Carnegie Mellon University

Deal of a Lifetime


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra To Premiere Student Work

HandshakeFew aspiring musicians catch a break like this. A handshake deal on stage at Heinz Hall led to this weekend's premiere of a three-minute work for the PSO Pops — all because CMU student Rob Randazzo (BFA '12) struck up a conversation with principal pops conductor and renowned composer, Marvin Hamlisch.

Randazzo, who was singing as part of the All-Star Choir that weekend, dutifully got to work on the new piece with guidance from Nancy Galbraith, professor of composition.

And Hamlisch is keeping his end of the deal: the PSO Pops will premiere Randazzo's composition "Lydian Portals" in concert tonight through this Sunday, October 10.

For a young composer like Rob Randazzo, this is the chance of a lifetime. For Hamlisch, who is perhaps the most award-winning composer of our time*, it's a grand gesture that could potentially kick-start an aspiring composer's career.

*three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize.

Kristi Ries