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Pittsburgh: Pigovat’s …therefore choose life…in first hearing
September 22, 2017
Israeli composer Boris Pigovat’s …therefore choose life… is the first of three commissions by the Pittsburgh Symphony to celebrate music director Manfred Honeck’s tenth anniversary with the orchestra. The composition will receive its world premiere in a Sept. 22-24 program conducted by Honeck and also featuring John Adams’ Lollapalooza, Brahms’ Violin Concerto (featuring Christian Tetzlaff), and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ.” The other premieres are a Larghetto by Scottish composer James MacMillan Oct. 27-29 and Isfahan by Pittsburgh-based Iranian composer Reza Vali June 8-10, 2018. — Anne E. Johnson