Music Director Manfred Honeck Closes the Season with a Grand Finale

Pianist Yuja Wang performs Tchaikovsky, Honeck concludes with Shostakovich

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) ends its BNY Mellon Grand Classics 2012-2013 Season with A Grand Finale with Yuja Wang.”

Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the PSO with Tchaikovsky’s well-known Piano Concerto No. 1, showcasing virtuoso Yuja Wang on piano. The concert will finish with the magnificent Russian masterpiece, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

With this performance, Pittsburgh audiences will have the first opportunity to hear repertoire the PSO will play in its upcoming European Festivals Tour.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 as well as 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.  Tickets, ranging from $20 to $85, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

As a part of the PSO’s Explore and Engage concert prelude program, Maestro Honeck will be interviewed on stage by Robert Moir, Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, discussing the concert’s program.  This event is free and open to all ticket holders, and begins one hour prior to the concert.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2012-2013 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.

 

23-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is recognized for playing that combines the fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire.  Born in Beijing, Yuja began studying piano at age six, and then at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Yuja moved to the U.S. at age 15 to study with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated in 2008. Yuja has already performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and New World symphonies and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the U.S. Abroad she has performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, London Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony in Tokyo. Yuja is also an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut recording titled Sonatas & Etudes, was released in spring 2009, and was followed by a second recording, Transformation, in spring 2010.

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. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Following their successful European Tour in 2010 and the European Festival Tour 2011 with appearances at the major music festivals, such as BBC Proms, Lucerne, Grafenegg, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein or Musikfest Berlin, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to Europe in October- November 2012. The tour took them to Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Luxembourg, and Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany. During a week-long residency at the Musikverein in Vienna, the orchestra performed four concerts. 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. Their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 won a 2012 International Classical Music Award (ICMA). Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than 10 years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.


Editors Please Note:
Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Heinz Hall


PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
YUJA WANG, piano


Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
II. Andantino semplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
Ms. Wang
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo

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