Pittsburgh Symphony Offers Tchaikovsky Masterpiece

Posted on 2/13/2012 11:18:04 AM

Celebrating the eleventh anniversary of the partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The concert is part of the Lively Arts’Ovations! series.

The Pittsburgh Symphony has presented a style of musical brilliance around the world since 1898. Under the direction of music director Manfred Honeck, the orchestra has deepened its reputation as one of the world’s top orchestras.

James Rodgers The Indiana engagement, under the baton of PSO resident conductor Lawrence Loh, will perform three works. The first will be “Le Tombeau de Couperin.” Four movements of the work, composed by Maurice Ravel, will be presented.

Next will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto in B-Flat Major for Bassoon and Orchestra.” The performance features PSO musician James Rodgers as soloist.

Closing the evening’s concert will be Tchaikovsky’s orchestral masterpiece, “Symphony No. 6,” also called “The Pathétique.” The work is often considered Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated and popular symphony.

“The Pathétique” is translated as meaning “passionate” or “emotional.” According to Tchaikovsky specialist David Brown, the symphony deals with the power of fate in life and death and was Tchaikovsky’s final work.

The composer conducted the first performance of the symphony nine days before his death. It received its second performance 21 days later at his memorial. The piece has been noted as weaving “a complex texturing of emotion—sorrow leavened with hope and happiness tinged with a foreboding of despair.”

Lawrence LohConductor Loh has already made an impressive name for himself as one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He has conducted other famed orchestras, including Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at IUP Tickets.com. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance. All tickets are by reserved seating.

Tickets are $23 for regular admission, $12 for students and children, and $18 for seniors (age 62 and older). For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra



Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

February 22, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

One of the world’s finest orchestras continues its partnership with IUP.

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For more information, visit Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.