Saturday, May 10, 2014
Manfred Honeck, music director
Anton Bruckner: Motet Ave Maria
Francis Poulenc: Final Scene from Dialogues of the Carmelites
James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse (NY Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem and Death in Words and Music
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
SUNHAE IM, soprano
ELIZABETH DESHONG, mezzo soprano
BENJAMIN BRUNS, tenor
LIANG LI, bass
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, speaker
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH, vocals (Betsy Burleigh, director)
SCHOLA CANTORUM, ST. AGNES CHURCH
The Pittsburgh Symphony’s Spring For Music performance is proudly sponsored by LANXESS Corporation.
Orchestra Founded 1895
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Ohio, the Allegheny, and the Monongahela—Pittsburgh is the largest city in Western Pennsylvania. It has been nicknamed “the City of Bridges” for the presence of more than 400 bridges, as well as the “Steel City” for its historic role in the development of the steel industry.
While Pittsburgh historically has been closely associated with the steel industry, through the years the city has also led significant innovations in aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, banking, and many other businesses and industries. Recent years have brought continued growth and renaissance, as the city’s technology, education and medical sectors—as well as its cultural district—flourish. There are 29 colleges and universities in southwestern Pennsylvania, an educational base that has inspired some to refer to Pittsburgh as “Knowledge Town.”
An average of 3.9 million people visit Pittsburgh annually and Condé Nast Traveler has voted the Pittsburgh International Airport one of the top five airports in the United States. Pittsburgh has also been ranked in the top five Most Livable Cities in the 1983, 1985, 1989, 2007, and 2012 editions of the Places Rated Almanac.
To learn more about Pittsburgh, visit www.visitpittsburgh.com.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The PSO, known for its artistic excellence, 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. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which has been touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, continues to be acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. It has made 40 international tours, including 20 in Europe, eight to the Far East, and two to South America. In January 2004, under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
Recordings and radio concerts are also an important part of the orchestra’s tradition. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org.