Feel the Force of ‘The Music of Star Wars’ with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra December 17 at Heinz Hall

1516_MOSWThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra takes audiences to a “galaxy far, far away” with “The Music of Star Wars: Episodes I-VI” on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Conducted by Daniel Meyer, this concert will feature John Williams’ iconic music from the first six Star Wars films, and will be the perfect warm-up to “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” which makes its film debut that evening nationwide. The program includes fan favorites The Imperial March, Across the Stars, The Main Title and many more! The concert will be presented without intermission and film clips are not included.

A trombone ensemble led by Pittsburgh Symphony trombonist Jim Nova will perform Star Wars arrangements in the Grand Tier balcony prior to the concert and a Star Wars photo booth will be available for concertgoers. Attendees are highly encouraged to come in costume.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $50, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

About the Artists

Meyer, Daniel_low resAs music director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, conductor DANIEL MEYER has reinvigorated both orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.

He began the 2015-2016 season leading concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and opened his season in Erie with a newly commissioned work for Cello and Orchestra by Michael Daugherty. He returns to Germany for concerts with the Wuettembergische Philharmonie, followed by concerts with the Tonkuenstler Orchestra in Vienna in a program of Golijov, Pleyel, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. In the spring, Meyer returns to Vienna and to the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra to lead performances at the Konzerthaus of Bernstein, Brahms and Elgar.

Meyer’s eclectic and groundbreaking programs in both Asheville and Erie include works this season by Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, and John Adams in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven and Brahms, Dvorak and Schumann; the Metamorphoses of both Strauss and Hindemith; and great vocal works including the Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and a Gala concert performance of Loewe’s My Fair Lady. In Asheville last season, Meyer curated and led the inaugural Amadeus Festival, a sold out week of film, lectures, community events and concerts featuring Emmanuel Ax — an extension of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement.

In recent seasons, Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera, he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Rodgers and Hammerstein’sCarousel. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.

Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis and Charles Dutoit. He led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour; conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists; and conducted the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, a co-commission of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first-ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest in programs including the world premieres of David Stock’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.

A native of Cleveland, Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and at Aspen was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org

Editors please note:

Thursday, December 17, 7 p.m.

Heinz Hall
DANIEL MEYER, conductor

John Williams

Suite from Star Wars
Main Title

Suite from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Anakin’s Theme
Duel of the Fates

“Across the Stars” (Love Theme from Star Wars Episode II)

“Battle of the Heroes” from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Music from The Star Wars Saga
III. Cantina Band
IV. Here They Come

Suite from Star Wars
Princess Leia’s Theme
Throne Room & End Title

“The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme) from The Empire Strikes Back

Suite from Star Wars
Yoda’s Theme

Music from The Star Wars Saga
I. The Asteroid Field
II. Parade of the Ewoks
V. Luke and Leia
VI. The Forest Battle / Main Title

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