PITTSBURGH – French conductor Ludovic Morlot makes his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring violinist Sarah Chang at Heinz Hall.

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh also will perform at the concerts on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at

The program includes Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Oberon, PSO Composer of the Year Joan Tower’s Sequoia and works by Max Bruch and Maurice Ravel.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.

Quickly establishing a strong reputation as one of the leading conductors of his generation, Ludovic Morlot was named Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in June, a post he assumes in September 2011 for an initial period of six years. Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic, as well as at the Opéra National de Lyon and the Opéra Comique in Paris. He has collaborated with many distinguished soloists including Christian Tetzlaff, Gil Shaham, Renaud Capuçon, Lynn Harrell, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Emanuel Ax and Jessye Norman.

Winner of the 1999 Avery Fisher Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given to instrumentalists, Sarah Chang is recognized as one of classical music’s most captivating and gifted performers. She has appeared on tours with the English Chamber Orchestra, Asia and US tours with Orpheus culminating in  a performance at Carnegie Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe and the US, North America with the London Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Asia with Mariss Jansons, Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar with Gustavo Dudamel, as well as appearances with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Philadelphia, the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a largely volunteer choir of 115 voices including a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, it holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. The Choir is in its 101st season, the fourth under the direction of Music Director Betsy Burleigh. As the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s chorus of choice, the Mendelssohn has performed under the baton of some of the world’s greatest conductors.

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