Concerts and Tickets


Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Sergei Prokofiev – Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Keiko Abe – Prism Rhapsody – with marimba soloist Sophie Lauver, winner of PYSO’s Concerto Competition
Bizet – March of the Toreadors from Carmen, conducted by Mitchell Dubin, winner of PYSO’s Condcuting Competition
Arturo Marquez – Danzon No. 2 – with PYSO Alumni Side-by-Side

Prism Rhapsody featured soloist Sophie Lauver on 5-octave marimba.  A senior at Mt. Lebanon High School, Lauver was the winner of Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Concerto Competition held in January.  Composer Abe’s works are known to spotlight the marimba, as Abe herself is credited with significantly expanding the repertoire and technique of the instrument over the last fifty years. 

March of the Toreadors from Carmen was conducted by Mitchell Dubin, winner of PYSO’s Conducting Competition. Mitchell is a junior at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) and has played bassoon with PYSO for two years.

Alumni of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra joined current orchestra members for a side-by-side performance of Márquez’s Danzón No. 2.  Presented in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Danzón No. 2 has become one of the most popularly performed pieces of Mexican contemporary classical music since its premiere by the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in 1994.

Maestro Lee had combined movements from both Suite 1 and Suite 2 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet to include Montagues and Capulets, The Child Juliet, Minuet, Masks, Romeo and Juliet, and Death of Tybalt.


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