Richard Danielpour, who is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Composer-of-the-Year, will present a guest artist lecture and master class at WVU, Wednesday, Nov. 11. The event is free and open to the public.

Danielpour will speak to the general student body in a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A).

Following this, at 5 p.m., he will critique the work of three WVU student composers, Jaime Doerr, Matthew Jackfert and Rafael Langoni Smith, during a master class, also to be held in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall.

Danielpour’s visit is part of the partnership between the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the College of Creative Arts that also brings the PSO to the WVU Creative Arts Center three times each school year for the Canady Symphony Series.

In 2001, the PSO developed the Composer-of-the-Year Residency Program to bring audiences and living composers closer together. Grammy-Award winning Danielpour’s work has been performed throughout the world and his commissions read like a Who’s Who of the world’s leading musical institutions and artists. He is one of the most-recorded composers of his generations as well as an active educator who believes deeply in the nurturing of young musicians.

PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the PSO in a concert at the CAC Nov. 10, featuring the popular “Romeo and Juliet” Overture-fantasy by Tchaikovsky, as well as Dvoř�k’s Symphony No. 8 and Victor Herbert’s most notable work – his Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra. PSO cellist Adam Liu is the featured soloist.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert are available by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting the PSO online at They will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert.

For more information about the Danielpour lecture and master class, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841, Ext. 3108.


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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108,