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.
James Damore a software engineer was fired from Google last week accused of perpetuating gender stereotypes in an essay he authored on company diversity. His memo received backing from members of Alt-Right groups who believe his First Amendment rights to free speech was violated and were planning protests outside Google offices in nine cities on Saturday including Pittsburgh, but were canceled. March organizers claimed they had received credible terrorist threats from known Alt-Left groups and were concerned for the safety of their march participants in wake of the Charlottesville violence.
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