One of todays foremost violinists and an internationally known conductor are set to appear at West Virginia Universitys Creative Arts Center when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to Morgantown March 28.
The eventthe third concert in this years Canady Symphony Seriesbegins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
Violinist Nikolaj Znaider will perform the sumptuous Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a Viennese master who became renowned for classic film scores of the 1940s, while Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda will bring Franz Schuberts Great C Major Symphony to the Creative Arts Center for a rousing finale.
Anton WebernsPassacagliaopens the program. This is Weberns graduation piece, which he wrote in 1908 upon completing his composition studies with Arnold Schoenberg.
Znaider, celebrated internationally as one of todays great violinists, works regularly with the worlds leading orchestras and is increasingly popular as a conductor. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra recently appointed him principal guest conductor, and he tours with the ensemble early in the season.
Znaiders schedule includes an international tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, with which he performs the Brahms Concerto, and with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev for Arnold Schoenbergs Violin Concerto. In Dresden, Germany, with Sir Colin Davis and the Dresden Staatskapelle, he will perform and record Edward Elgars Violin Concerto for release by BMG Red Seal/Sony Masterworks for the concertos centennial next year.
Born in Denmark to Polish-Israeli parents, Znaider studied with the eminent Russian pedagogue Boris Kushnir.
Noseda has been music director of Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, since September 2007 following a successful collaboration which started in 2004.
Chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, England, after four years as principal conductor, Noseda started his international journey in 1997, when he became the first foreign principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. There, he also established the Mariinsky Young Philharmonic Orchestra and served as its principal conductor.
Since 1998, he has served as the principal conductor of the Orquesta de Cadaqués. Prior to that, he was principal guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1999 to 2003 and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI , Turin from 2003 to 2006. In addition, since 2000, he has held the post of artistic director of the Stresa Festival in Italy.
Single tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony concert are $39 ($12 for students) and are only available through the Pittsburgh Symphony box office. They may be purchased by phone at 800-743-8560 or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org . Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert.
The Canady Symphony Series is the cornerstone of a partnership between the WVU College of Creative Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It is made possible in part through the generosity of title sponsors Dr. William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter, Valerie, and series sponsor BB&T.