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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2015


PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Scottish Rite Cathedral Series celebrates its 15th anniversary during the 2015-2016 season with a diverse selection of concerts that hits all the right notes.
The season opens on Friday, December 18 with one of the most festive nights of the year — Holiday Pops! Guest conductor Daniel Meyer leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a sleigh full of guest artists in favorite carols, cherished holiday tunes, seasonal orchestral pieces and a Christmas sing-along.

Music Director Manfred Honeck comes to the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Thursday, February 25. He leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” which was recorded in the 2014-2015 season for future release. The orchestra also will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 93 in D major, the first of the 12 “London” symphonies he wrote during a two-year period in the English capital. The remaining piece on the program will be a surprise just for the New Castle audience!

The series wraps up on April 9, 2016 with a celebration of 50 years of movie scores in The Ultimate Oscars. This program features Oscar-winning scores from movies like “The Godfather,” “Star Wars,” “Schindler’s List” and many more. Please note that film clips are not part of this performance.

Three-concert season packages go on sale May 1 and are $33-$150. Packages can be purchased by calling 800-743-8560 or visiting Packages for the 2015-2016 season also can be purchased in person prior to the final concert of the 2014-2015 season, “The Art of Music,” on Wednesday, May 20. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale this summer.
All concerts are held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle. Pre-concert dinners are held at the cathedral, beginning at 6 p.m., before each performance. Call 724-654-6683 for reservations.
2015-2016 Scottish Rite Cathedral Series at a Glance
Programs, artists and dates are subject to change

Friday, December 18, 2015
Holiday Pops!
Daniel Meyer, conductor

A sleigh full of favorite carols, cherished holiday tunes, seasonal orchestral pieces and a Christmas carol sing-along are headed to the Scottish Rite Cathedral. One of the most festive concerts of this year, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Daniel Meyer, will delight children of all ages — from 1 to 92.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Tchaikovsky and Haydn
Manfred Honeck, conductor

Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s emotional and pain-filled Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 93 in D major. The program includes a third work that will be a surprise just for the New Castle audience!

Saturday, April 9, 2016
The Ultimate Oscars
Celebrate 50 years of Oscar-winning scores—from John Williams to John Barry—with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

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