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July 4, 2014IM -
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will perform two concerts as part of the Lanaudière Festival, which takes place near Montreal, in July 2015. The trip will mark PSO’s third appearance at the festival; it most recently performed there in 2012.
The orchestra had previously announced that it would not travel internationally until 2016, in order to focus on balancing its budget. A concert tour within North America, however, will be permitted.
In addition, PSO will perform two concerts in September on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The presenter is interested in American orchestras in post-industrial cities, and the repertoire will reflect music in that vein, including Silent Spring by Steven Stucky and The Elements by five Pittsburgh composers. Pianist Valentina Lisitsa will join the orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Music director Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra on both tours.