Students Named to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony

Posted on 9/9/2015 12:58:46 PM

For 14 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has partnered with IUP to bring a variety of concerts, classes, and workshops to the Indiana community. For the first time, the partnership will involve a full side-by-side concert.

The concert, to be presented on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, in Fisher Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. will begin with the Pittsburgh Symphony performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Chaconne” followed by Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major.

Following intermission, the orchestra will be joined by 42 specially selected IUP music students. They will perform alongside the PSO members to perform Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt and Alexander Borodin’s Polovtzian Dances from Prince Igor.

The concert will be under the direction of new PSO resident director Francesco Leece-Chung, who will mark his PSO debut with this performance. All four works are considered to be some of the most popular orchestral works of their kind.

Over the next two weeks, students will work with IUP faculty to prepare the music. Three PSO musicians and director Lecce-Chong will then visit campus for individual rehearsals and workshops. On the morning of September 30, the IUP musicians will travel to Heinz Hall for a rehearsal with the full orchestra before returning to Indiana for the 8:00 p.m. performance. A reception for the audience and student musicians will follow in the Crimson Café, sponsored by IUP Dining.

Student string players selected include violin I: Alex Price, Nashwan Abdullah, Zoe Grubbs, Christy Adamiak, Dan Lebo, and Lameera Pine; violin II: Casey Williams, Bobbi Roberts, Colter Long, Sarah Everett, and Jesse Finalle-Newton; ciola: Kaitlyn Alford, Noah Riek, and Marianna Gonzales; cello: Asjah Spann, Morgan Herrington, and Josh Hudson; bass: James Reiland and Thomas Campbell.

Wind performers include flute: Brenden Goff and Kelsi Harmon; oboe: Madeline Helbling and Jenna Dell; clarinet: Marykate Kuhne and Jacob LeJeune; bassoon: Matthew Emanuelson and Luke Hamilton.

Student brass musicians include horn: Dominic Gaudio, Gabby Goril, Alex Swackhamer, and Jacinda Dowling; trumpet: Maria Baldoni and Matthew Pinker; trombone: Adam Myers, Seth Allport, and Destinee DiMino; tuba: Garrison German.

Percussion performers include Matthew Altomare, Michael Garbett, Jesse Griffith, Nick Metz, and John Mullen.

Tickets are available now online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building or by calling 724-357-1313. Additional information is available on the website, by e-mailing, or by calling the Lively Arts at 724-357-ARTS (2787).

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert is presented as part of the Lively Arts’s Ovations! series presented by the College of Fine Arts. The series is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, business and foundation sponsors, individuals contributing through the Lively Arts’ Premiere Club, and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

September 30, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

As an early treat to the Fall 2015 semester, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to the Fisher Auditorium stage for a special performance, including a side-by-side performance of two works with advance students from the Department of Music.

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