PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin conducts the PSO in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring striking young Russian pianist Olga Kern at Heinz Hall on Thursday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 23.

The concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The program will repeat on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University, Morgantown, as part of the Canady Symphony Series at West Virginia University.

Tickets for the Heinz Hall shows start at $12.50 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The program begins with For the Uncommon Woman, followed by Made in America, both by Joan Tower, PSO Composer of the Year. Hailed as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time” in The New Yorker magazine, Tower was the first woman to receive the Grawemeyer Award in Composition in 1990.

She was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998, and into the Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in the fall of 2004. She was the first composer chosen for the ambitious new Ford Made in America commissioning program, a collaboration of the League of American Orchestras (at that time, the American Symphony Orchestra League) and Meet the Composer.

The program also includes works by Serge Rachmaninoff and Antonín Dvořák.

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.

The 2010-2011 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie. The PSO also recognizes Chesapeake Energy for their sponsorship of the Oct. 24 performance at WVU.

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