For Immediate Release
Nov. 27, 2012
VIOLINIST ANNE AKIKO MEYERS MAKES PSO DEBUT WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF MASON BATES’ VIOLIN CONCERTO
Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads PSO in program that includes Haydn, Saint-Saëns
|Anne Akiko Meyers|
Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall to lead the PSO in the two concerts that also will feature Haydn’s charming Symphony No. 68 and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ Symphony”),
The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. 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.
Bates’ Violin Concerto was commissioned by Meyers with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
“I am thrilled to premiere Mason Bates' first violin concerto-actually his first concerto for any instrument,” she remarked. “I have been very interested in his work for some time and asked him to write some cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto, several years ago.”
Meyers said she enjoys collaborating with composers because “we can discuss technical aspects to help achieve the storyline the composer has so deeply in mind. Understanding the soul of the piece is what's important, and we have done a lot of work via Skype. The premiere feels much like giving birth to a child. I look forward to sharing this beautiful work with audiences soon.”
Added Bates, who is the PSO’s Composer of the Year: “Every note is written with Anne in mind, and Leonard Slatkin who will be at the helm. … I have known (Meyers) for a long time. She has a fiery personality and is an incredible player.”
The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2012-2013 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.
Bates is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the PSO. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s premiere concert violinists. A celebrated and versatile soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator, she has collaborated with world-class musicians from both the classical and popular worlds, commissioned and premiered new works, and showcased under-performed works to new audiences. In February 2012, Meyers's eagerly anticipated Bach Air album, recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra, will be released on eOne. Air features Bach’s violin concerti and the double concerto, for which Meyers recorded both parts, on her two Stradivari violins, the 1697 “ex-Napoleon/Molitor” and the 1730 “Royal Spanish.”
|Mason Bates (Photo Credit: Mike Minehan)|
Editors Please Note:
Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, violin
Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 68 in B-flat major
II. Menuetto: Allegretto
Mason Bates Violin Concerto (World Premiere and PSO Co-commission)
Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Opus 78, “Organ Symphony”
I. Adagio – Allegro moderato – Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato – Presto – maestoso
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