Marvin Hamlisch conducts Pops concert starring Martin Short; Arild Remmereit leads PSO in all Beethoven program featuring teen pianist Teo Gheorghiu as guest soloist

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will return to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia for the first time in 35 years to perform classical and Pops concerts in July.

Guest conductor Arild Remmereit will lead the PSO in an all Beethoven program at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 9. The concert will feature Beethoven’s most popular work, the Fifth Symphony, as well as Overture to Egmont, and Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra. Teenage piano virtuoso Teo Gheorghiu of the Curtis Institute of Music will be the guest soloist.

PSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will lead the orchestra at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 10, in a concert featuring actor and comedian Martin Short, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Mark Nadler.

Tickets, ranging from $10 to $49.50 for the classical concert, and from $19 to $75 for the Pops concert, can be purchased by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999 or online at www.manncenter.org.

The PSO last performed at the Mann Center in 1976.

Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility and substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received his third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.

Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit was appointed music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2010. He conducted the PSO in January at Heinz Hall. Over a five-month period in 2005, Remmereit made five dramatic debuts with the PSO, Baltimore Symphony, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, quickly establishing himself as a major talent on the international scene. The New York Times wrote of his Pittsburgh debut: “…he showed utter self-assurance, using clear and wide-ranging gestures, particularly in a breathtakingly dynamic reading of the Schumann [Symphony No. 4]… The only thing listeners seemed to want to talk about afterward was Remmereit. ‘Sensational’ was the word heard most frequently.”

The recipient of the 2010 Beethoven-Ring from the Beethovenfest Bonn, 18-year-old Teo Gheorghiu’s recent engagements include the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Philharmonie der Nationen, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Zürich, Geneva and English Chamber orchestras. Born in Zürich in 1992, Gheorghiu was a pupil at the Purcell School, London from 2001, where he was taught by William Fong. In August 2010, he entered the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he studies with Gary Graffman. Gheorghiu also is a talented actor, starring in the title role of the award-winning 2006 film, Vitus, opposite Bruno Ganz.


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