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Bohemian Spirit: Manfred Conducts Dvorák

Feb 16, 2024 - Feb 18, 2024
Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

“My new symphony must be such as to make a stir in the world.” These prophetic words from Dvo?ák were answered with a work considered to be one of the composer’s best. Written in the gray area of hoping for peace while also yearning for patriotic reform, Dvo?ák expressed this inner struggle in his epic symphony.

Hailed as the “new cello genius” by Le Figaro, cellist Pablo Ferrández makes his PSO debut with Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto.

Composer Katherine Balch will be present for all performances.

The co-commission of Katherine Balch’s musica pyralis is part of New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program, which fosters collaboration and collective action between US orchestras and composers toward racial and gender equity in classical music. Amplifying Voices is powered by the Sphinx Venture Fund, with additional support from ASCAP, the Sorel Organization, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and The Wise Family Charitable Foundation. For more information on the Amplifying Voices program, visit Amplifying Voices – New Music USA.

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