Symphony Orchestra plans Westminster College concerts

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play two concerts at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., as part of its 2018-19 season.

According to Westminster College President Dr. Kathy B. Richardson, “This is a remarkable opportunity to enjoy world-class music in New Wilmington.”

The series will open Oct. 6 with “Bernstein in Pittsburgh.” The orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano for a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein. The evening will be filled with pieces Bernstein conducted with the Pittsburgh Symphony early in his career — works by Beethoven, Haydn and Stravinsky — as well as Bernstein’s own First Symphony, which the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered in 1944.

For the second concert on March 25, the orchestra and Honeck will be joined by violinist Julian Rachlin, who has been described in the Los Angeles Times as “a virtuoso with heart.” The program will feature selections from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt”“Morning Mood” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” — and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Rachlin has been hailed as “the real thing” by the Los Angeles Times.

The Pittsburgh orchestra ended a 16-year run of concerts at Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, Pa., in 2017.

Both concerts will be in Westminster’s 1,700-seat Orr Auditorium. Season tickets range from $70 to $98 for the two concerts with single tickets ranging from $40 to $55. Single tickets for students ages 5 to 24 are available for $12.

For tickets or information, call the Celebrity Series box office at 724-946-7354.

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