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    August 15, 2019
    LATROBE, PA – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will perform Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Saint Vincent Basilica.
    A pre-concert benefit reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Saint Vincent campus.
    Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor is the last symphony upon which Anton Bruckner worked, leaving the last movement incomplete at the time of his death in 1896; the symphony was premiered under Ferdinand Löwe in Vienna in 1903. Bruckner dedicated it “to the beloved God” (in German, dem lieben Gott). It represents an important link between late romanticism and modernity.
    Under the direction of Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck since 2008, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).
    The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the groundbreaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 – including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America – the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
    Critically acclaimed as one of the finest choruses in the country, the 110-year-old Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is re-inventing choral music for the 21st century. MCP singers are every-day community members from diverse backgrounds and professions who give generously of their time and talent to create powerful, unexpected and deeply moving moments of musical discovery. Now under music director Matthew Mehaffey, the MCP has been celebrated for its exciting and innovating programming.
    For tickets or for more information, contact the Saint Vincent Office of Event and Conference Services at 724-532-5030. Tickets may also be purchased online athttps://www.eventsquid.com/event/6318.
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    Jim Berger, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Public Relations