The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-10-11 8 p.m. 2017-10-11 America/New_York The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

The arts flourish in turbulent times and periods of great crisis. Music and poetry will come together for an evening of performance and dialogue around the ways creativity thrives in times of political strife and oppression.

The Clarion String Quartet, comprised of members from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, give a voice to suppressed composers. The group will perform works composed before, during and after the holocaust by composers that were silenced by the Nazis. Members will discuss the works, their performance at the Teresienstadt Concentration Camp and the upcoming PSO concert featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.


Featured Musicians:

Clarion String Quartetcomprised of members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra:

Jennifer Orchard, violin
Marta Krechkovsky, violin
Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola
Bronwyn Banerdt, cello
Hosted by Andrés Franco, associate conductor, PSO


Featured Writers:

Internationally-renowned poet Anzhelina Polonskaya (joining via Skype) was born in Moscow. In 2015, her family received death threats after returning to Moscow following studies in Germany. She is currently seeking refuge in Frankfurt through the Cities of Refuge Programme. Anzhelina Polonskaya will Skype into the session, sharing her poetry and talking about her challenges creating while under threat from Russian Nationals.



Jacob Bacharach is the author of the The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates and The Bend of the World as well as the forthcoming A Cool Customer: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. His writing has appeared in the New RepublicHa’aretz, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lives and works in Pittsburgh.



Philip Terman’s most recent books of poetry are Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press) and Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Through Another Window, a hand-sewn collaboration with an artist and bookbinder. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Ninawa Press.  His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Georgia Review, The Bloomsburg Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. He teaches at Clarion University, is co-director of The Chautauqua Writers Festival, and directs the Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA.  His poetry can be found on the sculptor James Simon’s mosaic, “Musicians,” at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. He performs his poetry with the jazz band, The Barkeyville Triangle.

Event Details

October 11, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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