PSO Assistant Principal Horn Stephen Kostyniak is soloist

 NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra begins its 11th year of performances at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with an evening of classical favorites featuring the works of Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

The concert is the first in the 2011-2012 Columbia Gas Symphony Series at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong will lead the orchestra in a concert that will feature Assistant Principal Horn Stephen Kostyniak as soloist.

The program will include Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll-free at 1.800.743.8560, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Group tickets also are available. As part of the Education Program developed for the community, a special package for families with children up to high-school age is available. Children may get free tickets if accompanied by a parent. Both the free ticket and a discounted ticket for the parents are available by calling  412.392.4819. Also, pre-concert dinners at the Scottish Rite Cathedral begin at 6 p.m. before each concert. Call 724.654.6683 for reservations.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania for its title sponsorship of this series.

Thomas Hong is the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was Assistant Conductor of Orchestre National de France and also Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  As Assistant Conductor of Orchestre National de France, Hong participated in various tours all over Europe, including most recently a momentous occasion where Maestro Kurt Masur performed the complete Beethoven symphonies in Frankfurt and Baden-Baden. As Associate Conductor of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Hong was in charge of programming and conducting all educational and outreach concerts, including four performances as part of Carnegie Hall’s LinkUp! music education program, serving all fourth grade students in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Stephen Kostyniak joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Horn in 2006.  Prior to taking this position, he was Associate Principal Horn of the Utah Symphony. An enthusiastic performer of new music, Kostyniak is a featured performer on Journey Pieces, an album of solo works by the composer Carl Vollrath.  He has recorded Morris Rosenzweig’s A Table of the Most Used Chords for Horn Quartet with his colleagues in the Utah Symphony, for whom the work was commissioned. He also gave numerous Utah premieres, including the trios of Gyorgy Ligeti and Charles Wuorinen, Thea Musgraves’ The Golden Echo for horn and electronic tape, and was the solo hornist with the Utah Symphony in the 2007 Utah premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. In addition to his performances with the PSO, Kostyniak is a conductor of the Pittsburgh Horn Club.

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