As the leaves turn red and golden this October and a beautiful autumn begins in the Allegheny River valley, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents its third annual October Classical Music Festival. The first two festivals featured the music of a single artist, the first year in 2009, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and in 2010, Ludwig Van Beethoven. This year in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber players the theme has been expanded to feature the composers of a particular country. For 2011 it is Germany.
This seems appropriate, for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has just returned from a triumphant tour. They played twelve sold out concerts in the music capitals of Europe including Paris, London, Vienna, and performances in Lithuania, and Lucerne, Switzerland. Their final concert after Bonn Germany was at Musikfest Berlin. The Berlin concert took on special significance for it was a commemorative concert on September 11th.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck said they are humbled to be part of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks:
The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has a very serious meaning for all the people of the world. For the people of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, it has a special significance, as one of the four attacking planes was brought down by its passengers in a field not far from Pittsburgh. These brave passengers sacrificed their lives so that others would not die. To them and to all of the victims of 9/11 the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra dedicates this worldwide streaming of Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 from the Berlin Philharmonie.
The Chamber Players returned from their tour along the rivers of Europe inspired to bring sublime music to Foxburg along the Allegheny. The Festival Grand Concert will be Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM in the acoustically refined Lincoln Hall. The program will include Franz Scubert’s String Trio in B-flat, Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet in D major, and Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor. This promises to be the premier music event of the fall season.
In addition ARCA will bring the October Classical MusicFest to the Allegheny Clarion Valley School District schools with companion classical music enrichment programs on October 19 and 21st. Grand Concert tickets are adults $20.00 and students $10.00. Tickets can be reserved by calling 412-867-1816.
Also ARCA reminds the Allegheny Clarion community of two events in November, an Art Opening and Reception at the Red Brick Gallery Saturday, November 5th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and Poetry and Jazz at Lincoln Hall Sunday, November 6th, at 2:00 PM. Visit www.alleghenyriverstone.org for more information and December events.