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Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present an ambitious program to end their fall semester. The concert will include Mendelssohn’s well known Hebrides Overture (also known as Fingal’s Cave), Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, and the premiere of a composition by Pitt student composer Matthew Shepherd. Titled Entremet, Shepherd’s work will feature the orchestra’s wind and percussion sections. The concert takes place on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium (315 S.
Rehearsal schedule Wednesday, November 14, 2007 – Bellefield please note: trumpets and trombones take a break: we’ll see you for the last wed. rehearsal on November 28 – see below… 7:30 strings only – make sure you have the part associated with your name 8:00 Brahms – all except trumpets and trombones(we start with 3rd and 2nd movements) 9:15 Mendelssohn There is no rehearsal on Wednesday November 21st – Thanksgiving Recess Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will give a concert as part of the Organ Dedication Concert Series at Epiphany Catholic Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The program will feature Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony) and Max Bruch’s Romanze for viola and orchestra. Ayo Ogunranti, a composer and organist currently in graduate studies at Pitt, will perform the organ part for the Saint-Saëns. Pitt Junior Sarah Albani, a double major in music and biology, will be viola soloist for the Bruch. The orchestra's brass section will perform Garbrieli’s Cazona X and Ogunranti will perform his own solo organ composition Gbe E ga from his organ suite titled Sound His Praise. The concert takes place on Friday, October 26 at...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 – Bellefield Hall Auditorium 7:30 Saint-Saens -full orchestra from the beginning 8:50 Gabrieli Canzona X (brass) 9:00 Bruch – Romance for viola and orchestra (including winds as assigned below)


Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite John Cage: Twenty-three Tison Street: Fantasia for Six Celli

Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free



Max Bruch: Romanze for viola and orchestra with Sarah Albani, solo viola Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony) Epiphany Catholic Church, free 1018 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-3502 (across from Chatham Center)


Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free

(Note: I've made Roger's comments regarding the Pitt Magazine feature on our orchestra into a separate post since they include announcements about auditions and the first meeting. —Phil Thompson, communications coordinator) 1. … and this year promises to be even more exciting (not to mention suspenseful!) For orchestra members who are returning, our first meeting is Wednesday August 29th in Bellefield Hall Auditorium 7:30 pm - strings only: Grieg: Holberg Suite 8:00 pm – Stravinsky: Petrushka Auditions for incoming members will be held on Monday - Wednesday, August 27 - 29th. There is an audition sign-up sheet posted in the 1st floor hallway of the Music Building. I might as well include the syllabus and schedule for Fall...

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