Spirit of Pittsburgh, a new series from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, will feature cross-ensemble performances by students and faculty designed expressly to celebrate the musical, cultural and historical traditions of the city of Pittsburgh.

"As an ensembles area, we chose a themed concert series to give additional momentum to all the wonderful artistic work happening in these musical groups," said Associate Professor Dr. Caron Daley, area coordinator for ensembles in the music school. "A Pittsburgh theme was top of mind. Our city is brimming with culture, history, and musical talent. What better canvas for creative engagement?"  

The eight-concert series will kick off Tuesday, Oct. 4, with David Allen Wehr Plays Mozart, featuring the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The performance will begin with Tormenta del Sur by Pittsburgh-based composer Nancy Galbraith.  

"The ensembles have enjoyed so many facets of this exploration, including partnerships with local composers, digging into Pittsburgh's industrial history and collaborating with professional musicians from around the region," Daley added. "This theme has invited us to engage more deeply with our surrounding communities and to situate our music making in a rich cultural context."  

For details on the Spirit of Pittsburgh series, including the schedule, locations and admission, visit www.duq.edu/spiritOfPGH.   "Spirit of Pittsburgh will feature hundreds of musicians in venues across the city," Daley said. "We are very excited for this inaugural series, and hope that it will be the beginning of a new tradition at Duquesne!"  

The series runs through Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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September 30, 2022