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September 01, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic's Season Features Renowned Guest Conductors

By Emily Rybinski-Benish

Emily Rybinski-Benish
Pam Wigley
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Carnegie Mellon University School of Music's 2017-2018 Philharmonic season will feature several internationally recognized guest conductors and soloists. The repertoire includes many classical standards from renowned composers.

Here are some highlights:

  • The season begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland under the direction of Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, music director of Orchestral Studies for the School of Music. Featuring music from the late 19th century, the philharmonic will perform Dvořák's "Carnival Overture Op. 92" and "Symphony No. 7 in D Minor Op. 70." Also on the program is Chausson's "Poème," featuring violinist Alicia Venables, the 2017 concerto competition winner in the graduate category.
  • Led by guest conductor Paul Polivnick, the philharmonic will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. This concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland includes Adams' "The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra," Stravinsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major" featuring violinist Lillian Lee, the 2017 concerto competition winner in the undergraduate category.
  • The combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Chorus will perform a wide variety of music at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Conducted by Cárdenes, Daniel Nesta Curtis and Thomas W. Douglas, the concert will feature Fauré's "Requiem" and Williams' "Theme from Schindler's List," featuring Maestro Cárdenes on violin. The concert will include Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnole" and a selection of a cappella choral works.
  • The philharmonic will return to Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, under the direction of guest conductor and pianist Ian Hobson. The philharmonic will perform Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major, Op 15," featuring Maestro Hobson on piano. The concert will close with Rachmaninoff's "Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27."
  • Internationally renowned conductor John Neschling will lead the philharmonic and chorus at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The evening will consist of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture," Villa-Lobos' "Chôros No. 10" and Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan."
  • The philharmonic will perform at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, with Curtis and Guy Bordo conducting for the Student Composers' Concert, featuring original works composed for orchestra by School of Music students.
  • The philharmonic season finale will take place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Under the direction of Cárdenes, the philharmonic will perform a program featuring Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93," and Strauss's tone poem "Don Quixote Op. 35," featuring CMU faculty members David Harding on viola and Anne Martindale Williams on cello.

For more information and complete details on the 2017-2018 season, visit