‘A Night In Russia’ to Premier This Month

Guest conductor Krzysztof Urbański, music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during this subscription weekend. He leads a program that includes the Pittsburgh premiere of Prokofiev’s Russian Overture, a solo by Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley in a concerto by Khachaturian, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a piece originally written for solo piano that is now one of the great orchestral works.

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they were created. Conductor Christian Capocaccia will present a pre-concert talk one hour prior to each performance.

The concert on Saturday, January 31 is a “Behind the Notes” performance. This weekend, the Saturday concert will include the Khachaturian concerto with Bendix-Balgley in the first half and “Pictures at an Exhibition” in the second half, with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham revealing the intricacies of Ravel’s orchestration while pianist Rodrigo Ojeda and the orchestra demonstrate his insights.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org


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