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.
The seven-county Pittsburgh region lost 8,972 people between 2015 and 2016 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the second worst decline in numbers among 382 metro areas measured, with Allegheny County losing each of the last three years by successively higher amounts. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald questions the methodology taken from 2010 Census and IRS forms to calculate births, deaths and relocations. He believes estimates contradict reality citing the region's home values increasing, over $3 billion in new construction annually, and broad labor shortages all pointing to population growth.
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