PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MENDELSSOHN CHOIR DAZZLE IN SAINT VINCENT BASILICA PERFORMANCE
LATROBE, PA – In front of a capacity crowd on Saturday night in the Saint Vincent Basilica, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), under the direction of conductor Manfred Honeck, performed Anton Bruckner’s hallmark Symphony No. 9, before being joined by the acclaimed Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) for a performance of Bruckner’s masterful Te Deum.
Following a pre-concert reception in the Fred M. Rogers Center, Honeck led the two-time 2018 GRAMMY Award-winning PSO in its performance of Symphony No. 9, the final composition in Bruckner’s life, which debuted in Feb. 1903, more than six years after his death.
After the performance of Symphony No. 9 and an intermission, the MCP, under the leadership of Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform Te Deum, completed by Bruckner in 1884 as a choral composition to demonstrate his unshakable faith and devotion in God. Soloists Sari Gruber (soprano), Laurel Semerdjian (mezzo-soprano), Miles Mykkanen (tenor) and Brian Kontes (bass) were joined by the MCP, a 112-year-old choral group comprised of everyday community members from diverse backgrounds and professions. The Mendelssohn Choir has been the proud choral partner of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than 90 years.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert and pre-concert reception benefit the Students First Fund at Saint Vincent College, aimed at helping to educate capable students with financial need.
PHOTO: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn Choir perform in the Saint Vincent Basilica on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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