Seasons Archives: Fall 2017

Andrés Cárdenes – Virtuoso Violinist

Andrés CárdenesViolin
Luz ManriquezPiano
Mark your calendars!  Hold the date… and JOIN US for what will be a unforgettable, autumn afternoon of consummate artistry as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly presents internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated virtuoso violinist, Andrés Cárdenes, and pianist Luz Manriquez in concert on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall, Foxburg.

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Andrés Cárdenes has parlayed his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. As a violinist, Andrés has been hailed for “the kind of mastery, virtuosity and musical persuasion that should be placed in the company of the great violinists of the 20th century.” El Diario, Santiago, Chile  An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim  from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.  In Helsinki, Finland, Cárdenes nearly blew the ceiling off Finlandia Hall with his fiery interpretation of the Sibelius Concerto. The hall was shaken by the shouting and stamping of feet.” Suomen Silta Magazine

Many in western Pennsylvania will remember Andrés Cárdenes’ twenty-one years as Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, soloing in the orchestra in works such as Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and appearing frequently in concerto performances. Andrés also conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra for eleven seasons and served as a guest conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony for five seasons, before leaving to pursue his solo, chamber music and conducting career internationally.  As an acclaimed chamber music player, Andrés Cárdenes has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Christof Eschenbach, Jon Kimura Parker, Andre Previn, Jaime Laredo, Elliot Fisk, Leonard Slatkin, and Joseph Silverstein.  He has been the violinist of the Diaz Trio since 1995 and has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Piano Trio since 1991.

You do not want to miss this extraordinary afternoon of memorable performances of master works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev and Cesar Franck… PLUS audience pleasing short works by Fritz Kreisler, arranged by violin greats Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein and Paul Kochansky, featured on his CD, “It’s Quiet Here:  Little Gems for the Violin” on the Arabesque label.   Andrés Cárdenes is one of the most celebrated and accomplished classical artists to perform for ARCA’s appreciative audience in Lincoln Hall.

Tickets are Adults $30, ARCA Members $25, and Students $5.  After the concert, the audience is invited to a Meet the Artist reception at the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg for the opening of the exhibit of Pittsburgh-based pastel landscape artist, Diane Grguras.

Virtuoso Violinist – Andrés Cárdenes
With Pianist, Luz Manriquez

Johannes Brahms
                           Scherzo in C minor from F-A-E Sonata

Ludwig van Beethoven                 Sonata #5 in F major, Op 24

Sergei Prokofiev                              Five Mélodies, Opus 35


César Franck                                      Sonata in A Major

Fritz Kreisler                                     Arrangements by Heifetz, Milstein, Kochanski

Andrés Cárdenes

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.  He has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti.  Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011. The complete Sonatas by both Hindemith and Brahms, along with the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos and the complete Schubert Sonatinas and Fantasie are to be released on Artek in the summer and fall of 2016. Plans to record the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Ian Hobson are slated for 2015/16. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Albany, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 70 works by American, Turkish and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Mike Garson, Erberk Eriylmaz, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.

Mr. Cárdenes has thrice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 joined the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the Mexican Red Cross and the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai.  He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center and the 2013 Chesed-Kindness Award from the Chabad Foundation for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.

As an acclaimed chamber music player, Andrés Cárdenes has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Christof Eschenbach, Jon Kimura Parker, Andre Previn, Jaime Laredo, Elliot Fisk, Leonard Slatkin, and Joseph Silverstein. Ensembles include Lincoln Center Chamber Players, Miami String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Miro Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Amernet Quartet, Ying Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.  He has been the violinist of the Diaz Trio since 1995 and has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Piano Trio since 1991.

Among his many distinctions are a Grammy nomination in 1991 for his recording of the Tchaikovsky and Arensky Piano Trios with Mona Golabek and Jeffrey Solow.

From 2008-14, Cárdenes was Music Director of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where Cárdenes also served as conductor of the Strings Festival Orchestra.

A consummate musician, powerful presence and master programmer, Andrés Cárdenes has established himself as a conductor possessing all the essentials of a modern maestro.  His innovative programming and compelling performances have earned him high praise from audiences, critics and colleagues alike.  Former Music Director of Strings Festival Orchestra (CO) from 2009-14, the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, and former Music Director and Leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra from 1999-2010, Cárdenes has drawn audiences to the concert hall for a vast array of aural experiences.  A champion of living composers and the music of our time, Cárdenes’s formula for presenting diverse genres of music has been met with great enthusiasm.

Mr. Cárdenes began formal conducting studies at age 15 with Thor Johnson, former Music Director of Cincinnati Symphony.  Entering Indiana University to study with the legendary Josef Gingold, Cárdenes continued his education under the tutelage of Bryan Balkwill, former conductor at Covent Garden.  After winning top prizes at numerous international violin competitions, Cárdenes accepted concertmaster positions with the San Diego, Utah and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, remaining in those capacities for 25 years and apprenticing under the great maestros of today. Counted among his mentors are Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis and David Zinman.

In 1999, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra was created for Andrés Cárdenes to highlight his multiple talents as conductor, violinist, violist and leader. The Chamber Orchestra enjoyed a remarkable eleven seasons, premiering 15 works and presenting dozens of rarely heard pieces by well-known composers.

In 2006, the Pittsburgh Symphony signed Mr. Cárdenes to a five-year contract to conduct the orchestra in subscription concerts each year.  His programming featured works by Poulenc, Hindemith and Debussy that were either Pittsburgh premieres or had not been performed in over 50 years.  Stepping in suddenly for an ailing Robert Spano, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review headlined “Cárdenes conducts with epic mastery”.

In addition to his frequent appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mr. Cárdenes has conducted orchestras across the globe: Munich Radio Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Fundacíon Beethoven Philharmonic (Santiago, Chile), OFUNAM Orchestra of Mexico City, Sinfonica de Venezuela, National Repertory Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Cleveland Institute Philharmonic and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen in Germany.  He has collaborated with soloists such as Midori, Sarah Chang, Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Gary Hoffman, Jon Kimura Parker, Ian Hobson, Gabriela Montero, Christopher O’Riley, David Deveau, Chee-Yun, Michelle deYoung and Lars Vogt.

Maestro Cárdenes is currently Music Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic.

Luz Manriquez

Luz Manriquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Musica. Upon graduation, she continued advanced studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and Maria Iris Radrigan at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manriquez was appointed in 1992 to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music and since 2012 she is co-director of Collaborative Piano.

Luz Manriquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. Ms. Manriquez has performed with Nuance Music Ensemble conducted by former PSO Concert Master Andrés Cárdenes, as well as with the Chamber Music Project Ensemble at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since its creation in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Luz has been a regular guest of the PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival).

Ms. Manriquez was the pianist in It’s Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and in Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers Reza Vali, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Luz Manriquez appears in recordings of oboe and piano music with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D’Almeida and with flutist Alberto Almarza in Atacama by American composer Nancy Galbraith. In 2015 and 2016 two recordings with cellist Aaron Zelkowicz were released: Chamber Music of Joachim Stutchewsky and Leo Zeitlin: Yiddish Songs, Chamber Music and Declamations, both on Toccata Classics.

In October 2002, Ms. Manriquez participated in the George Crumb Festival in Pittsburgh and recorded Music for a Summer Evening for two pianos and percussions conducted by Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo which was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d’Or Prize in France in 2008. As a pedagogue, Ms. Manriquez also teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music. Regularly her students are winners in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Music Hall, New York and at the United Nations. In May 2016 she was invited to give master classes at Yonsei University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea.

One of Chile’s most distinguished musicians, Luz Manriquez has appeared as soloist, recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her artistry, combined with an innate musical sensitivity to others, has made Ms. Manriquez much sought after as chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has been a featured soloist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds and performs frequently with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In April 2003, Luz Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert.


Debussy & Schubert on the Allegheny

David Allen WehrPianist
Lorna McGheeFlute
Jennifer SteeleFlute
Marylene Gingras-RoyViola
Gretchen Van HoesenHarp
Jeffrey TurnerBass
Katherine SorokaMezzo Soprano

Join us for an Early Autumn Afternoon of  “Debussy and Schubert on the Allegheny” on Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly opens its 2017 Fall Season with a chamber music program of gorgeous melodies and lush, impressionistic tone paintings performed by pianist David Allen Wehr and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra:  Principal Flute Lorna McGhee, Violist Marylene Gingras Roy, Flutist Jennifer Steele, Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner, and Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen plus Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Soroka. 

This extraordinary program of beloved masterworks is part of the three-year “Schubert on the Bluff” series of concerts, performed to sold out audiences at Duquesne University.  Each season has included a guest composer, with Claude Debussy doing the honors this year. Artistic Director David Allen Wehr, along with five members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata (played by PSO Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner) and Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (which includes Clair de lune, possibly the most popular classical piano piece ever written), alongside the more rarely heard Debussy Trio Sonata (with an ensemble led by PSO Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen) and Schubert’s brilliant and virtuosic Flute Variations on “Trockne Blumen” from “Die Schöne Müllerin”, showcasing PSO Principal Flute Lorna McGhee.  Katherine Soroka will sing the Schubert song prior to its performance.

A favorite of Foxburg audiences, international competition winner, pianist David Allen Wehr will serve as the program host for the concert providing enlightening insights on the music and composers sure to delight and charm the audience.

Tickets are Adults $25, ARCA Members $20 and Students $5.  Call to reserve 724-659-3153 or buy online here.  Immediately following the concert, the audience is invited to meet the artists at a post concert reception in the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop coinciding with the exhibit of artists Julia McCray and Nancy Yergin.

Plan to make a full autumn day of it on the beautiful banks of the Allegheny River – arriving early to walk or bicycle along the Allegheny or have lunch in The Allegheny Grille or Foxburg Pizza, wine tasting at Foxburg Wine Cellars, and gourmet coffee, ice cream and a handmade chocolate dessert at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.

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Schubert on the Bluff – in Foxburg!

This program is part of Duquesne University three-year concert series, Schubert on the Bluff,  featuring works of Franz Schubert, the great Viennese composer of some of the most purely beautiful music ever written. Initially famous in his brief lifetime for his over 600 songs, Schubert made enormously valuable contributions to the chamber music literature, masterpieces full of passionate melodies and rich harmonies.

The third and final season of Schubert on the Bluff concerts will feature guest composer Claude Debussy. Schubert’s gorgeous melodies and emotionally gripping music has captivated audiences for almost two centuries, while Debussy’s lush, Impressionistic tone paintings have placed him among the giants of the 20th century.For the 16th season, Artistic Director David Allen Wehr, holder of the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University, will lead his faculty colleagues, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, in programs of some of the most memorable and moving music ever written.

Program Host – David Allen Wehr

David Allen Wehr’s international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. The resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid and Buenos Aires

It was David’s thirteen seasons touring the United States and Canada for Community concerts as a soloist and in chamber music partnerships that honed his unique ability to make great works of music accessible to the public.  Known for his ability as a “Living Program Note”, David Allen Wehr has a warm personality that welcomes an audience member into the emotion of the music and makes imaginative and simple the intricacies of great works of master composers.  The audience will certainly be charmed by this wonderful program made more enjoyable by the rich program commentary by David Allen Wehr.

Wehr at piano

Debussy and Schubert on the Allegheny
As Duquesne University’s “Schubert on the Bluff” comes to Foxburg

Lorna McGhee, Principal Flute, PSO
*Gretchen Van Hoesen, Principal Harp, PSO
*Jeffrey Turner, Principal Double Bass, PSO
*Jennifer Anne Steele, flute, PSO
*Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola, PSO
*David Allen Wehr, piano

* Duquesne University faculty artists


Schubert: Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Jeffrey Turner, double bass
David Allen Wehr, piano

Debussy: Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915)
Jennifer Anne Steele, flute
Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp

—-  Intermission  —-

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque for Piano
David Allen Wehr, piano

Schubert:  “Trockne Blumen” from “Die Schöne Müllerin”
Katherine Soroka, mezzo soprano
David Allen Wehr, piano

Schubert: Variations on “Trockne Blumen,” D. 802
Lorna McGhee, flute
David Allen Wehr, piano


David Allen Wehr

David Allen WehrDavid Allen Wehr holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at the Mary Pappert School of Music. His international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. The resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid and Buenos Aires. Over 1,000 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts as soloist, pianist with the Sartory Trio, and duo-recital partner with violinist Linda Wang and cellist Zuill Bailey. Wehr has been soloist with the London Symphony, National Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and all the major Spanish and Latin American orchestras.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Wehr grew up in Boise, Idaho, where his parents, graduates of Westminster Choir College, were ministers of music at the Methodist Cathedral of the Rockies. Piano lessons began on his fourth birthday with his mother and continued with his father. Later teachers were Peggy Erwin, Edward Zolas and Sequeira Costa. Wehr studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Taos School of Music, the Dartington Summer Music School in England, and holds degrees from the University of Kansas. He coached extensively with Leon Fleisher, Jorge Bolet and Malcolm Frager. Early in his career, Wehr won the 1975 Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York City, the 1983 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award, and Second Prizes in the 1983 Naumburg International Piano Competition at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the 1986 Kapell Competition at the Kennedy Center.

David Allen Wehr has amassed a large and critically acclaimed discography with Connoisseur Society, Inc., with programs by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Delius, Czerny, Gershwin, Brahms, Griffes, Wagner-Liszt, Dvoř-k and Joe Utterback. The complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle has been released in four double-CD albums. His CDs are available through the Mary Pappert School of Music by calling (412) 396-6082 and at Since 2007, Wehr has served each summer as Principal Keyboard at the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, Massachusetts.

Wehr was first associated with Duquesne from 1991-1994, when the Sartory Trio was chamber ensemble-in-residence, and his current tenure began in 2001, when he was named the first Hillman Distinguished Chair. His previous performance projects here include the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle (2002-2004), Beethoven’s “Dynamic Duos”: the complete violin-piano sonatas with Charles Stegeman, the complete works for cello and piano with Anne Martindale Williams, and the Ninth Symphony in Liszt’s two-piano transcription with Helene Wickett (2004), “Brahms on the Bluff”, (Brahms’ complete instrumental chamber music, 2005-2008), “Musique on the Bluff” (French music, 2008-2010), “Bicentennials on the Bluff” (Chopin and Schumann, 2010), “Dvořák at Duquesne” (2011), and “Budapest on the Bluff” (2012) and “Beethoven on the Bluff” (2013-14) presenting the major piano chamber works of Beethoven.  “Schubert on the Bluff” debuts during the fall of 2015 and the first concert in the series is being brought to Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall on Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 PM.

Lorna McGhee

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Before emigrating to North America in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki’s flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed throughout Europe and North America in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barge Music in New York, the Louvre, Paris and the Schubertsaal of Vienna’s Konzerthaus. McGhee is often featured in chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States and Australia. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, McGhee has released two CDs on Skylark Music: Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp and Canada, New Works for flute and harp. As a member of Trio Verlaine (with Heidi Krutzen, harp and David Harding, viola) McGhee has most recently recorded Fin de Siècle, a CD of music by Debussy and Ravel for Skylark Music. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed six new commissions to date.

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, McGhee has given master classes at universities and conservatoires in the UK, United States and Canada, including the Julliard School, the Royal Academy of Music and the Banff International Centre for the Arts. She is now an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.”

Marylene Gingras-Roy

gingras_roy_maryleneA native of Québec City, Canada, Marylène Gingras-Roy joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season, and in 2004 was promoted to fourth chair. She studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec with Douglas McNabney and François Paradis and graduated in 1993 with unanimous First Prizes in both in viola and chamber music. She was then the recipient of Canada and Québec Arts Councils’ Scholarship Grants, enabling her to attend the Harid Conservatory with Victoria Chiang and the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Karen Tuttle and Joseph DePasquale, where she earned an Artist Diploma in 1997.

Marylène has participated in many festivals, including the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall, the Jerusalem Music Festival, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, where she served as Principal violist, and since 2000 she is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.

Marylène is heard regularly in chamber music concerts and maintains a full teaching schedule at Duquesne University, privately and is the viola coach for the Three Rivers Young People Orchestra. Marylène has also taught at summer music festivals such as: Domaine Forget, Québec, Interharmony Festival in Germany and Advanced Chamber Music Seminar in Pittsburgh.

Katherine Soroka

Katherine Erlandson Soroka

Mezzo soprano Katherine Soroka has become known for her passion for conveying the song text and connecting with audiences. Her singing with the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival was acclaimed as “masterful” and “heroic”, with “heartfelt vocalism” (Post Gazette). Katherine’s 2016 premiere of David Stock’s Solomon Songs with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was hailed for “finding both lush lines and dramatic intensity… commanding the stage””. (TribLive)

A winner of Pittsburgh’s Concert Society Major Auditions, vocal chamber music performances have included a Frick Museum Music For Exhibitions concert with Chatham Baroque and a performance of David Stock’s Three Yiddish Songs with a string quartet of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians in a Chatham University memorial concert. An avid recitalist, recently she has sung an all Mahler recital with Nathan Carterette, a  concert on Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus, and recitals in Kresge Recital Hall, at Allegheny College, in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg,  and in NYC at Cami and Merkin concert halls.

A proponent of new music, Katherine has sung Betty Oliviero’s Juego de Siempre in New York City with Joel Sachs and the Continuum contemporary ensemble and with the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble the world premiere of Rumi Sings of Love by David Stock and Judith Shatin’s Ahkmatova Songs. Other venues include Aspen Music Festival, The Kitchen, Greenwich House, The Juilliard School, Columbia University, and City University of New York performing Chinery Ung and Noel Zahler, among others.

Katherine has sung with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and narrated and sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in “Tiny Tots” and School-time educational concerts.  In 2018 she will sing Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer with the Edgewood Symphony and Klythemnestra in Elektra at Chatham University.  In her early career in NYC, she performed the roles of Cherubino, Romeo, Dido and Cenerentola and in cabaret at Panache and Don’t Tell Mama. She has performed musical theatre in summer stock, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and in 2016 performed the Witch in Into the Woods with the Barrow Civic Theatre.

Jennifer Steele

Described by critics as “thoroughly delightful, with remarkable tone in every register,” Jennifer Steele enjoys a dynamic career as both an orchestral musician for the Pittsburgh Symphony and as a chamber player for several ensembles including the acclaimed Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project at the Andy Warhol Museum. Previous to her appointment as Second Flute by former PSO Music Director Lorin Maazel, Ms. Steele performed for five seasons as Principal Flute with the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. While working towards her bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School, Ms. Steele was afforded the luxury of studying with world-renowned flutists Jeanne Baxtresser and Julius Baker. Ms. Steele has performed numerous recitals in both the United States and Asia and in 1987, was awarded first prize in the first annual Flute Talk magazine competition. In addition to her current position as Second Flute, Ms. Steele has made several appearances as soloist with the PSO.

Outside of performing, Ms. Steele continues to show her dedication to training the next generation of flutists through her past and present associations with Carnegie Mellon, Indiana (Bloomington), and Duquesne universities, as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Early Childhood Pilot Project, as an adjudicator for the National Flute Association, and as a contributing author for Flute Talk magazine.

Jeffrey Turner

TURNER__JEFFREYJeffrey Turner is the Principal Bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University, where he serves as conductor of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. A native of South Carolina, he completed his Bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music, and Master’s in Conducting with Dr. Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.

Before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1987, Mr. Turner was the Principal Bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986, and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the 1986-87 season. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland, and as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years.

Mr. Turner has served in recent years as Artistic Director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. He has served as resident artist for many annual festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, the National Youth Orchestra (USA), the Korsholm Festival (Finland), Indiana University’s Summer Music Festival, and The Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). He is featured as recitalist, clinician, and competition judge at the conventions of The International Society of Bassists.

Gretchen Van Hoesen

Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She presently holds the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. Ms. Van Hoesen gave the New York premiere of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh premiere in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Emmanuel Pahud. Additional appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony have included performances of the Handel Concerto in B flat, Danses Sacré et Profane by Debussy, Concierto Serenata by Joaquin Rodrigo, Rhapsody by Peggy Stuart Coolidge, Noels for Harp by Marcel Tournier and the Concerto for Harp by Rheinhold Gliere. Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. She gave the United States premiere of Suite Concertante for solo harp and orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas. In March 2008 she presented the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. Concert Piece, Op. 65 for Oboe/English horn, Two Harps, and Orchestra by Eugene Goossens will close the orchestra’s subscription season in June 2012.

Ms. Van Hoesen has also performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and the Westmoreland Symphony. She has concertized in the metropolitan New York area at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Museum, and has presented concertos at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Ms.Van Hoesen was winner of the 1978 Passamaneck Competition. Gretchen Van Hoesen was selected to perform in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, in the Super World Orchestra 2000, an orchestra made up of key musicians from around the globe. She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences in Boston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Denton, Washington, D.C. and Fredonia. Ms.Van Hoesen has served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and has been past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School of Music earning both B.M. and M.M. degrees in harp as a scholarship student of Marcel Grandjany and Susann McDonald. She is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department with highest honors in piano and harp, where she was a student of Eileen Malone. She further studied with Gloria Agostini.

Her recordings include Lullabies and Night Songs on the Caedmon label, Pavanes, Pastorales, and Serenades for Oboe and Harp, and Concertos for Harp, CD’s on the Boston Records label, and Breath of Heaven, A Christmas Collection with Soprano Sarah Botkin and a work by Bernard Andres with Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoonist with the NY Philharmonic.

Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and combines teaching there with private students at her home in Pittsburgh. She has given master classes at Duquesne University, the Eastman School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Illinois, the Aspen Music Festival, the National University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea, and has been an artist-lecturer on numerous series in Pittsburgh as well as throughout the country. She was a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2001-2006. She is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society. Her students have won numerous national awards and prizes.


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