Concerts feature PSO principals Randolph Kelly, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida as soloists

PITTSBURGH – Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring rare gems and an all-time favorite.

PSO Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and PSO Principal Viola Randolph Kelly will be featured soloists.

The concerts also will feature local middle school students serving as narrators for Benjamin Britten’s popular The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets, ranging from $25 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 includes works by Cindy McTee, Walter Piston, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jean Francaix and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

One of the most well-known orchestral works written especially for the young listener, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra begins and ends with an overview of the whole orchestra, interspersed with demonstrations of the capabilities of each instrument.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.

An internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He was named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Slatkin began serving as the PSO’s Principal Guest Conductor in the fall of 2008. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974, Slatkin has led virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States, including those of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia. He is a regular guest at major summer festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Saratoga and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations.

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