PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced that Oscar-winning actor and Pittsburgh native, F. Murray Abraham, will replace actor John Lithgow as the speaker in the PSO’s performances of Mozart’s Requiem at Heinz Hall in October.
Lithgow had to cancel his appearance with the PSO because it conflicts with his schedule of a theatrical production in London.
A veteran of screen and stage, Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as composer Antonio Salieri in the hit 1984 movie, Amadeus. He has appeared in more than 80 films, including Scarface, The Name of the Rose, Star Trek: Insurrection and Finding Forrester. On stage, Abraham has appeared Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and Uncle Vanya (for which he received an Obie Award), Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the musical Triumph of Love (alongside Betty Buckley), Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus Rex, Angels in America (both Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), A Christmas Carol, and Paper Doll.
The PSO’s BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts of Mozart’s Requiem will be held Oct. 12-14 at Heinz Hall. For tickets, call 412.392.4900, or visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org.