Concert begins 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2, features PSO musicians Jennifer Orchard, Marylène Gingras-Roy as soloists

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performs its fifth annual Community Engagement Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra in the concert that will feature PSO musicians Jennifer Orchard, violin, and Marylène Gingras-Roy, viola, as soloists. The program features works by Mozart, Gustav Holst, Franz Schubert and Frederick Delius.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for college students, and seniors 65 and older; free for anyone 18 and under who is accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are available by credit card at browntickets.com, and by cash only in person and at the night of the performance at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. All ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit the partnering schools’ music education programs.

A pre-concert student performance will take place from 6 – 6:45 p.m., featuring students from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) 6-8,  Pittsburgh Dilworth Traditional Academy (the Dilworth Band), and Hope Academy of Music and the Arts (EL CEO – East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra). A post-concert student performance, featuring Pittsburgh Obama Academy’s Steel Band, will take place at 8:30 p.m.

The concert is one element of the PSO’s larger Community Engagement relationship with the East Liberty area. The PSO’s interaction with East Liberty includes the presence of PSO musicians at neighborhood schools and regular meetings with a Community Engagement Committee, which includes parents of area Pittsburgh Public School students, faith-based representatives, community representatives and music teachers in the East Liberty area.

Through Community Engagement Programs, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra builds connections between the PSO and Pittsburgh communities via ongoing and multi-leveled relationships. These successful programs help to educate the PSO about its audiences and their home communities.  PSO Community Engagement Programs are specifically designed to build relevance between community residents and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank the EQT Corporation, Dollar Bank, PPG Industries Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives for their support of this Community Engagement Concert.

Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lawrence Loh came to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics. He is Co-Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee.

Canadian violinist Jennifer Orchard has traveled the world performing as a chamber musician, soloist, and currently as first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2001. While in high school, Orchard won a position to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with Szymon Goldberg. She continued her studies, obtaining a master’s degree from the Juilliard School with Robert Mann and participated at the Marlboro Music Festival. After graduating from Julliard, she was invited to be a member of the world renowned Lark Quartet, and recorded works of Robert Schumann, Alfred Schnittke, Peter Schickele, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Amy Beach, Alexander Borodin and the Pulitzer Prize winning quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis – one of several new works for string quartet commissioned by the Lark Quartet. In 2002, she began performing in the Pittsburgh Piano Trio, which has performed at Carnegie Hall, St Petersburg Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, where the Trio presented Russian premiere of the Triple Concerto of Paul Juon with the Tchaikovsky State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseev.

A native of Québec City, Canada, Marylène Gingras-Roy joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season and, in 2004, was promoted to fourth chair. She studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec with Douglas McNabney and François Paradis and graduated in 1993 with unanimous First Prizes in both in viola and chamber music. She was then the recipient of Canada and Québec Arts Councils’ Scholarship Grants, enabling her to attend the Harid Conservatory with Victoria Chiang and the Curtis Institute of Music with Karen Tuttle and Joseph DePasquale, where she earned an Artist Diploma in 1997. She has participated in many festivals, including the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Solti Project at Carnegie Hall, Jerusalem Music Festival, and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, where she served as Principal violist. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. She is heard regularly in chamber music concerts and maintains a full teaching schedule at Duquesne University, privately and is the viola coach for the Three Rivers Young People Orchestra.

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