The 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.
For more information on this and other events within the
Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,