Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Kick Off Ovations! Series

Posted on 9/24/2015 8:52:53 AM

Francesco Lecce-ChongThe Lively Arts of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will kick off its 2015–16 Ovations! series season with a performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As part of the Ovations! series, this one-night only performance will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

This concert marks the PSO debut of its newest assistant conductor, Francesco Lecce-Chong. Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simultaneously, he serves as music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. For four years before coming to Pittsburgh this summer, he was associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

For its return to the Fisher Auditorium stage, the PSO will present a program that includes “Chaconne” by Bach and the 8th Symphony by Beethoven. For the second half, the PSO will be joined by 42 specially selected IUP student musicians performing Grieg's “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1 and Borodin's Polovtzian Dances from Prince Igor.

A post-concert reception, sponsored by IUP Dining, will be held in the Crimson Café.

Founded as the Pittsburgh Orchestra in 1895, and performing under the baton of Maestro Victor Herbert in 1896, the musicians quickly gained the popularity of their listeners, earning them an invitation to perform two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1899.

Surviving even the hard times of the Great Depression, the orchestra continued to grow in size, refinement, and worldwide popularity, performing across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, the PSO has released a number of albums and is now under the masterful leadership of Maestro Manfred Honeck.

Tickets for the September 30 event are available online or the Lively Arts ticket website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for seniors and groups, and $18 for students and children.

Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraFor more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, represents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually. The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, donations made through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, and grants.