Symphony Orchestra to Perform Rossini, Martin & Mahler at Free Heinz Hall Concert
The Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and director Jeffrey Turner return to Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall on Tuesday, March 24, for an evening of music by composers Gioacchino Rossini, Frank Martin and Gustav Mahler.
The free 7:30 p.m. performance kicks off with the overture to Rossini's first comic opera L'Italiana in Algeri (translated to The Italian Girl in Algiers), which originally premiered in Venice in 1813. Nicknamed "The Italian Mozart," Rossini composed the opera's score in just 27 days.
Martin's Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments also will be featured in the first half of the concert. One of Switzerland's greatest composers, and the most "contemporary" writer featured among the evening's program, Martin created this concerto in 1949 for a commission from the Bern Orchestra (of Switzerland). Regarding the piece, Martin once wrote, "I set out to display the musical qualities of the various soloists in the wind and brass groups as well as their virtuosity, and so I made the music brilliant and technically difficult."
In addition to the Symphony Orchestra, a variety of guest soloists for Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments will include Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty/ Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members: Jennifer Steele (flute), Scott Bell (oboe), Ron Samuels (clarinet), Philip Pandolfi (bassoon), Zachary Smith (horn), Charles Lirette (trumpet) and Edward Stephan (timpani). Dr. Ed Kocher (trombone), former dean of the music school and the new William Patrick Power Endowed Faculty Chair in Academic Leadership at Duquesne, will also be featured.
The second half of the concert will feature Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan. One of the leading conductors of his day, Mahler reached middle age before his music achieved any widespread interest. Nicknamed Titan, the first symphony was inspired by a collection of folk poems.
For more information, call the Mary Pappert School of Music at 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/musicevents.
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