Pittsburgh Symphony to spotlight composer-performers in 2015-16

Posted on: February 11, 2015

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is bringing back the performer-composer. For its upcoming classical subscription season, announced today, the orchestra will feature four composers who, in most cases, will perform their own works,” writes Elizabeth Bloom in Wednesday’s (2/11) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Organist Cameron Carpenter “will perform the world premiere of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra. Pianist Daniil Trifonov … will play his Piano Concerto in E-flat minor and join the orchestra later in the season for Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. Stewart Copeland, best known as the drummer for The Police, will perform the world premiere of his Trapset and Percussion Concerto No. 1,” and pianist Conrad Tao will perform in his orchestral work Pangu. Also in the coming season, Sam Helfrich will direct a semi-staged version of Bach’s St. John Passion, and the orchestra will assemble “an All University Choir made up of local students to perform choral works in a concert featuring Emanuel Ax on Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2…. Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley … has developed the concept for a Klezmer Violin Concerto. A composer (yet to be determined) will realize the work, [Music Director Manfred] Honeck said…. The orchestra will make two recordings of works by Tchaikovsky and Strauss and go on a European tour in May.”

Posted February 11, 2015