Unviersity Symphony Orchestra Performs Brahms, Mendessohn, and a premiere by Matthew Shepherd

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. Bellefield Avenue) and is free to the public. The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs not only works of the standard art music literature, but new works, especially those of Pitt's student composers. Outstanding students appear as concerto soloists, and the personnel consists of music students, students from the University at large, faculty, staff, and members of the metropolitan community. Listen to an excerpt from the Finale of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 (Organ) recorded during the orchestra's October concert at Epiphany Catholic Church. saintsaens.mp3