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Next DU Symphony Concert to be A Family Occasion

Three sets of spouses and other guest artists from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music will perform during A Family Occasion, the March 25 concert of the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO), under the direction of Sidney Harth.

The husband and wife musicians plus Dean Edward Kocher, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair David Allen Wehr, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies Sean Jones, and the University Choruses directed by Christine Jordanoff will combine forces with the DUSO.

Violinist Rachel Stegeman from the Music School’s string program will join husband Charles Stegeman, chair of strings, and husband and wife violinists Jeanyi Kim and Sascha Mandl on two works, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and the Concerto for Four Violins by Louis Maurer.

The Maurer concerto demands remarkable virtuosity from the performers, with inventive and technically difficult bowing techniques and rapid playing, according to Harth. “There’s nothing quite like that,” Harth said. “There are quite a few four violin concertos, but not nearly as difficult as this.”

Trombonist Kocher and Jones, who is lead trumpet in Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in addition to teaching at Duquesne, will solo and improvise in Sketches of America, a composition by faculty colleague Lynn Purse, associate professor of music technology.

The program will also include the U.S. premiere of 20th century Czech Composer Jan Hanus’ Concerto Doppio, performed by harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen Gorton and oboist James Gorton, both of whom are Mary Pappert School of Music adjunct faculty members.

A performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy will cap the program. The work, which Harth called the forerunner of the composer’s famous Ninth Symphony, will combine the talents of the DUSO, pianist Wehr and the University Choruses, which include the Pappert Men’s Chorale, Pappert Women’s Chorale and Voices of Spirit.

A Family Occasion will be performed at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The suggested donation is $10. For more information, call 412.396.6083 or visit www.music.duq.edu.

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