Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Principal Guest Conductor Slatkin Leads PSO

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012



Pianist Stephen Hough performs Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto

PITTSBURGH – Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a series of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts March 30-April 1.

The concerts open with PSO Composer of the Year Steven Stucky’s Son et Lumière (Sound and Light), which entertains with its play of colors and shimmering textures.

Pianist Stephen Hough will join the PSO and dazzle the audience with the exotic sounds of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto. Hough’s most recent performance at Heinz Hall was in April 2010. The second half of the program features Slatkin leading the orchestra in his own signature orchestral suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s lush and romantic ballet, Cinderella.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.

With a singular vision that transcends musical fashions and trends, Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. He received the 2008 Northwestern University School of Music's Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance and was named winner of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. Hough has appeared with most of the major American and European orchestras and plays recitals regularly in the important halls and concert series around the world. Recent engagements include recitals in London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Sydney and on the main stage of Carnegie Hall; performances with the New York, London, Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Toronto and Atlanta Symphonies, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Russian National Orchestras; and a worldwide televised performance with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.

An internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He was named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Slatkin began serving as the PSO’s Principal Guest Conductor in the fall of 2008. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974, Slatkin has led virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States, including those of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia. He is a regular guest at major summer festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Saratoga and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Slatkin's more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall




Contact: James Barthen, Vice President of Public Affairs

Phone: 412.392.4835
email: jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations

Phone: 412.392.4827
email: rsantanam@pittsburghsymphony.org

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