Highlights include music of Oscar-winning composer John Williams, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck conducting Dvorak’s New World Symphony, PSO Principal Horn William Caballero performing Strauss’ famous Horn Concerto

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2012-2013 Canady Symphony series at West Virginia University will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the movie music of multiple Oscar-winning composer John Williams, and PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck conducting works by Strauss and Dvořák.

Three-concert subscription prices for the concerts at WVU’s Lyell B Clay Concert Theater range from $60 to $105. Student subscription packages are available for $18. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall Box Office toll-free at 1.800.743.8560, or visiting the PSO at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu.

The season opens at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24, when Music Director Honeck leads the PSO in a concert featuring  Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World, ” inspired by the composer’s visit to America and exposure to Native-American and African-American music. Also, PSO Principal Horn William Caballero, hailed by the (UK) Guardian as “one of the best in the business,” performs one of Strauss’ most famous concertos.

The season continues in grand fashion at 7:30 p.m., March 4, 2013, when Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra in the music of John Williams. Quite possibly the most famous composer of movie music, Williams has won five Academy Awards. His legendary film work includes the music for Jaws, Schindler’s List, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, The Accidental Tourist, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, the first three Harry Potter movies and, of course, the unforgettable music for Star Wars and all four Indiana Jones films.

Jeanette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichordist, closes the season with The Brandenburg Concertos at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013. The Brandenburg Concertos are J.S. Bach’s supreme achievement in instrumental music and led by Sorrell, a leading interpreter of Bach, the PSO musicians shine in this brilliant masterpiece.

Pre-concert talks begin at 6:30pm in the theater and are free to ticket holders.

The 2012-2013 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie. Discounted student tickets also are made possible through the generosity of William and Loulie Canady.

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