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    ‘Beethoven on the Bluff’ Kicks Off Sunday with ‘Septet/Piano Trios I’

    The widely anticipated kickoff of the Mary Pappert School of Music series Beethoven on the Bluff begins this weekend with the inaugural concert, Septet/Piano Trios I.

    A two-season concert series, Beethoven On the Bluff, will feature the major piano chamber works of renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The first season, Beethoven On the Bluff: The Early Years, is comprised of four concerts that will focus on the music that Beethoven wrote between 1793 and 1801, while he was in his 20s.

    Septet/Piano Trios I will feature Beethoven's Ghost Piano Trio-a piece that is said to be inspired by the Witches Scene from William Shakespeare's Macbeth-and its companion, Piano Trio op. 70, no. 2. The performance will also include the Septet, one of Beethoven's most popular works.
    Concert performers include David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair who is coordinator of the series; violinist Charles Stegeman, associate professor and chair of strings, and concert master for the Pittsburgh Opera/Ballet Orchestra; and cellist Adam Liu, adjunct professor of cello and assistant principal cellist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO).

    Other performers at Septet/Piano Trios I include:

    • Jeffrey Turner, principal bass, PSO
    • Ron Samuels, clarinet, PSO
    • Philip Pandolfi, bassoon, PSO
    • Zachary Smith, assistant principal horn, PSO
    • Randolph Kelly, principal viola, PSO
    • David Premo, associate principal cello, PSO
    • Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin, concertmaster, PSO
    • Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello, PSO.

    When:   Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m.

    Where:   PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

    A $10 donation is suggested for admission. For more information, call the School of Music at 412.396.6083 or visit

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