Zukerman to Perform With PSO as Helwig Distinguished Artist, Honeck Conducts

Posted on 9/27/2016 10:32:02 AM

Pinchas ZukermanThe Lively Arts at IUP continues its 2016–17 Ovations! season with a performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature this year’s Helwig Distinguished Artist, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and will be presented Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Maestro Manfred Honeck. The orchestra will perform Edward Elgar’s popular Variations on an Original Theme, more commonly known as the “Enigma Variations.” In the second half, they will perform a newer work by James MacMillan titled “Britannia,” a collection of march tunes, Irish reels, jigs, and even drinking songs.

Zukerman will then join the orchestra for Max Bruch’s masterful Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 26. That will be followed by the presentation on stage of the Helwig award and words from Zukerman.

The audience is then invited to a free reception in the Crimson Café, sponsored by IUP Dining.

Zukerman began his musical career at age four, and he adopted the violin only four years later. He was born in Tel Aviv, but moved to the United States as he expanded his music career. While studying at the Juilliard School, he released a recording of his music, which was excellently received and continues to be a source of great pride. From there, he began his conducting career and directed a variety of national orchestras. He continues to receive a wide variety of honors including the National Medal of Arts, and is continually invited to perform with a host of prestigious musicians and orchestras across the globe.

Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraFounded as the PSO 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.

Tickets for this event are available online at IUPTickets.com or the Lively Arts’ 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.

Maestro Manfred HoneckTickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for seniors, and $18 for students and children. Special rates are available to groups of 15 or more.

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

The appearance of Pinchas Zukerman with the Pittsburgh Symphony is funded, in part, by the Helwig Distinguished Artist Endowment established in 1988 by the late Florence L. Helwig in memory of her husband, Wilfred E. Helwig. The endowment and the Helwig family have supported the appearance of 18 different performing artists since that time.

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