IUP to Host Maestro Honeck for Q&A Session

Posted on 4/15/2015 9:03:11 AM

Maestro Manfred HoneckThe Lively Arts and IUP Music Department will host the world-renowned music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, in a “Meet the Composer” interview and Q&A session. It will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015 in DiCicco Hall, Room 121 Cogswell Hall.

Geared towards area high school and IUP music students and faculty, the interview will be conducted by University Professor and Director of Bands Jack Stamp, and precedes the 8:00 p.m. concert in Fisher Auditorium. The specially assembled performance by Honeck includes selected pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” Ballet Suite, the composer’s highly popular sixth and final symphony “The Pathetique,” and the the recent premiere of the Maestro’s own concept of an operatic score by Antonin Dvorak transformed into an orchestral piece titled “The Rusalka Fantasy.”

Manfred Honeck has served as the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008–09, and has been contracted through the 2019 season. The Austrian-born conductor received his initial musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. His years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and leading the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive mark. He has led and guest-conducted orchestras around the world, premiered multiple works, and released several critically acclaimed recordings.

The Monday interview is free and open to anyone interested, with a focus on music students and faculty. 

For more information on the session or on the Monday evening performance by the PSO, e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu or call 724-357-2787. To purchase tickets for the PSO performance, online, or call the Hadley Union Building box office at 724-357-1313. Any seats remaining will be available at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the day of the concert.