PSO will be recording Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at Vienna’s Musikverein

PITTSBURGH – Before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) embarks on its 2012 European Residency Tour this month, Pittsburgh audiences will have a chance to attend a special BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert to hear one of the works the orchestra will perform in Europe.

Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the PSO in its concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, better known as the “Resurrection Symphony,” at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Heinz Hall. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Mahler’s monumental work, featuring a full orchestra and chorus, proclaims the composer’s belief that there is life after death. The concert also will feature soprano Amelia D’Arcy, mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. D’Arcy and Romberger will join the PSO on tour.

Arrive one hour early to participate in a free choral workshop on the 5th movement of the “Resurrection Symphony,” in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall. No prior choral experience required – all abilities and experience levels are welcome. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/explore or call 412.392.4876.

The concert is an opportunity for the PSO’s fans to wish the orchestra ‘Bon Voyage’ as it embarks on a tour of Europe, Oct. 22 – Nov. 11. The PSO will perform 12 concerts in eight cities during its tour, which includes a four-concert residency at the famed Musikverein in Vienna, Oct. 29 – Nov. 3. The PSO will be recording Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the Musikverein.

PSO international touring is made possible, in part, by the Hillman Endowment for International Performances. BNY Mellon is a supporting sponsor of the 2012 European Residency Tour. The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2012-2013 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.

Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Following their successful European Tour in 2010 and the European Festival Tour 2011 with appearances at the major music festivals, such as BBC Proms, Lucerne, Grafenegg, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein or Musikfest Berlin, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe in October-November 2012. This year’s tour will take them to Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Luxembourg, and Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany. During a week-long residency at the Musikverein in Vienna the orchestra will perform four concerts. Honeck’s successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim. Their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 won a 2012 International Classical Music Award (ICMA).

Critically acclaimed Pittsburgh native Amelia D’Arcy has sung with orchestra, chamber ensemble, in recital and concert, and on the opera stage. A versatile and well-trained musician, she began her musical training and vocal studies at age 12 at the Baltimore School for the Arts and was a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15. After serving an apprenticeship at the Tanglewood Institute during the summer of 1989, she entered and won a voice competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 1995 she was a winner of the Rosa Ponselle Young Marylanders Competition. She attended The Juilliard School, where she studied voice with Daniel Ferro, and Columbia University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude and where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Columbia, she was the founder and co-chair of the Columbia Opera Ensemble. In New York she continued her voice studies with Lynn Owen, of the Manhattan School of Music, and basso Raymond Buckingham. She also coached for many years with Linda Hall of the Metropolitan Opera.

Gerhild Romberger was born and grew up in Emsland, Germany. After having graduated her studies of music teaching at the University of Music in Detmold she completed her vocal training with a concert exam with Heiner Eckels. Romberger lives with her family in Detmold, where the highly popular teacher holds a professorship for singing at the University of Music. The mezzo-soprano has always focused on concert singing. Key aspects of her work are recitals with a wide variety of topics and her engagement with contemporary music. Her astonishing extensive repertoire covers all major alto and mezzo-soprano parts of oratios and concerts from the Baroque era, the Classical and Romantic periods as well as 20th century literature. Highlights of Romberger’s concert career in recent years have been concerts with Manfred Honeck, who invited her for, among others, Mahler’s symphonies, Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis or the Große Messe by Walter Braunfels.

 The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a largely volunteer choir of 115 voices including a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the choir holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh’s oldest continuously performing arts organization.


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