Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, PSO Present
Carnegie Mellon Night at the Symphony, Nov. 10
PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invite students, staff, faculty and guests to Carnegie Mellon Night at the Symphony at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at Heinz Hall, downtown.
Guest Conductor Marek Janowski will lead the orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concert No. 4 in G major, Opus 58 with pianist Nikolai Lugansky. The program also includes Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Opus 98 and Hungarian Dances (Nos. 17-19 and 21). This concert is part of the PSO's new live recording project of Brahms' complete symphonies on the PentaTone label, the first volume of which was released at the end of August 2007.
Brahms was a reluctant symphonist, for he knew the comparisons to Beethoven were inevitable. "You have no conception of how the likes of us feel when we hear the tramp of a giant like him behind us," Brahms said. The fourth symphony was given its premiere in October 1885 with Brahms conducting. It was well received then and remains popular to this day.
Beethoven's fourth piano concerto was premiered by Beethoven himself in a private concert in 1807. The public premiere was not until Dec. 22, 1808, when Beethoven again took the solo part. This was part of a marathon concert in which Beethoven made his last appearance as a soloist with an orchestra.
Following the performance, PSO musicians and Carnegie Mellon guests can mingle and enjoy a post-concert dessert reception hosted by Carnegie Mellon's President's Office.
Discounted tickets for alumni, students, faculty and staff can be purchased at the Information Desk at Carnegie Mellon's University Center. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/cmunight.html. Tickets start at $12.