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David Stock Concert Features Premieres of Two Works

The Music of David Stock, including two new works by the composer-in-residence at Duquesne University, will be performed.

One work being unveiled is Four Songs of Marge Piercy, named for the well-known author, who has been called “a cultural touchstone” and uses Jewish rituals as her personal touchstones. Featured are mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash, who sang A Little Miracle in April, Stock’s monodrama about women’s lives in the Holocaust, and pianist David Allen Wehr, who holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University.

Stock’s other premiere, Desert Wind, will feature Harold Smoliar, principal horn player for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on English horn.

The compositions of Stock, a professor in Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music, have been performed by the New York Philharmonic and across the United States, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Australia, China and Korea.

Where: PNC Recital Hall, Duquesne University

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Suggested donation: $10

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