Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich Featured at Next ‘Moscow on the Bluff’ Concert

The next concert in the Mary Pappert School of Music's series Moscow on the Bluff will feature works by composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dimitri Shostakovich.

Concert III: Tchaikovsky in Italy will be held this Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. in the music school's PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne University.

According to David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Piano Chair at Duquesne University and the series' artistic director, Tchaikovsky visited Italy numerous times and fell in love with its sunny warmth, beautiful scenery and deep musical roots. The great artist's String Sextet will be performed at the concert.

Shostakovich's popular piece Piano Quintet, which won the Lenin Prize in 1940, will be performed, along with a work he composed at the end of his life when he set seven poems by Alexander Block to music. Written for a soprano and piano trio, it will be performed by soprano Sari Gruber and the Duquesne Trio-Wehr, violinist Charles Stegeman and cellist Adam Liu.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800.838.3006. For more information on the Moscow on the Bluff series, visit

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