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‘Beethoven on the Bluff’ Season Two Presents ‘Ode to Joy’

The Mary Pappert School of Music’s popular Beethoven on the Bluff returns with Season Two: The Late Years. The new season kicks off this weekend with Concert V: Ode to Joy.

Season Two: The Late Years is focusing on works composed by Ludwig van Beethoven during the last decade of his life. Ode to Joy will feature Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, one of the best-known and beloved works in classical music.

“The melody has become an inescapable part of our culture,” said David Allen Wehr, artistic director of the Beethoven on the Bluff series. “It is used as a hymn in many Protestant churches, in movies such as A Clockwork Orange, as the anthem of the European Union, in commercial advertising and as a New Year's Eve tradition in Japan.”

Wehr, who is the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair in the music school, will collaborate with his longtime piano partner, Cynthia Raim, to showcase an extremely rare, complete performance of Franz Liszt’s two-piano transcription of Beethoven’s work at the concert.

Renowned soprano Sari Gruber will join pianist Benjamin Binder, associate professor of music, for An die ferne Geliebte. Natasha Snitkovsky, adjunct professor of piano, will join four wind players from the Pittsburgh Wind Symphony for Quintet for Piano and Winds, op. 16.

When: Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m.

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

Information: A $10 donation is suggested for admission to the concert. For more information, call the music school at 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/beethoven.

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