Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pick of the Week - Bach Choir to Perform "Smoke and Steel" at Historic Carrie Furnace



To close its 81st concert season, the Bach Choir presents a newly commissioned choral work entitled Smoke and Steel. Written by CMU composer and Pittsburgh native Nancy Galbraith, and based on a striking poem by Carl Sandburg, the piece celebrates the history of steel manufacturing in Pittsburgh.

These performances will be presented at the Carrie Furnace historic site in Braddock, P\a.
Written for chorus, orchestra and bass-baritone soloist, Smoke and Steel explores the rigors of working in the mills and also paints a vivid history of the process and the trials of the job.

Renowned bass-baritone Kevin Glavin is the featured soloist and he, like the composer, is a local product with deep roots in the steel industry via his father and grandfather. The performances will also feature a terrific graphic montage of early-industrial Pittsburgh drawings and paintings from the collection of local historian Bruce Wolf.

About this production of Smoke and Steel, Maestro Thomas Douglas says:
“It has taken over two years to bring this project to fruition and we are very excited. The opportunity to celebrate the steel workers who built this city has been a dream of mine for some time. Collaborating with my friend and colleague Nancy Galbraith has been a delight, and her choice of the brilliant Carl Sandburg poem really speaks to the ethic and effort of those who came before. Their muscle, brains and blood make it possible for those of us who now work in Pittsburgh to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

When asked about her involvement in the project composer Nancy Galbraith said,
“When Thomas approached me about composing a work for the Bach Choir I was intrigued, but wanted to learn more. Now, having spent some months unearthing stories and information about the industry in which my own grandfather toiled, I am pleased with the product that honors and commemorates the workers and their families. The opportunity to see the work presented at the Carrie Furnace site is a wonderful tribute to the many who built this city, and, indeed, much of our nation.”

 Join the Bach Choir for the world premiere performances of this exciting entry to the Choral music canon, and enjoy it in the perfect venue – Carrie Furnace in Braddock – where history was made then, and will be again at the end of April.

Performances at Carrie Furnace historic site, Carrie Furnace Blvd, Swissvale, PA 15120 - Saturday, April 30th @ 4:00pm and Sunday, May 1st @ 4:00pm.
Concert information:
Who: The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
Thomas W. Douglas, Artistic Director
What: Smoke and Steel – world premiere
Nancy Galbraith, Composer
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Carrie Furnace historic site
Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Swissvale, PA 15120
Tickets are available in advance at Showclix or at 1-888-718-4253
And at the door on the day of performance.
Prices range from $9.95-$30.00
More info at www.BachChoirPgh.org

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