“Since his appointment in 2007, Manfred Honeck has really made the orchestra his own, and they are clearly one of the very best orchestras in the world right now.”
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, will be performing for one night only at New York’s Carnegie Hall on May 10, 2014. This exciting concert concludes the Spring For Music Festival, a week-long festival of concerts by North American symphony and chamber orchestras presented annually at Carnegie Hall with an artistic profile built around innovative and creative programs and offered at affordable prices (each ticket is only $25). More information can be found at www.springformusic.com. Each orchestra is asked to bring its “hometown” audience so the seats should be filled with current and former Pittsburghers showing their Pittsburgh Pride.
The central work on the program will be Mozart's Death in Words and Music. This unique presentation is arranged by Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck and features the beloved Requiem, Gregorian Chant, readings, and other works by Mozart. Academy Award-winning actor and Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham, who famously portrayed Salieri in the film Amadeus, will narrate the performance. Another treasured Pittsburgh institution, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will also be featured.
LANXESS Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Spring For Music performance at Carnegie Hall.
The complete artist and program listing for the concert is:
SUNHAE IM, soprano
ELIZABETH DESHONG, mezzo soprano
BENJAMIN BRUNS, tenor
LIANG LI, bass
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, speaker
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Betsy Burleigh, director)
SCHOLA CANTORUM, ST. AGNES CHURCH
Bruckner: Ave Maria (a cappella)
Francis Poulenc: Final scene from Dialogues des Carmelites
James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse (NY premiere)
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Requiem, K. 626: Mozart’s Death in Words and Music
Risks and challenges
Taking an Orchestra and its instruments on tour is no easy feat. The Pittsburgh Symphony, and all of its cargo, will travel more than 750 miles round-trip by air to New York City. The musicians will need to stay in a Manhattan hotel for two nights and receive per diem to cover their meals during the stay. The total delegation, including musicians, soloists, and support staff is expected to be 117 people. In addition, there are fees for the guest artists, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and Schola Cantorum who will be performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
The total project costs approximately $300,000. This will be paid through a presenter fee from Spring For Music, corporate and individual sponsorships, and this Kickstarter campaign.
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