Carnegie Mellon University
August 20, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Announces 2012-2013 Season

Contacts:  Dana Casto / School of Music / 412-268-4921 /
Pam Wigley / Media Relations / 412-268-1047 /
Music LogoPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Music’s 2012-2013 season features the premiere of a new work honoring its 100th anniversary, an appearance by guest conductor Uriel Segal, and a performance of the Philharmonic and Choirs at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md. Overall, the school will present more than 250 concerts and events. A complete schedule, ticket information and other details can be found at

Season Highlights

  • The School of Music’s 2012-2013 season begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, with the Philharmonic’s Concert at Carnegie Music Hall under the direction of Maestro Ronald Zollman. This concert features the world premiere of the “Centennial Suite,” a composition written by members of the composition faculty — Leonardo Balada, Nancy Galbraith, Marilyn Taft Thomas and Reza Vali — in celebration of the school’s first 100 years.
  • This year’s Homecoming Weekend will showcase a collection of versatile performances by the Wind Ensemble (4 p.m., Oct. 6, Kresge Theater); Concert Choir (3 p.m., Oct. 7, Kresge Theater); and Symphony Orchestra (7:30 p.m., Oct. 7, Carnegie Music Hall).
  • Israeli conductor Uriel Segal will guest conduct the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra at its 7:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 28. Segal is in his fifth year as principal guest conductor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Previously, he was the music director of the renowned Chautauqua Festival Symphony Orchestra in New York for 18 seasons. Sarah Streranka (BFA’14), the 2011 School of Music Concerto Competition winner, will join Maestro Segal and the orchestra as soloist on Jacques Ibert’s spectacular “Flute Concerto.”
  • The season also features two opera productions by the school’s talented vocal and orchestral musicians. Sondheim’s colorful “Into the Woods,” conducted by Robert Page, will be performed in the Chosky Theater Oct. 25-28. Gil Rose will conduct Copland’s “The Tender Land” Jan. 24-27.
  • The combined forces of Carnegie Mellon’s Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus will perform a wide variety of holiday music as part of their annual Holiday Concert at noon and 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. The concert’s works include excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” symphonic arrangements by Arthur Harris and the ever popular “Chanukah Lights” by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
  • The Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus will perform Orff’s iconic “Carmina Burana” in two concerts — one at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 (8 p.m., Feb. 16) and the second at St. John Vianney Church (4 p.m., Feb. 17). The choirs will be joined by the Carnegie Mellon Percussion Ensemble and faculty members Mark Carver and Luz Manriquez on piano.
  • One of the final performances for the School of Music will be a special concert at the Music Center at Strathmore (8 p.m., April 5, North Bethesda, Md.) featuring the Philharmonic and choirs under the direction of Ronald Zollman. Together, they will perform Bruckner’s “Te Deum” and the Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s “First Symphony.”