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The Pittsburgh Symphony introduces us to composer Conrad Tao, June 2020

Conrad Tao, composer and pianist
Conrad Tao, composer and pianist

American composer, pianist and former violinist Conrad Tao's composition Pángwill be heard on the June 16th broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony, just days after the composer's 26th birthday.  After receiving early recognition as a child, by his teens he was already earning praise for his recitals, concerts and compositions, earning him a place on the PBS program From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to write an orchestra work to observe the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy. 

6/2        Beethoven: Fidelio (Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; Matthew Mehaffey, dir; Manfred Honeck, cond)

6/9        Elgar: Cockaigne Overture Sibelius: Violin Concerto Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe – Suites No. 1 and 2 (Ray Chen, v; Vasily Petrenko, cond)

6/16      Tao:  PángGershwin: Piano Concerto Strauss: Symphonia Domestica (Conrad Tao, p; Leonard Slatkin, cond)

6/23      Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (Jukka-Pekka Saraste, cond)

6/30      Glazunov: Valse de Concert No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 (Baiba Skride, v; Juraj Valcuha, cond)