Debussy Joins Final Season of ‘Schubert on the Bluff’ Series at Duquesne

The upcoming final season of the Mary Pappert School of Music's three-year Schubert on the Bluff series will feature works by the renowned Viennese composer as well as pieces by French composer Claude Debussy. The last season of the popular series includes five concerts, many of which are already close to selling out.

One of the most highly regarded composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Debussy is often considered as the founder of musical impressionism.

"Franz Schubert and Debussy share a strong lyrical impulse," said David Allen Wehr, artistic director of the series and the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University. "Both were renowned song composers, and this emphasis on beautiful melodic lines infuses the chamber music as well."

Season three of Schubert on the Bluff will feature the following performances, all of which will be held in PNC Recital Hall of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University:

  • Octet, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Piano Duet II, Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.
  • Violin/Piano II, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Piano Trio #2, Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m.
  • Winter Journey, Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.

"Schubert will be represented by the entertaining Octet, the monumental Piano Trio #2 and the death-haunted song cycle A Winter's Journey-delightful and tuneful piano duets and brilliant violin works," explained Wehr. "Debussy wrote three sonatas during World War I for different combinations of instruments, including the highly unusual grouping of harp, viola and flute. All three will be heard this season, along with such favorites as Clair de Lune and the Petite Suite."

The series will feature numerous Mary Pappert School of Music faculty members, along with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and guest artists Noah Bendix-Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster, former PSO concertmaster), Andres Cardenes (former PSO concertmaster), Anne Martindale Williams (PSO principal cello), pianist Cynthia Raim and baritone Daniel Teadt.

Tickets to Schubert on the Bluff are on sale now for $15 and can be bought online or by calling the A.J. Palumbo Center Box Office at 412.232.3853. All seating is reserved.

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