scholarship Grants, enabling her to attend the Harid Conservatory with Victoria Chiang and the Curtis Institute of Music with Karen Tuttle and Joseph DePasquale, where she earned an Artist Diploma in 1997. She has participated in many festivals, including the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Solti Project at Carnegie Hall, Jerusalem Music Festival, and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, where she served as Principal violist. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. She is heard regularly in chamber music concerts and maintains a full teaching schedule at Duquesne University, privately and is the viola coach for the Three Rivers Young People Orchestra.

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