Venues Archives: Allegheny-Clarion Valley Jr.-Sr. High School

Susanne OrtnerClarinet & Soprano Saxophone
John MarcinizynGuitar

Love and Romance will be in the air as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts opens its 2017 season with a Valentine’s Cabaret on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg with the glorious artistry of The Susanne Ortner and John Marcinizyn Duo.  Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating (with beverages by donation) make it the perfect night out with your sweetheart to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.  Cheese and snacks will be served and beverages by donation.

It will be “Love at first Song” as the inspiring music making of clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Susanne Ortner and guitar virtuoso John Marcinizyn enchants you with melodies they love – the romantic and mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, and Brazil and the Gypsy Swing World… music to make your spirits soar and your feet move! And, yes, there will be dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.

Hear Susanne while you still can in this “Farewell Performance”!  Be a part of this musical love-fest and Foxburg’s farewell to Susanne, who is moving to the wonderful musical city of New Orleans – “The Cradle of Jazz” – for grand, new musical adventures, performing with the extraordinary community of jazz musicians there.  Her expressive sound, technical virtuosity, wit and inspired riffing with the consummate guitarist, John Marcinizyn, will transport you and make this a Valentine’s celebration to remember!

Tickets are Adults $30 and Members $25.  Because of cabaret tables, seating is limited.  Buy online here or call to  reserve 724-659-3153.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Susanne Ortner

“Susanne Ortner seems to be capable of everything … Warm, soft tones if necessary, rapid, speedy passages and in addition to this the challenging embellishments, typical for klezmer music, all at breakneck speed and with an almost unbelievable ease.” Donau Zeitung.

Internationally renowned for her artistry and musical versatility, German clarinetist Susanne Ortner has been acclaimed for “her almost unbelievable witchcraft on the clarinet” both as a soloist and member of the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“,  Klez & Morim with the Bulgarian accordionist Vladimir Mollov and with guitarist John Marcinizyn in the Ortner-Marcinizyn Duo.  She also has performed with extraordinary musicians such as pianist Tom Roberts, guitarist Mark Strickland, trumpeter Charlie Caranicas (NYC), drummer Tom Elrick, drummer Roger Humphries (Pittsburgh), as well as multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano (NYC).   Other collaborations have been with accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, and Noah Bendix-Balgley, former Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony – now Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“. Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and the University of Augsburg. She previously taught German literature, language and music.

Susanne is a serious researcher of Eastern European music, and offers Klezmer Workshops. Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 in recent years she has accompanied Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories. Besides master classes and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, she instructed the klezmer band at the Agency for Jewish Learning, was the interim director of the Carpathian Ensemble at The University of Pittsburgh, and has been coaching the CMU/Hillel klezmer band. She has held an adjunct teaching position at Washington & Jefferson College and is the co-founder of the Three Rivers Klezmer Festival.

Susanne has arranged and composed music for many theatrical productions including “Mazel” by Amy Hartman, and “Our Class” by Tadeusz Slobozianek . She appears on several CDs, including “A Trip To America” and “Hot World Chamber Music” (Ortner-Roberts Duo), “A Tribute to Teenie Harris” (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guilde), “Khosn Kale Mazl-Tov” (Sing Your Soul), and has done book and film projects.

She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” (Wissner Verlag Augsburg, 2011), written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.

John Marcinizyn

Pittsburgh based guitarist, composer, banjoist John Marcinizyn performs frequently as a soloist, with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, Ortner-Marcinizyn Duo, contralto Daphne Alderson, Duo Cieli (flute and guitar duo), violin and guitar duo, and groups ranging from The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to Billy Price. He is also a member of The Red Hot Ramblers (Dixieland jazz).

His versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist allows him to perform in many styles including classical, jazz, flamenco, rock, blues, and folk. John has also performed guitar and banjo for many theater companies including Quantum Theatre, where he wrote and performed a flamenco score for The Red Shoes and a Blues score for El Paso Blue. His playing can be heard on eight CDs and one DVD and on his website.

John’s original music compositions have received numerous performances and include a guitar concerto, string quartet, orchestral music, music for theater, and pieces for solo guitar and guitar with mixed ensemble, as well as a number of jazz and rock pieces.

His Sonata for Guitar and Marimba received critical acclaim following its premiere at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition held in Buffalo.  The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds commissioned Song for the Sparrows, in memory of Beth Ann Johnson and Elyse Jeanne Saraceni who were killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103.  IonSound Project premiered his And All Manner of Thing Shall Be Well, for Contralto, Cello and Piano, based upon the writings of Julian of Norwich.

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John wrote and performed the theme music for Excela Health’s (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and health facilities of Westmoreland County) television, radio and web commercials. Recently he toured in South America and the Eastern Caribbean with contralto, Daphne Alderson in programs that varied from chamber music through cabaret.

John holds a Ph. D. in music composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an Artist-Lecturer in guitar and composition at Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hill University.  He also teaches a class on slide guitar techniques at the Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Summer Workshop.

 

 

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra

Francesco Lecce-ChongConductor
Katy Shackleton WilliamsSoprano
PYSOExperience an afternoon of inspiring music making by 100 of the most talented young instrumentalists from the greater Pittsburgh Region, as The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra returns to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 PM.

Their popular program includes the Overture The Mastersingers of Nurenberg by Richard Wagner with its stirring brass and woodwind playing and Dvorak’s famous New World Symphony, conducted by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong.  Acclaimed soprano soloist, Katy Shackleton Williams, joins the orchestra singing Leonard Bernstein’s tour de force virtuosic Glitter and Be Gay as well as beloved and popular opera arias in English by Giacomo Puccini and Johann Strauss.  A-C Valley students and children under 6 FREE – Adults $15 and A-C Valley parents $10.

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present 100 members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Allegheny-Clarion River Valley. We encourage you to bring your family – invite your neighbors – and accompany any young person who loves music and dreams of playing an instrument!

Last year the audience greeted Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony with a rousing standing ovation – and people commented as they were leaving that they wished they’d brought with them ALL the young musicians and students they knew – to be inspired by having a FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA of teenage musicians right here in Foxburg.  Well, now you have the opportunity with this second annual PYSO concert to invite your friends, neighbors and any young music student you know to join you FREE on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 PM.

TICKETS for Adult are $15 – but A-C Valley students and children under 6 are FREE and A-C Valley parents are $10.

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The PYSO Concert Program

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Overture to The Mastersinger of Nurenberg               Richard Wagner

Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus              Johann Strauss

Quando men vo, from La Boheme                                  Giacomo Puccini
Katy Shackleton Williams, Soprano

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticate                           Pietro Mascagni

Glitter and Be Gay from Candide                                    Leonard Bernstein

—  Intermission  —

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor                                            Antonín Dvořák

Adagio – Allegro molto
Largo
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Allegro con fuoco

ABOUT THE CONCERT

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present 100 members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a concert on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 PM in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium. Bring your family – invite your neighbors – and accompany any young person who loves music and dreams of playing an instrument!   Experience an unforgettable and inspiring afternoon of exuberant music making by some of the most talented young musicians in the greater Pittsburgh Region in its second annual performance in the Pennsylvania Wilds, right here in the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley.trombone-section-2015

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the Pittsburgh’s cultural treasures, one of the oldest youth orchestras in the country and one of the most advanced.  Founded in 1945, it cultivates in its members discipline, fine musicianship and an overall appreciation for excellence.  PYSO members bring a sense of amazement and excitement about classical music to diverse audiences-young and old, novice and seasoned.

PYSO will offer AC Valley residents a wonderful varied program under the baton of Music Director, Francesco Lecce-Chong with Soprano soloist, Katy Shackleton Williams.  On the program will be two popular symphonic favorites – the Overture to  Die Meistersinger, written by Richard Wagner and The New World Symphony by  Antonín Dvořák.

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Soprano soloist, Katy Shackleton Williams, known for her performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – and as the host of the PSO’s young people’s Fiddlesticks concerts, will perform Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and Musetta’s waltz, Quando men vo, from La Boheme.  She also will perform the tour de force Glitter and Be Gay  from Leonard Bernstein’s musical Candide.

ARCA is grateful for a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts supporting the concert’s discounted family prices, to encourage attendance by the community and parents and students from the AC Valley Schools.

This rare opportunity is a must for young and old alike. Aspiring students can witness young performers at their best-whether or not they are seeking to choose music as a career.

Bring your entire family to an event that will showcase American youth at their best!

PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLEGHENY-CLARION VALLEY SCHOOLS

A component of ARCA’s mission is to provide educational and cultural experiences for students and children. We accomplish this by bringing performers to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley schools to conduct workshops during the academic day followed by a performance open to the public at very affordable prices in the evening.  ARCA also is committed to presenting inspiring family/community concerts at deeply discounted prices to encourage parents and students in the AC Valley Schools to attend.   We are grateful to the Board, Superintendent, Principals, Faculty, and music teachers in the A-C Valley School district for their vision in supporting cultural experiences that enhance the work A-C Valley’s Music Faculty and for providing a venue for students, their families and the public to enjoy performances they otherwise might not have a chance to attend.

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DSF4847dThe PYSO is composed of talented young musicians from high-school to college ages who are selected by rigorous audition. Their talent pool draws aspiring performers from Pittsburgh, surrounding counties and from as far away as West Virginia and Ohio. By arrangement with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the conductor is always one of the Assistant Conductors of the PSO, in this instance, Francesco Lecce-Chong, PSO Resident Conductor.  Also, the members of PYSO are coached by members of the PSO.

Through their impressive performances, dedication and commitment they also serve as role models for aspiring younger musicians and students.  Through their demanding tours in the U.S. and internationally, they have become outstanding cultural ambassadors of the Pittsburgh region, Pennsylvania and the Untied States.

slide8-H-Ishizaki-R-Navid-1Many PYSO alumni have won positions in major symphony orchestras at home and abroad, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and our own Pittsburgh Symphony.  Other have gone on to very successful solo and chamber music careers, as well as important teaching positions at colleges, universities, public and private schools and private studios.  Those who do have not chosen careers in music will undoubtedly cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts and become the audience of the future.

Founded in 1945 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities and the finest orchestral training of young musicians in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, it is one of the finest youth orchestras in the country. These 90 players gather each week at Heinz Hall to rehearse from September through May.

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Their concerts are held at prestigious locations such as Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and they perform outreach concerts in various venues. They are broadcast regularly on Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM, 89.3.Such is the reputation of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for excellence that they have won awards in national and international competitions and were selected as one of the top six youth orchestras in the United States to participate in the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival.

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Their last international tour took the group to the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia in 2014.  They performed in Italy at the Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in 2011 and in China in 2008. During a European Tour in 2005, PYSO was selected as the first American orchestra and the first youth orchestra to ever perform at the prestigious Smetana Festival in the Czech Republic.  Also during that trip, they were the first and only youth orchestra to perform at the renowned Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Francesco Lecce-Chong

FRANCESCO LECCE-CHONG

American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world including engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. With the start of the 2015-2016 season, he begins his new position as assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after serving four years as associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO). He will return to the MSO throughout the season for several guest engagements and will make his opera debut with the Florentine Opera. He also will continue as associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has also been featured in master classes with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson and Christopher Seaman, while working with the St. Louis Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich.

As a trained pianist and composer, Lecce-Chong embraces innovative programming, champions the work of new composers and supports arts education. While working with the MSO, he curated and presented the works of both active and lesser-known composers, including two works commissioned by the orchestra, as well as two U.S. premieres. He also helped create the first MSO Composer Institute, providing performance opportunities for young American composers. Lecce-Chong has complemented his programming with a strong commitment to arts education for all ages. In Milwaukee, he provided artistic leadership for the MSO’s nationally lauded Arts in Community Education program — one of the largest arts integration programs in the country — and he continues to be a frequent guest speaker for arts organizations around the country.

Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting. Lecce-Chong also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors, including Edo de Waart and Donald Runnicles, with whom he continues to maintain a close working relationship.

 

KATY SHACKLETON WILLIAMS

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Katy Shackleton Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.

Ms. Williams was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her PSO Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for the Fiddlesticks (which she loves) and Tiny Tots Children’s Concerts hosted by the PSO. She has many times toured with the River City Brass Band as a featured soloist and has recently performed in the chorus for CLO’s production of The Student Prince.

She has enjoyed solo performing with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in Scranton, PA with PSO’s own Lawrence Loh, as well as Undercroft Opera, Edgewood Symphony, Pittsburgh Philharmonic, St. Vincent College Singers and Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC. She also had the honor of singing at the dedication of the Fred Rogers building at St. Vincent’s College with acclaimed songwriter/pianist Michael Moricz.

Operatic roles include ‘Adina’ in Elixir of Love, ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice and ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro. Notable solo engagements include Theofanidis- The Here and Now, Vaughan Williams- Dona Nobis Pacem, Handel- Messiah, Bach- St. John’s Passion, Barber- Prayers of Kirkegaard and Honegger- King David. She has sung under the baton of Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Robert Page, Marvin Hamlisch, Lawrence Loh, and Daniel Meyer.

Williams was praised in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s, Best Classical Performances of 2009, for her singing in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the PSO. She has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Encenas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colon under the Naxos label.

Currently, she is a member of the professional core for the Mendelssohn Choir, chorister in Pittsburgh Opera and is adjunct music staff at Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt Lebanon. Williams is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.

 

 

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra

Lawrence LohConductor
Lorna McGheeFlute
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Experience an afternoon of inspiring music making by eighty of the most talented young musicians in the greater Pittsburgh Region – The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra – in its first performance in the Pennsylvania Wilds at the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium – conducted by Lawrence Loh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, Lorna McGhee.

The PYSO Concert Program

Appalachian Spring Suite                                                  Aaron Copland

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39                      Lowell Liebermann
Lorna McGhee, Flute Soloist

Moderato
Molto Adagio
Presto

—  Intermission  —

Symphony No. 4 in F Minor                                              Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Andante Sostenuto
Andantino in modo di canzone
Scherzo; Pizzicato ostinato; Allegro
Finale: Allegro con fuoco

ABOUT THE CONCERT

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present the eighty member Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a concert on Saturday, November 8 at 4:00 PM in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium. Bring your family – invite your neighbors – and accompany any young person who loves music and dreams of playing an instrument!   Experience an unforgettable and inspiring afternoon of exuberant music making by eighty of the most talented young musicians in the greater Pittsburgh Region in its first performance in the Pennsylvania Wilds, right here in the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the Pittsburgh’s cultural treasures, one of the oldest youth orchestras in the country and one of the most advanced.  Founded in 1945, it cultivates in its members discipline, fine musicianship and an overall appreciation for excellence.  PYSO members bring a sense of amazement and excitement about classical music to diverse audiences-young and old, novice and seasoned.

PYSO will offer AC Valley residents a wonderful varied program under the baton of Music Director, Lawrence Loh.  Opening the program will be Appalachian Spring Suite, written by the American composer Aaron Copland for the ballet Appalachian Spring, celebrating the 19th century building of a Pennsylvania farmhouse.  The ballet was commissioned by the famous American choreographer and dancer, Martha Graham.

Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Lorna McGhee, will display her consummate talents in a flute concerto by Lowell Liebermann. Ms. McGhee, originally from Scotland, has compiled an impressive list of international credentials due to her impeccable technique and musicianship.  The program will conclude with Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s rousing Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.

ARCA is grateful for a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts supporting the concert’s discounted family prices, to encourage attendance by the community and parents and students from the AC Valley Schools.

This rare opportunity is a must for young and old alike. Aspiring students can witness young performers at their best-whether or not they are seeking to choose music as a career.

Bring your entire family to an event that will showcase American youth at their best!

PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLEGHENY-CLARION VALLEY SCHOOLS

A component of ARCA’s mission is to provide educational and cultural experiences for students and children. We accomplish this by bringing performers to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley schools to conduct workshops during the academic day followed by a performance open to the public at very affordable prices in the evening.  ARCA also is committed to presenting inspiring family/community concerts at deeply discounted prices to encourage parents and students in the AC Valley Schools to attend.   We are grateful to the Board, Superintendent, Principals and Faculty of the school district for their vision in supporting cultural experiences that enhance the work of the Music Faculty and for providing a venue for students, their families and the public to enjoy performances they otherwise might not have a chance to attend.

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DSF4847dThe PYSO is composed of talented young musicians from high-school to college ages who are selected by rigorous audition. Their talent pool draws aspiring performers from Pittsburgh, surrounding counties and from as far away as West Virginia and Ohio. By arrangement with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the conductor is always one of the Assistant Conductors of the PSO, in this instance, Lawrence Loh, PSO Resident Conductor.  Also, the members of PYSO are coached by members of the PSO.

Through their impressive performances, dedication and commitment they also serve as role models for aspiring younger musicians and students.  Through their demanding tours in the U.S. and internationally, they have become outstanding cultural ambassadors of the Pittsburgh region, Pennsylvania and the Untied States.

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Many PYSO alumni have won positions in major symphony orchestras at home and abroad, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and our own Pittsburgh Symphony.  Other have gone on to very successful solo and chamber music careers, as well as important teaching positions at colleges, universities, public and private schools and private studios.  Those who do have not chosen careers in music will undoubtedly cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts and become the audience of the future.

Founded in 1945 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities and the finest orchestral training of young musicians in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, it is one of the finest youth orchestras in the country. These 90 players gather each week at Heinz Hall to rehearse from September through May.

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Their concerts are held at prestigious locations such as Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and they perform outreach concerts in various venues. They are broadcast regularly on Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM, 89.3.Such is the reputation of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for excellence that they have won awards in national and international competitions and were selected as one of the top six youth orchestras in the United States to participate in the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival.

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Their last international tour took the group to the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia in 2014.  They performed in Italy at the Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in 2011 and in China in 2008. During a European Tour in 2005, PYSO was selected as the first American orchestra and the first youth orchestra to ever perform at the prestigious Smetana Festival in the Czech Republic.  Also during that trip, they were the first and only youth orchestra to perform at the renowned Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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LAWRENCE LOH

Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is an engaging conductor of impressive range and talent. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Loh will become the first music director of Symphoria, based in Syracuse NY, founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

As Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh works closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducts a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He is active in the PSO’s Community Engagement and Partnership Concerts, extending the PSO’s reach into other communities. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel’s Messiah in December 2008. Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series where he played the part of host and conductor. In addition to his duties on the podium, he is an audience favorite in the PSO’s Concert Preludes lecture series, edits radio broadcasts, and makes many public appearances. His association with the PSO began as Assistant Conductor in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Conductor in 2006 and to Resident Conductor in 2007.

Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2009, Lawrence Loh leads this world-renowned youth orchestra in concerts at Heinz Hall and throughout the Pittsburgh community. Internationally, he led them on tour to central Europe in the summer of 2014 and Italy in 2011.

Lawrence Loh’s recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Greater Bridgeport Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas and El Paso Symphonies. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee among others.  He has also led Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Las Vegas and Hot Springs, the Kinhaven Music School (VT), the Performing Arts Institute (PA) and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp.

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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.”

 

 

At the conclusion of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach residency, The Music That Makes Us Dance, in the AC Valley Elementary School, on Thursday, September 25 “A Dance Concert for the Whole Family” in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium will present dances from around the world performed by  Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  and dancers Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

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Some of the most joyous, uplifting and effecting music ever written has been created for the dance.  The impulse to move and respond to rhythm is deeply imbedded in our cultural DNA.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is utilizing the universal language of dance to engage students in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools in the wonder of music and the dance – an expression of the impulse of life – and involving their hearts, minds and bodies in learning through the arts.

ARCA is presenting an Educational ArtReach program in partnership with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools called THE MUSIC THAT MAKES US DANCE, bringing musicians and dancers to AC Valley for students K-12 in workshops and assembly concerts  as part of a week long residency.

365568fa1852281bce1750fda6d46170 The residency culminates in a concert for the whole family on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 PM in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium with  Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  – with Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  – with Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective as they perform Waltzes, Polkas and Tangos as well as their own eclectic blend of Gypsy Jazz, Latin, and Klezmer. You’ll be enchanted by the mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, Odessa, Brazil, that will surely get yours toes tapping and heart singing.

This concert is popularly priced with discounts for families.  $15 for Adults, and Parents and Students $5 per person.

The week of Educational ArtReach focus on music and the dance will begin on Monday and Tuesday, September cropped LaurieZ!!22-23, when the Pittsburgh dance educator and early childhood educator, Laurie Tarter, will present two days of movement workshops in the AC Valley Elementary School.  Earlier in the day on September 25, Ortner-Roberts and Marcinizyn will present three small in-school workshops for every student K-6 and as well as assembly concerts for the Elementary and Junior and Senior High Schools.  All performances will feature dancers dancers Renee Danielle Smith and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective as part of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach program.  This program is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Expressive clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Susanne Ortner-Roberts and 2012-12-09 18.49.26guitar virtuoso John Marcinzyn will perform an eclectic blend of Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Klezmer, and more. You’ll be enchanted by the mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, Odessa, Brasil, and other places that will make your soul soar, and your feet move!

In addition to the four dances performed by the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective, during the evening concert the Ortner/Marcinizyn duo also will perform their arrangement of Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler/Django Reinhardt, where “The Joy Of Love” takes on its Gypsy Shoes: The great Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt was inspired by Kreisler’s tune to Jazz it up. In this arrangement the old merges into the new. Tico Tico (Zequinha de Abreu) the famous Choro tune, Tu Vuo Va L’Americano (Italian Gypsy Jazz) and beautiful tunes from the Great American Songbook, such as My Romance (Rodgers/Hart) will round out the program with a flourish and lots of heart.

IMG_3904 - Version 2Ortner and Marcinizyn will be joined by dancers from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective.   Founded in 2011 by Pittsburgh dancers and choreographers, Murphy/Smith Dance Collective’s (MSDC) Renee Danielle Smith and Jamie Murphy engage their audiences through contemporary dance work inspired by the human experience. Through exploration of the expressive potential of the human body, MSDC creates work with passionate fervor, driven by athletic phrasing, accessible through gestural simplicity.  Pittsburgh dancer and choreographer Joe Nickel will be dancing with Renee Danielle Smith in MSDC’s Foxburg performances.

German clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts is internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and as a member of Unknown - Version 3the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“, the Ortner-Roberts Duo with pianist Tom Roberts, and Klez & Morim with the Bulgarian accordionist Vladimir Mollov. She also collaborates with US jazz musicians such as guitarist John Marcinizyn (Pittsburgh), guitarist Mark Strickland (Pittsburgh), trumpeter Charlie Caranicas (NYC), drummer Tom Elrick, drummer Roger Humphries (Pittsburgh), as well as multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano (NYC).

The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“. Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and the University of Augsburg. She previously taught German literature, language and music. Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, she has been accompanying Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories.

Media reviews of Susanne’s playing capture her versatility and consummate artistry: “Susanne Ortner […] enchanted with her almost unbelievable witchcraft on the clarinet“ Aichacher Nachrichten

“Susanne Ortner […] seems to be capable of everything (…) Warm, soft tones if necessary, rapid, speedy passages and in addition to this the challenging embellishments, typical for klezmer music, all at breakneck speed and with an almost unbelievable ease.“ Donau Zeitung.

Unknown-1Pittsburgh based guitarist, composer, banjoist John Marcinizyn performs frequently as a soloist, with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, contralto Daphne Alderson, Duo Cieli (flute and guitar duo), violin and guitar duo, and groups ranging from The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to Billy Price. He is also a member of The Red Hot Ramblers (Dixieland jazz). His versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist allows him to perform in many styles including classical, jazz, flamenco, rock, blues, and folk. John has also performed guitar and banjo for many theater companies including Quantum Theatre, where he wrote and performed a flamenco score for The Red Shoes and a Blues score for El Paso Blue. His playing can be heard on eight CDs and one DVD and on his website.

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