PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2012-2013 season of concerts at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle will include a Beatles tribute band, the movie music of multiple Oscar-winning composer John Williams, and PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck conducting works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
This will be the 12th season of the PSO performances at this venue.
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The season opens with the Beatles tribute concert, Classical Mystery Tour, at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19. Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, John Brosnan and Chris Camilleri play John, Paul, George and Ringo, and pay tribute to the first rock album ever to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Leading the PSO in this concert will be its new assistant conductor, Fawzi Haimor.
Music Director Honeck will lead the PSO in the second concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2013. Russian powerhouse Denis Matsuev will be the guest soloist, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert also will feature Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
The season concludes in grand fashion at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013, when Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra in the music of John Williams. Quite possibly the most famous composer of movie music, Williams has won five Academy Awards. His legendary film work includes the music for Jaws, Schindler’s List, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, The Accidental Tourist, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, the first three Harry Potter movies and, of course, the unforgettable music for Star Wars and all four Indiana Jones films. In 1971, he adapted the score for the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he composed original violin cadenzas for renowned virtuoso Isaac Stern.