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Pittsburgh Philharmonic May Concert Features ‘Stories’

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The May 15 and 16 concerts of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic feature the orchestra performing a selection of some of the greatest works of Verdi, Bizet, Liszt, and Wagner. Leading off the final program of the orchestra’s regular season will be Verdi’s “Nabucco Overture,” one of the most beloved in all of opera. Following that will be “Carmen Suite” #1” by Bizet, highlighting music from some of the opera’s most famous passages. The May program’s Prelude to Act I of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger” is an excellent example of what makes every Wagner opera overture a dramatic and magnificent concert piece. And Liszt’s “Les Preludes” may be the Hungarian composer’s most recognized symphonic poem.

Also on the May program, “A Story To Tell,” will be a selection of songs from the ever popular musical “Oklahoma,” the first collaboration of Rogers & Hammerstein and thought by many critics to be the musical that set the standard for musicals still followed by today’s theater.

The Friday May 15 performance will be at Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater. Tickets are available online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BCCC/, or by calling 724-284-8505. Tickets also are available at the door. Student and senior citizen discounts are available, as are group rates. Curtain time is 8 p.m.

The May 16 concert, Saturday, will be held at the Hampton Middle School in the North Hills. The school is located off of Wildwood Road Ext near where it intersects with Route 8 North. Tickets are available at the door or at http://pghphil.org/tickets/ and are $12.00 for general admission, $8.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for students. Children under 12 are free. To inquire about group rates call 412-223-7501. Curtain time is 7 p.m.

Now in its 40th season, The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Approximately 70 musicians from throughout the tri-state area, ranging in age from 15 to 80, perform great works of classical music at various venues in the region. Members of the orchestra include business executives, retirees, students, teachers, and other professionals, some who have been performing with the Philharmonic for over 20 years, several who teach or play music professionally, and some who have advanced music degrees.

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