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‘Beethoven on the Bluff’ Series Ends on a High Note

The Mary Pappert School of Music's prestigious two-year Beethoven on the Bluff concert series will come to a close on Monday, Feb. 23, with the performance of Concert VIII: Violin/Cello IV at 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall, at Duquesne University.

Under the artistic direction of David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, Beethoven on the Bluff explored the piano chamber music of one of history's greatest classical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. The first season, The Early Years, featured the music Beethoven wrote between 1793-1801, when he was in his 20s. The second season, The Late Years, highlighted works from the last decade of Beethoven's life.

"The entire two-year series exploring the fantastically beautiful and challenging music of Beethoven has been an uplifting experience for all involved," Wehr said. "Curating a musical exhibit dedicated to perhaps the greatest composer in Western music has been a labor of love, and I am very fortunate to have such incredibly talented and supportive colleagues at the Mary Pappert School of Music."

The repertoire for Violin/Cello IV will feature Sonatas for Violin and Piano #9 (Kreutzer) and #10, op. 96 and Variations for Cello and Piano. In addition to Wehr, performers will include Noah Bendix-Balgley, violinist and concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cellist for the PSO.

Due to the popularity of the Duquesne University series, audience members are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating. A $10 donation is suggested for admission to Violin/Cello IV.

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