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Dvořák at Duquesne Kicks Off in Remodeled PNC Recital Hall

A dedication ceremony of the newly remodeled PNC Recital Hall in the Mary Pappert School of Music will precede the opening concert of the new Dvořák at Duquesne series this Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:15 p.m. at Duquesne University. The dedication will include a brass fanfare, blessing, ribbon cutting and glass of champagne for guests.

“Thanks to a generous PNC Foundation grant, the audience experience in our 250-seat hall has been substantially improved,” said Music Dean Edward Kocher. “In addition to new seating, carpeting and fresh decorating in the Recital Hall, the lobby and restrooms have been completely remodeled, technologically enhanced and made fully accessible.”

The lobby renovations also include new lighting, acoustic wall panels, wood trim and a kitchenette for receptions. New audiovisual features allow guests in the lobby to watch the concerts until they can be seated.

Dvořák at Duquesne, directed by Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair David Allen Wehr, will feature four concerts showcasing lively chamber music by Czech composer Antonin Dvořák.

“Antonin Dvořák’s music is steeped in the folk music of his native Bohemia, overflowing with gorgeous melodies,” Wehr said. “PNC Recital Hall is the perfect venue for the intimacy of this irresistible music.”

Throughout the Dvořák series, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with music school faculty, along with guest artists Andrés Cárdenes and Cynthia Raim. The series includes popular favorites like Slavonic Dances, as well as neglected treasures such as From the Bohemian Forest, performed by Wehr and others.

This Sunday’s concert, Czech-in (Sweet Sixteen), will feature 16 musicians performing Dvořák’s Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano, op. 57; Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, op. 87; and Serenade in D Minor, op. 44.

The Dvořák series continues with performances on Oct. 9, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22. All concerts are on Sundays at 3 p.m. with special pre-concert events at 2:15 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested at each concert.

For more information, please call 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/music.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.