‘Octet’ Headlines ‘Schubert on the Bluff’ Opening Concert

The final season of the Mary Pappert School of Music's (MPSOM) three-year Schubert on the Bluff series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 26, with the Viennese composer's tuneful Octet in F Major, D. 803, contrasting with Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958 during the 7:30 p.m. concert in the PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne University.

French composer Claude Debussy, whose works will also be featured this season, will be represented at the opening concert with Sonata for Cello and Piano, one of three chamber sonatas he composed during World War I.

"Sonata for Cello and Piano explores Debussy's reactions to the horrors in the world around him in a work of wistfulness and humor," explained David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair and artistic director of Schubert on the Bluff.

Schubert's Gelagart unter'm duet from The Friends of Salamanca, D. 326 will also be featured at this concert.

In addition to pianist Wehr, musicians at the performance will include:

  • Charles Stegeman, violin (MPSOM professor)
  • Rachel Stegeman, violin (MPSOM adjunct professor, associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Meng Wang, viola (Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Adam Liu, cello (MPSOM adjunct professor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Aaron White, contrabass (MPSOM adjunct professor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ron Samuels, clarinet (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Phillip Pandolfi, bassoon (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Zachary Smith, French horn (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra).

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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