PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the 55th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, on June 9 at 7 p.m. in Point State Park.
Conducted by Lawrence J. Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the concert opens with a piece by Gioachino Rossini followed by Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home,” in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House’s construction. Copland composed this piece during World War II, in an effort to contribute to the war effort by creating patriotic music that would be meaningful to the general public.
Jasmine Muhammad, award winning resident artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, will join the orchestra to sing three arias, specifically “Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet, “Porgi amor” from The Marriage of Figaro and “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from La Boheme. The concert delivers a special treat for dog lovers as well — five local dogs will perform as soloists during Leopold Mozart’s “Hunting Horn Symphony.” Loh and the orchestra will close the evening with some audience favorites — John Williams’ classics “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the main and Princess Leia’s themes from Star Wars.
More information about the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival can be found at TrustArts.org/TRAF. More information about this concert and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra can be found at pittsburghsymphony.org.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, established by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1960, started out as a small outdoor art festival has grown into the region’s largest performing and visual art exhibition. The 10-day festival aims to connect the community to arts and culture and is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which has been touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, continues to be acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. It has made 40 international tours, including 20 in Europe, eight to the Far East, and two to South America. In January 2004, under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the Pittsburgh Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. Recordings and radio concerts are also an important part of the orchestra’s tradition. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.
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June 9, 7:00 p.m.
Point State Park
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
JASMINE MUHAMMAD, soprano
Overture to La gazza ladra (German edition)
Letter from Home
“Je veux vivre” from Roméo and Juliet
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart:
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart:
“Porgi amor” from The Marriage of Figaro
Leopold Mozart (Ed. Riessberger):
Sinfonia di caccia in G major, “Jagd Sinfonie”
“Danse bohème” from Suite No. 2 from Carmen
“Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from La bohème
“Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Suite from Star Wars
Princess Leia’s Theme