Events

Jan
25
Sat
Concert Series: Nathan Lee, piano @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Jan 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each)

At the age of 15, Nathan Lee won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as fourteen special prizes. Lee, of Seattle, began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. His engagements this season include his Kennedy Center debut on the 39th Young Concert Artists Series in Washington, DC, recitals at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center, Rockefeller University, on the Harriman-Jewell Series (MO), at the Port Washington Library, and as soloist with the Seattle Symphony in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5.

Lee participated in Musicfest Perugia in Italy and the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. He has already been heard with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s From the Top, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and he shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang on the Seattle Symphony’s Gala Evening. He has given recitals in Korea, for Radio France, and in Perugia, Italy where, to a sold-out audience, he performed in a “Three Generations Concert” featuring his instructor Sasha Starcevich, pianist and his instructor Ilana Vered, pianist.

Feb
15
Sat
Concert Series: Pennsylvania Pipes! @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pennsylvania Pipes! Three Pennsylvanian
Organists in Concert:

Donald Fellows, J. Christopher Pardini, Wesley Parrott

Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each)

Donald K. Fellows, a native of Glen Cove, New York, is organist and director of music of Saint Paul Cathedral and faculty member of the Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh providing organ instruction. He is past chair of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, an organization in which he has been active since 1984. He is a former dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a former director of that organization’s Organ Artists Series. He earned the bachelor of music degree and master of music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1980 and 1987, respectively.  He pursued further studies in Cambridge, England in 1985 in the Cambridge Choral Studies Institute.

Christopher Pardini maintains an active concert schedule as a concert organist both in the United States and abroad. Serving as organist and director of music at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, Pardini earned the bachelor of music degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was an organ student of Donald McDonald and Eugene Roan. He also earned the master of music degree in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was a student of David Higgs. The first-place winner in the 1998 San Marino Organ Competition, in San Marino, California, Pardini has also studied organ with Kenrick Mervine and Gavin Black, and organ improvisation with Gerre Hancock. In addition, he has studied voice with Paulo Faustini and Tracy Chebra, and choral conducting with James Jordan and Andrew Magill. He is also a lecturer of music at Saint Vincent College.

Wesley Parrott currently serves as organist at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and as liturgical musician at Saint Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia. He is also a regular assistant organist performing on the Macy’s Grand Court Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia.He holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia; The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York; and has been the winner of three U.S. national organ competitions. He has performed in such places as Longwood Gardens; Ocean Grove, New Jersey; The Kennedy Center; Washington National Cathedral; The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; Chartres Cathedral, and major churches and Cathedrals in England during choir tours given by The University Choir (The University of the South). His recordings are available through the Organ Historical Society.

Feb
28
Fri
Camerata: All Saints Requiem
Feb 28 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

World premiere performance of

All Saints Requiem by Douglas P. Starr

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Chancel Choir; Schola Cantorum Franciscana; Katy Schackleton Williams, soprano; Valerie Vernon-Thomas, mezzo; Rich Williams, tenor; Daniel Teadt, baritone; Chaz Bowers, organist;

Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., conductor.

7:30 p.m. Friday, February 28

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Lebanon

Off-campus performance: Freewill donation

The Camerata will be joined by the Schola Cantorum Franciscana; Katy Schackleton Williams, soprano; Valerie Vernon-Thomas, mezzo; Rich Williams, tenor; Daniel Teadt, baritone; Chaz Bowers, organist, in the world premiere of the All Saints Requiem by Douglas P. Starr.

Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., a monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey, has directed the Camerata since 2008. He is visiting assistant professor in charge of the Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he directs the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, and teaches Gregorian Chant, Choral Conducting, Advanced Music Theory, History of Music, Documents of the Church on Sacred Music. Father Stephen holds advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome.

Feb
29
Sat
Camerata: All Saints Requiem @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Feb 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

World premiere performance of

All Saints Requiem by Douglas P. Starr

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Chancel Choir; Schola Cantorum Franciscana; Katy Schackleton Williams, soprano; Valerie Vernon-Thomas, mezzo; Rich Williams, tenor; Daniel Teadt, baritone; Chaz Bowers, organist;

Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., conductor.

The Camerata will be joined by the Schola Cantorum Franciscana; Katy Schackleton Williams, soprano; Valerie Vernon-Thomas, mezzo; Rich Williams, tenor; Daniel Teadt, baritone; Chaz Bowers, organist, in the world premiere of the All Saints Requiem by Douglas P. Starr.

Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., a monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey, has directed the Camerata since 2008. He is visiting assistant professor in charge of the Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he directs the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, and teaches Gregorian Chant, Choral Conducting, Advanced Music Theory, History of Music, Documents of the Church on Sacred Music. Father Stephen holds advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome.

Mar
14
Sat
Concert Series: Chamber Music @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Mar 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

A night of intimate chamber music and conversation
featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians

Christopher Wu, violin; Susanne Park, violin; Andrew Wickesburg, viola; Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each)

Violinist Christopher Wu enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and soloist. Wu joined the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1988, and holds the Nancy & Jeffery Leininger First Violin Chair. An active chamber musician, Wu has played with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, Joshua Bell, and the Muir String Quartet.

Susanne Park joined the PSO’s first violin section in 2006. She studied violin performance with Peter Zazofsky of the Muir String Quartet before joining the San Diego Symphony. She came to Pittsburgh in 1996 and was assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestras until 2001. Park has won numerous violin competitions, including grand prize at the Mid-America Violin Competion.

Violist Andrew Wickesberg has been a member of the PSO since 2007-08. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he earned his bachelor of music in viola and violin in 2003 from Indiana University and a master of music in viola performance from New England Conservatory. Prior to joining the PSO, Wickesberg held a position with the New World Symphony.

Anne Martindale Williams has been principal cellist of the PSO since 1979. She has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She was soloist with the PSO in the Pittsburgh premier of The Giving Tree conducted by the composer, Lorin Maazel. She also teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, and performs throughout the world.