Carnegie Mellon University

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Contact: Eric C. Sloss
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Sir Andrew Davis To Conduct Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Nov. 7 

PITTSBURGH—Andrew Davis, one of Britain's leading conductors, will conduct the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue. The program includes Jean Sibelius' "Symphony No. 7 in C Major" and Michael Tippett's "Concerto for Orchestra." Admission is $5 and students are free with a valid student ID. For tickets call 412-268-2383.

Sibelius' "Symphony No. 7 in C Major," a one-movement "symphonic fantasy," was the composer's final published symphony. Tippett's "Concerto for Orchestra" remains one of the most influential orchestral works to come out of Great Britain in the 20th century.

"It is a meaningful experience to have Sir Andrew Davis conduct the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. He will include the work of composer Tippett, arguably one of the most important British composers of his time," said Juan Pablo Izquierdo, director of orchestral studies for Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music.

"This is a virtuoso orchestra piece that demands the full capacity of the performers. The program will close with the 'Symphony # 7' by Sibelius, which is one of his finest and a classic of the modern repertoire," Izquierdo said.

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Symphony Hall in Boston. It will make its first appearance in Severance Hall in Cleveland in May 2007.

Davis is in his seventh year as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also serves as the artistic advisor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is conductor laureate of the Toronto and BBC symphonies. Known to audiences worldwide from his BBC Proms appearances, Davis has also toured extensively with many leading symphony and opera ensembles. He received the 2003 Dushkin Award from the Music Institute of Chicago and the 1991 Royal Philharmonic Society/Charles Heidsieck Music Award for leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra through an outstanding Diamond Jubilee season. In recognition of his service to music, Davis was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List.

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