Thursday, May 11, 2017

Brahms and Don Quixote on Symphony Program Tickets Start at $20

Conductor David Zinman to lead PSO Credit: Priska Ketterer

American conductor David Zinman and the Pittsburgh Symphony join together for Brahms' Third Symphony, which is considered to be the artistic equivalent to Beethoven’s Eroica. It is filled with conflicts and warm resolutions, turbulence, gentle sentiment and a twilight serenity.

Rising cellist Maximilian Hornung makes his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut performing Strauss’ famous tone poem, Don Quixote, which is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless 17th-century novel of honor, chivalry, romance and fantasy. In Strauss’ score, the knight himself, Don Quixote de la Mancha, is personifed by the solo cello. Principal Viola Randolph Kelly also will solo in the finale, in which the Don is ready for death. Strauss reflects the scene in six brief , gentle measures, which convey a mood touchingly similar to that of the final passages of the Brahms Third Symphony.

A pre-concert talk, open to all ticketholders, with Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco will occur on stage one hour before each concert. Student ensembles Ring Pittsburgh and the Youth Chamber Connection Ensemble will perform in the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall one hour before concert start on Friday and Sunday respectively. Both pre-concert presentations are free and open to ticketholders.

Romantic Brahms
Friday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20!

David Zinman, conductor
Maximilian Hornung, cello (debut)
Randolph Kelly, viola

Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Strauss: Don Quixote

Tickets start at $20. Phone 412-392-4900. Students, faculty and staff have access to discounted tickets for the BNY Mellon Grand Classics season. Student tickets start at $15 and faculty and staff tickets start at $20!*

Visit for more info or call 412.392.4819. If your school is not listed, email the Group Sales department at to have your school added.

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