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