Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck opens the 2015-2016 season of the Canady Symphony Series at West Virginia University phenomenal Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

The concert has a distinctly Italian flair, offering performances of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien, bastions of the orchestral repertoire that were both inspired by the sights and sounds of Italy.

Along with these two great works, Trifonov gives the audience the rare opportunity to hear him perform his own composition, Concerto in E-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra. The piece is Trifonov’s first large-scale orchestral composition and is a remarkable contribution to the centuries-old tradition of the composer-virtuosos who performed their own works. Zachary Lewis wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the piece’s premiere, “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”

Tickets are $27 and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu. Student tickets are $13 per concert. Student tickets can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/wvustudent. Beginning at 6 p.m., tickets and series subscriptions also may be purchased the evening of the performance in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby. Subscriptions to all three concerts in the series are still available for purchase online.

A pre-concert talk led by Assistant Conductor Andr�s Franco will begin at 6:30 p.m. Program notes for the evening’s concert are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org or on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra mobile app, which is available on both Android and Apple platforms.

The 2015-2016 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of Valerie.


CONTACT: Joyce DeFrancesco, PSO Director of Media Relations
412-392-4827; jdefrancesco@pittsburghsyphony.org


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