Carnegie Mellon University
August 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music’s 2014-2015 Season Features Renowned Guest Conductors Manfred Honeck, David Effron and Barry Douglas

Dana Casto / Director, Marketing & Communications School of Music / 412-268-4921 /
Pam Wigley / Director, Media Relations / College of Fine Arts / 412-268-1047 /

Andres CardenesPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Music’s 2014-2015 orchestra season will feature several internationally recognized guest conductors and soloists. The repertoire for the season includes many standards as well as hallmarks from American composers.

Here are some highlights:

* The School of Music’s 2014-2015 season begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, with the Philharmonic’s concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland under the direction of Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, artistic director of Orchestral Studies for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. This concert features last year’s concerto competition winner Joshua Burca on Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47.”

* Internationally renowned conductor and pianist Barry Douglas will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic on Sunday, Oct. 12. The 7:30 p.m. concert at Carnegie Music Hall will feature Douglas performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19.”

* The combined forces of Carnegie Mellon’s Philharmonic and Choirs will perform a wide variety of festive music as part of the annual Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. This seasonal favorite, conducted by Andrés Cárdenes, will feature award-winning pianist Luis Hernandez on Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” 

* The Philharmonic will return to Carnegie Music Hall at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25. Under the direction of guest conductor David Effron, they will perform Mozart’s “Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’,” Schoenberg’s “Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.” This concert features 2014 concerto competition winner Siu Yan Yap on William Kraft’s “Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra.”

* Under the direction of guest conductor Manfred Honeck of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic and Choirs will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 at Carnegie Music Hall. The evening will consist of Mozart’s “Requiem Mass, K. 626” and Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, ‘From the New World’.”

* The Philharmonic returns to the Carnegie Music Hall at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, for the Student Composers’ Concert featuring original works composed for orchestra by Carnegie Mellon School of Music students. The concert is under the direction of Daniel Nesta Curtis and guest conductor Guy Bordo, who is director of Orchestras at the University of Akron School of Music.

* The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic will finish the season at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 at Carnegie Music Hall. Under the direction of Andrés Cárdenes, the Philharmonic will perform Barber’s “Symphony in One Movement” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, ‘Eroica’.” Joining the Philharmonic for the concert will be faculty member and opera singer Jennifer Aylmer. Aylmer will sing ‘Quel guardo, il cavaliere’ from Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” ‘L'amerò, sarò costante’ from Mozart’s “Il re pastore,” and ‘Vorrei spiegavari il giubilo’ from Rossini’s “La cambiale di matrimonio.” The New York Times has hailed her for her “awesome accuracy,” while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, “bask in the aural delight of Aylmer’s dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction.”  

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Maestro Andrés Cárdenes (pictured above), artistic director of Orchestral Studies for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, will open the 2014-15 season by conducting the Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. 

Photo by Alisa Garin Photography