Sunday, June 11, 2017

WSO to Perform Willa Cather's Iron City Music”


For the first time, the Washington Symphony Orchestra will perform at
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. “Willa Cather's Iron City Music” on
Thursday, June 15 is free and open to the public, but tickets are
required for admission.

The concert is being offered in conjunction with the 16th International
Willa Cather Seminar, June 11-17, 2017.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather lived in Pittsburgh from 1896
to 1906. She is best known for her “pioneer” novels, My Antonia, O
Pioneers!, and The Song of the Lark, but her output also included short
stories, newspaper columns and reviews, and a total of 12 novels.

"We are thrilled to play wonderful repertoire that Willa Cather enjoyed
and wrote about during her stay in Pittsburgh,” said WSO Music Director
Yugo Ikach.  “To sit in Carnegie Hall, close one's eyes and be
transported back in time to 1905 is a sublime treat for one’s senses and
imagination."

Cather reviewed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances in the same
hall where the WSO will play on June 15. The program will consist of
pieces that Cather may have heard at the venue or were featured in her
work in some way.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for those with musical, literary,
and/or historical interests along with those who might simply be curious
to take in a delightful, free concert at the Carnegie Music Hall and
experience firsthand some of the cultural riches of both Cather's
Pittsburgh and the present-day region,” said Dr. Kim Vanderlann, one of
the concert organizers.

Among the eight featured pieces are Mozart’s Overture to The Magic
Flute, Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Funeral March” from Götterdämmerung, and
Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville.

The concert is sponsored by California University of Pennsylvania,
Duquesne University, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Saint Francis
University, Willa Cather Foundation, and Washington Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Brett Vanderlaan at 301-919-1835, or
emailing ironcityconcert@aol.com. Tickets are also available at the
Peters Township Public Library and at Citizens Library in Washington.

For further information about the Willa Cather Foundation, go to
www.willacather.org. For further information about the symphony, visit
www.washsym.org or connect with the WSO on Facebook
(facebook.com/washsymphony) and Twitter (twitter.com/washsymphony).

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