Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe
Bruckner Symphony No. 9
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Manfred Honeck, music director
5 p.m. Pre-concert reception, Fred Rogers Center
7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21
Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
General admission $25 per person | Pre-concert benefit $100 includes
reserved seating | Telephone 724-805-2177 | https://eventsquid.com/event/6318 |
Over the last quarter century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide-range of repertoire. For more than a decade, Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, continuing a great legacy of music-making that is celebrated at home, abroad and on recordings, including the 2018 Grammy Award for Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Since 2008, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have served as cultural ambassadors for the city as one of the most frequently toured American orchestras. The PSO and Honeck returned to Lincoln Center in May 2019 and their next European tour takes place in fall 2019. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony have received critical acclaim and honors from around the world, including the “Best Orchestral Performance” Grammy Award in 2018, along with two other Grammy nominations. Honeck has conceived of and conducted several large-scale or operatic works as semi-staged productions for the concert hall, including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and later this season in Pittsburgh he will lead performances of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust.
Critically acclaimed as one of the finest choruses in the country, the 110-year-old Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is re-inventing choral music for the 21st century. MCP singers are community members from diverse backgrounds and professions who give generously of their time and talent to create powerful, unexpected, and deeply moving moments of musical discovery. Now in its third season under Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, the MCP has also been celebrated for its exciting and innovating programming, such as the 2018 world premiere of The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan by composer/conductor Steve Hackman. Other MCP commissions and premieres include works by Ned Rorem, Nancy Galbraith, and Derek Bermel.