Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraThursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou for “New and Old,” the premier event and return of PSO @ COA’s collaborative season.
Resident Conductor Andrés Franco and PSO guest soloist Augustin Hadelich will lead an evening exploring the connection between new and older works of art. Praised for his interpretations of modern composers as well as having a “flair for bringing older music into present tense,” (The New Yorker) violinist Augustin Hadelich has made a name for himself as one of the star violinists performing today with a reputation for performing wide-ranging repertoire and connecting modern and traditional works.
Starting his third season as Music Director of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony, Andrés Franco continues to delight audiences with his imaginative programming and energetic style. Mr. Franco also serves as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and continues to appear as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Columbus, Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Fort Worth, Houston, Mississippi, Springfield, St. Louis and Stockton symphonies; the philharmonic orchestras of Boise and Oklahoma City; and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Outside the U.S., Mr. Franco has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain; the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru; in addition to the National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. He has also appeared at the Cabrillo, Grant Park, OK Mozart, Oregon Bach, and Texas Music festivals.
Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. From Adès to Paganini, from Brahms to Bartók, he has mastered a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire and is often referred to by colleagues as a “musician’s musician.” Named Musical America’s 2018 “Instrumentalist of the Year”, he is consistently cited around the world for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and insightful interpretations. Mr. Hadelich will appear with over 25 North American orchestras in the 2019/2020 season, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, New York, Montréal, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Oregon, Seattle, Toronto, and numerous others.
Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. A passionate avid of chamber music, Dimitri recently collaborated with renowned violinist James Ehnes, whereas previous seasons have found him on stage with principal musicians from major European and U.S. orchestras, including Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Bonita Lee Penn is a Pittsburgh poet, editor, curator and author of the chapbook, Every Morning A Foot Is Looking For My Neck (Central Square Press, 2019.). Her work has appeared in JOINT. Literary Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge Journal, The Massachusetts Review, “The Skinny” Poetry Journal, Women Studies Quarterly, Voices from the Attic Anthology and her poem “When Lightning Rides Thunder Bareback” was the Solstice Editors’ Pick for the 2018 summer issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. A curator of various poetry events, she is a member of the Pittsburgh Black Feminist Reading Group and Managing Editor of the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine. Penn is also co-curator of “Common Threads: Faith, Activism, and the Art of Healing,” a Pittsburgh-based art exhibit that examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of varying faith traditions.
Wendy Scott’s first book of poems, Soon I Will Build an Ark, was published by Main Street Rag in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Harpur Palate, The Cape Rock, Fourth River, Cobalt, and The Meadow, among others. She has an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught composition and creative writing in a variety of settings, from universities and colleges to halfway houses and elementary schools.