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Sun oct 12
7:30 pm

Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic

Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland
4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director
Barry Douglas, guest conductor and piano

$5 General Admission. Tweet Seats available
All students, along with CMU/Pitt faculty and staff, are free w/ valid ID at the door.

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Under the direction of guest conductor Barry Douglas, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will perform Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G Major, Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19, featuring Barry Douglas as soloist, and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian.”

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage while also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Douglas has recently embarked on a monumental recording project with Chandos Records – to record the complete works for solo piano of Brahms within five years. Having developed a wealth of musical experience in his 35-year career, he now feels the time is right to undertake this colossal project. The first disc of works by Brahms was released to critical acclaim in March 2012. The interesting programming of each disc, which has already garnered much critical praise, presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience. March 2014 will also see the release of his first recording of Schubert solo piano works.

Douglas founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 to celebrate and nurture the cream of young Irish talent. The ensemble is made up of musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland and has acquired a reputation for excellence. Camerata Ireland tours regularly throughout Europe, North and South America, and China. In addition to its busy schedule of concerts, the orchestra will perform a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013. He is joint Artistic Director of this project.

Highlights of this season include returns to the London Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra both in Vienna and on tour in the UK, and the Macau Orchestra.  He has previously given concerts with the London Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Russian National, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Hallé, Berlin Radio Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, among others. Douglas regularly plays in recital throughout the world, with upcoming performances in Switzerland, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, the USA, and the UK, including a series of lunchtime recitals at LSO St Luke’s. He also performs the Penderecki Sextet at the 2013 Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in honour of the composer’s 80th birthday.

Douglas’ reputation as a play/conductor has grown since forming Camerata Ireland, this season seeing him return to direct the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, he has made successful debuts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian National Radio Orchestra at the Enescu Festival, Bangkok Symphony, I Pommerigi di Milano and Moscow Philharmonic orchestras.

Several current CMU music students, alumni, faculty, and staff have designed an educationally interactive event to enhance your concert experience this evening. The musicians encourage you to visit the stations, learn about the music, and socialize with the orchestra before, during intermission, and after the concert. Activities begin at 6:30 pm.


Tweet Seats Meet Up
Meet Lance LaDuke, curator of CMU Music’s Tweet Seats on the second balcony. He can set you up with a Twitter account and show you how to access real-time concert commentary. 

Meet the Musicians
Orchestra members are eager meet you before the concert and talk to you about their experience as a professional musician in training. How do you get a job in an orchestra? What is the audition process like? Ask the musicians to play an audition excerpt or share their stories with you.  

Books & Media
Would you like to peruse a copy of the Odyssey or follow the conductor’s score during the performance? The music staff of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has provided a selection of books, CDs and music scores for your enjoyment. These resources are available to browse or to check out on site.


Tackle some of the big questions at intermission. What is a classic? What makes music written centuries ago relevant today? CMU School of Music alumnus Evan Vockley will give a brief presentation in the lobby about Classicism. He will connect elements of his lobby presentation with specific sections of the music during the performance through real-time posts via Tweet Seats (@CMUMusic and #CMUDouglas). Follow his posts to get some insider information! 

Post Concert:

After Party @ The Porch
Join the orchestra for a post-concert hang, food, and drinks at the Porch, just across Schenley Plaza. 

Tweet Seats refer to seats in which tweeting is permitted during a performance by audience members. Carnegie Mellon School of Music is launching this new pilot project to encourage a subsection of our audience to engage in an online discussion about the performance they are experiencing. We ask that Tweet Seat participants sit in the second balcony of Carnegie Music Hall with their phones silenced and dim back-light to lowest setting. Additionally, participants who are not able to join us at the hall can watch the webcast of the performance.

Utilizing the hashtag #CMUDouglas, participants will engage in an online conversation with School of Music faculty members Lance LaDuke and Daniel Nesta Curtis who will be leading the discussion from @CMUMusic. Feel free to tweet reactions to the performance or ask questions.