Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Offers Free Community Concert on November 21 at Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH – For the second year, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering a free community concert on the same evening as Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. This year, the 45-minute concert at Heinz Hall is Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

Conducted by Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor, this concert includes selections by Wagner, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius and Ravel’s Concerto in G major — which features Fox Chapel Area High School student Rishi Mirchandani, a piano phenom who has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and won a Grand Prize at the World Piano Competition.

Reserve your free tickets in advance at the Heinz Hall box office or by calling 412-392-4900. Tickets also will be available on the night of the performance. This event is general admission with seating on a first come, first served basis.

This concert is made possible by annual funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Fawzi HaimorFawzi Haimor holds the position of resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts a variety of concerts including classical, pops, education and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he has served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In his first European season, Haimor made an impressive debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Bruckner’s Symphony No.4 and was re-invited after the first rehearsal. In the United Kingdom, he appeared with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester at the Cadogan Hall, London with a contemporary programme and with Sinfonia ViVA in a classical programme, including Schumann cello concerto with Leonard Elschenbroich and Beethoven Symphony No.1. The Derby Telegraph noted of the Beethoven, “A buoyant scherzo was followed by a runaway romp of a finale, the criss-crossing scale-patterns exhilarating in their precision and incisiveness.” Elsewhere, Haimor works with Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra and Amman Symphony in the Middle East. Highlights for the 2014-2015 season include returning to the Orquesta Sinfonia di Porto and debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Prokofiev’s 7th Symphony, Haydn Orchesta Bolzano, Qatar Philharmonic, Bursa State Orchestra, Turkey and education projects with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with a staged production of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Haimor was invited to attend rehearsals with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim this summer at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. His repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he was the founder of the Davis Summer Symphony which is geared towards the education and outreach of classical music in the community. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay area. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, where he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.

Rishi MirchandaniBorn in 1996, Rishi Mirchandani began playing the piano at the age of five and currently studies with Professor Luz Manriquez at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Mirchandani has given three performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and has won three gold medals and a Grand Prize at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. This performance is Mirchandani’s debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is part of his award as the winner of the First Prize at the 2014 Duquesne Young Artist National Competition (Concerto Division). Mirchandani also has appeared as a soloist with the World Festival Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra as a Steinway Young Artist. In addition, Mirchandani has participated in master classes with renowned Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang and acclaimed Israeli improvisationist Isaac Steiner. In March 2014, Mirchandani performed the American premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Three Preludes for Piano as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Contemporary Ensemble concert series. Mirchandani’s studio recording of this work appears on Galbraith’s newest album, “Strange Travels,” which was released by Centaur Records in November 2014. In addition to music, Mirchandani also is deeply interested in mathematics. Mirchandani’s many accolades for his research on social choice theory include two Grand Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and a publication in the Journal of Mathematics Research. Mirchandani is currently a senior at Fox Chapel Area High School near Pittsburgh. He serves as captain of his school’s debate team and president of his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing recreational cricket.

For more than 117 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. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO 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.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

Heinz Hall
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor

Richard Wagner:

Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, “Jupiter”
I. Allegro vivace

Maurice Ravel:

Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
I. Allegramente
Mr. Mirchandani

Jean Sibelius:

“Valse Triste” from Kuolema, Opus 44

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

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