Join Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the first concert in the ensemble's 40th Anniversary Season! The program will include the premiere of Zahab's own entelechron symphonies ( which he describes as "written for the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and all its orchestrians past, present and future/dedicated to those who like to play with others"), Saint Saëns' Cello Concerto no. 1 with soloist Eric Cyphers, and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony no. 41 in C major.
World renowned jazz pianist Geri Allen joins Pitt's Symphony Orchestra as soloist on Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite. The program also includes Philip Thompson's double bass concerto, Finney's Prayer, with soloist Andrew Kohn, the premiere of Andrew Kohn's trombone concerto, Finney's Birthplace, with soloist Kevin McManus, and Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz.
For their final concert of the semester Pitt's Symphony Orchestra presents Morton Feldman's Structures for orchestra (1960-62) and Jean Sibelius' Symphony no. 5 in E flat major, op. 82.
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony shows off the different sections of the orchestra with Carlo Gesualdo's brass septet, Moro, lasso, al mio duolo, Franz Krommer's Partita in F major, op. 77 for winds, and the premiere of David Mahler's After the Traveler (Sounding a Place to Stay) for string orchestra. The orchestra will reunite to perform Symphony in C by Georges Bizet.
Roger Zahab leads the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring student soloist Gabriel Freedman performing Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto no. 4 in D minor, op. 70. Dvorak's Symphonic Variations will round out the program.
The University Orchestra's final concert of the semester will include Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto, Rachmaninov's Second Symphony and new works or arrangements by six undergraduates: Garrett Carson, Hamid Campbell, Christian Clark, Eric Gratta, Dan Rothman and Brandon Smith
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar's Cello Concerto with cellist Stefan Poost, Mark Fromm's (PhD 2012) Steel, Slag, and Silicon, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.
Pitt Arts will host its second annual Arts Festival on Friday, September 5 and once again the slate of performers will highlight some of our outstanding Department of Music students. Our string quartet, featuring violinists Jennifer Hess and Olivia Jackson, cellist Eric Gratta and violin and viola instructor/orchestra director Roger Zahab on viola, will kick off the festival at noon on the porch of the William Pitt Union. Later on, at 3:30, members of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will take to the WPU porch to entertain Festival attendees.
Director Roger Zahab leads the orchestra in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Jennifer Hess, Igor Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2, Burkhardt Reiter’s Amnesiac Responses, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.