Friday, March 31, 2017
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Pictures at an Exhibition
Currently artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Shanghai Symphony and artistic director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, distinguished Chinese conductor Long Yu makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with Pictures at an Exhibition. Mussorgsky’s showpiece for piano, later orchestrated by Ravel, vividly depicts 10 paintings by Mussorgsky’s friend Viktor Hartmann. Principal viola Randolph Kelly takes center stage for Paganini’s virtuosic Sonata per la Grand Viola, which was given its Pittsburgh premiere by Kelly.
Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive end T.J. Watt with the 30th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. He comes with certain pedigree as his two older brothers J.J. and Derek already playing in the NFL. However the 6-foot-4, 252-pound Watt started just one season at Wisconsin but picked up 11-1/2 sacks last year. This is the fourth time in five years the Steelers picked someone for linebacker in the first round.
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