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Feb. 16: Philharmonic Performs Works by Bernstein, Hanson and Gershwin, Feb. 20


Eric Sloss

Philharmonic Performs Works by
Bernstein, Hanson and Gershwin, Feb. 20

PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, under the direction of Juan Pablo Izquierdo and guest conductor Erich Kunzel of the Cincinnati Pops, will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.     

The philharmonic will present selections from Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," Howard Hanson's  "Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, 'Romantic'" and George Gershwin's "Symphonic Picture From Porgy and Bess."    

"The philharmonic will feature an all-American classic program that reflects the influence of jazz with works from Bernstein and Gershwin, and the permanence of post-romanticism with works from Hanson," Izquierdo said.    

Izquierdo has conducted Chile's National and Philharmonic Orchestra and won first prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors in 1966. That same year, he was named assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein for the New York Philharmonic. His international appearances include conducting the Bavarian Radio and BBC orchestras, as well as other radio orchestras in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Madrid, Glasgow, Paris and Brussels. He has conducted ensembles around the world, including the Vienna Symphony, the Holland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.    

For information about tickets or the concert, call the ticket office at 412-268-2383. For more information on the School of Music or the College of Fine Arts, visit or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


About the Selections

Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" (1956)
Since its first concert performance on January 26, 1957, by the New York Philharmonic, the "Overture to Candide" has become one of the most frequently performed orchestral compositions by a 20th century American composer.
Howard Hanson's "Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, 'Romantic'" (1930)
Written for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930, Hanson's second symphony became well known as part of the soundtrack to the 1979 movie, "Alien."

George Gershwin's "Symphonic Picture From Porgy and Bess" (1935)
Gershwin's 1935 folk opera "Porgy and Bess" gained great popularity and accolades after his death. The score to the Broadway show is famous for such songs as "I Got Rhythm" and "Summertime."