Noseda leads PSO in music from and inspired by his homeland; ‘Concert Italia’ features Benjamin Hochman performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for left hand only

BNY Mellon Grand Classics program includes PSO performance of work by former Music Director Victor de Sabata

PITTSBURGH – Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to Heinz Hall for a second weekend of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts in January, this time featuring music from and inspired by his homeland.

The “Concert Italia” performances will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $35, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Noseda, who is the PSO’s Victor de Sabata Guest Conductor, will lead the PSO in a program that features de Sabata’s beautiful La notte di Plàton (The Night of Plato). De Sabata was a former music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and this would be the first time the orchestra would be performing this piece.

Benjamin Hochman is the guest soloist, and will perform Ravels demanding Piano Concerto for left hand. Hochman last performed at Heinz Hall in March 2010.

The program concludes with Richard Strauss’ Aus Italien (From Italy).

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2012-2013 season sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO.

Since becoNoseda 2012 (Use this) (Sussie Ahlburg 2012) Col_3ming music director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007, Gianandrea Noseda has propelled it into the ranks of leading opera houses. He regularly conducts many of the leading international orchestras and is also Chief Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic, Victor De Sabata Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Laureate Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He served as the first foreign principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre from 1997–2007. The 2011–2012 season was a seminal one for him and included celebrated performances of Britten’s War Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in London and New York. The New York Times selected the performance at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival as one of the top ten performances of 2011, while Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “Noseda marshalled the finest War Requiem I have heard.” LSO Live subsequently released a recording in 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the War Requiem’s premiere.

Winner of 2011’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has achieved widespread acclaim for his effortless and thoughtful performances as an accomplished orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. After his successful recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he became a strong musical presence in New York through his concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra, his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and appearances at the 92nd Street Y. Hochman has performed with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, American, and Cincinnati. Houston Symphony and Istanbul State Orchestras, the Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Jersey and Portland Symphonies, the New York String Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada under eminent conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Leon Botstein, Nir Kabaretti, Jaime Laredo, Jun Märkl, Daniel Meyer, Arthur Post, Lucas Richman, Bramwell Tovey, Kaspar Zehnder and Pinchas Zukerman. He has appeared in his native Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists, the Raanana and Jerusalem Symphonies, and has joined conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a Mozart Piano Concerto project with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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