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Sept. 15: School of Music Collaborates with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Vienna Days


Kristi Ries                            

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Collaborates
With Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Vienna Days

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music will partner with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) to present Vienna Days, a series of performances and lectures featuring Austrian music ensembles and Viennese music to welcome new Austrian music director Manfred Honeck.
Manfred Honeck      
Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music, worked with Larry Tamburri, president of the PSO, and the PSO’s artistic administration on this project, which represents the first exclusive partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the orchestra.
“Vienna Days evolved from many discussions with the PSO and staff of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, ” Zahler said. “I’m very pleased to bring the School of Music and the PSO together on this special project, which will serve to celebrate Mr. Honeck’s inaugural year and enhance the local cultural landscape.”
During Vienna Days, which will begin in October and last through the close of the 2008–2009 season, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will bring in ensembles such as the duo Artzt/Müeller, celebrated cantor Schmuel Barzilai and Austrian scholar Herbert Lachmeyer, among others. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon’s Contemporary Ensemble will perform selected works by Viennese composers at all four concerts this year. Vienna Days will culminate in two performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” by Carnegie Mellon student ensembles in Heinz Hall.
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music educates outstanding, intellectually gifted musicians through excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship and pedagogy. The School of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music composition and instrumental, vocal and keyboard performance. Graduate degrees are offered in composition, conducting and performance, and music education. The school also offers a variety of highly acclaimed non-degree programs, such as the Performance Residency Program, the Artist Diploma Program and the Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Piano Pedagogy, Advanced Flute Studies, Orff Schulwerk and Music Education certificate programs.

Pictured above is Austrian music director Manfred Honeck.