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Photos and Audio* from October

Here are some snap shots from two of our October concerts: Heinz Chapel Choir and the Symphony Orchestra. As a regular part of Heinz Chapel Choir concerts, director John Goldsmith divides the choir into two or three groups and they perform in the round. This photo shows half the choir in the north-facing transept window. The setting is an important part of the event acoustically as well as visually. Soloist Mathew Shusko sings Mata del Anima Sola (Tree of the Lonely Soul), a Venezuelan folk song. Here are two audio excerpts from the concert: Oculus Non Vidit by Rihards Dubra, and Meredith Wilsnon's Till There Was You. These pieces give a good idea of the kind of variety one encounters at a Heinz Chapel Choir concert, and how good the group sounds no matter what style they're performing. Oculus Non Vidit Oculus Non Vidit Till There Was You Till There Was You On Friday the 26th, the orchestra performed at Epiphany Catholic Church in downtown Pittsburgh, as part of that church's organ dedication concert series. Violist Sarah Albani performed Bruch's Romanze for viola and orchestra. Excerpt from Bruch's Romanze Bruch Romanze Ayo Ogunranti, a graduate student in composition and theory, performed his composition Gbe E ga on the rebuilt Austin organ. The orchestra performed Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony). At the end of the program the audience of about 200 practically leapt out of their seats with a heartfelt standing ovation. *I added the audio after the original post as it became available, and there's more to come. The Management

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