Sunday, April 02, 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.
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants an audit review of the state's $10 million funding for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer. The money was intended to be spent on event expenses including the venue license and construction costs. However year-end reports filed with the Federal Election Commission reveal a $4 million surplus from public and private money raised, while showing the convention's host committee paying out nearly $1 million in bonuses for staff members and awarding grants for Philadelphia schools and nonprofits.
Should the U.S. withdraw from NATO if other members refuse to commit more to their common defense?