Monday, May 1, 2017

Conductor Robert Page Credit: Courtesy Photo


Robert Page, director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away in August 2016, leaving a hole in the musical fabric of Pittsburgh. On May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will join together with Page’s family in a free musical celebration of his life and work.

Robert Page led the Mendelssohn Choir for 26 years. He was a legendary choral conductor, arranger and musician, who transformed the choral field.

“Robert Page’s musical legacy is incredibly far-reaching, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra family was so fortunate to experience his greatness and his passion in countless ways through the years,” said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will include pieces written and arranged by or just loved by Page, including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” selections from Porgy & Bess and “There’s a City Called Heaven.” It will be hosted by WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham and feature Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco, Mendelssohn Choir Director Matthew Mehaffey, Junior Mendelssohn Choir Director Christine Jordanoff, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale Director Christine Hestwood, former Mendelssohn Choir Directors Maria Sensi Sellner and Andrew Clark, Broadway actor and tenor (and Robert Page’s grandson) Alexander Gemignani, pianists Mark Carver and Joy Crummie, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

The concert is free, but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 412-392-4900, online at pittsburghsymphony.org (a small service fee will apply) or in person at the Heinz Hall Box Office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.

Heinz Hall
Love That’s Here to Stay: A Tribute to Robert Page
ANDRES FRANCO, conductor
MATTHEW MEHAFFEY, conductor
CHRISTINE JORDANOFF, conductor
CHRISTINE HESTWOOD, conductor
MARIA SENSI SELLNER, conductor
ANDREW CLARK, conductor
ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI, conductor
THE MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Matthew Mehaffey, director)
JUNIOR MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Christine Jordanoff, director)
MARK CARVER, piano
JOY CRUMMIE, piano
JIM CUNNINGHAM, host

The Program
Carl Orff                              "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana
Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Mr. Franco, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn           "He, Watching Over Israel" from Elijah, Opus 70
Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Mr. Mehaffey, conductor
Robert Page                       There’s a City Called Heaven
Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Ms. Jordanoff, conductor
Stephen Sondheim            “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along
(arranged by Page)                         Ms. Hestwood, conductor
Mr. Carver, piano
Irving Berlin                      What’ll I do?
(arranged by Page)                         Ms. Sensi Sellner, conductor
Cole Porter                        “It’s De-lovely” from Red, Hot and Blue
(arranged by Page)                         Mr. Clark, conductor
Ms. Crummie, piano
George Gershwin              Selections from Porgy and Bess
(arranged by Bennett)                   Mr. Franco, conductor
George Gershwin              Love Is Here To Stay
(arranged by Page)                         Mr. Gemignani, conductor
(orchestrated by Gedris)
Leonard Bernstein            "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide
(choral arranged by Page)             Mr. Mehaffey, conductor
Marvin Hamlisch               The Way We Were
(choral arranged by Page)             Mr. Franco, conductor
Ludwig Van Beethoven    “Ode to Joy,” Finale from Symphony No. 9
Mr. Franco, conductor

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