Glimpses of Eternity: Music as a Window through Time

Following a trend of avian-inspired works, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra just this weekend presented Stravinsky’s famous and mythical Firebird Suite (1919 version) as well as Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra (1972). Rautavaara’s work features recordings of the avian wildlife of the Arctic Circle juxtaposed with the lugubrious sonorities of the orchestra,… Continue reading Glimpses of Eternity: Music as a Window through Time

The Big Picture

Saturday night was symphony night! The best part about living in the environs of downtown Pittsburgh is the proximity to Heinz Hall, home of the truly world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Thus, your lucky author regularly finds himself taking the fifteen-minute stroll along Fifth Avenue and presenting his ticket for the Star Trek phasers stationed at the… Continue reading The Big Picture

The Bluff Stops Here

To start off the new year with a great performance, I attended the penultimate concert of David Allen Wehr’s Beethoven on the Bluff chamber music series at Duquesne University. As a student of the Mary Pappert School of Music, my commute to the event required two flights… …of stairs from practice room to PNC Recital Hall.… Continue reading The Bluff Stops Here