Pianist Lars Vogt is soloist

PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts highlighting three of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s well-loved works this month at Heinz Hall.

Pianist Lars Vogt will be the guest soloist at the concerts to be held at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at

The program will feature Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6, Piano Concerto No. 1, and Overture to Leonore, No. 3.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 was composed to express the beauty of nature and thus named “Pastoral.” Vogt will perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, which Beethoven wrote for himself as a soloist. The Overture to Leonore was one of four versions of the overture to Beethoven’s sole opera, Fidelio.

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. Also beginning in September 2008, he became the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague, and in 2007, assumed the post of Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than ten years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It is this experience that has heavily influenced his conducting and has helped give it a distinctive stamp.

After critically acclaimed concerts at Carnegie Hall and their European Tour in 2010, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will tour Europe again in August and September 2011.

Lars Vogt, born in Germany, has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He has appeared with many major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Vienna Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsorchester, Dresden Staatskapelle and Santa Cecilia in Rome, in partnership with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a recording artist with EMI and has made fifteen discs for the label. Vogt last performed with the PSO at Heinz Hall in November 2008.

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.

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