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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Saturday Night In Foxburg


Come celebrate with Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts Saturday night October 26th at 7:00 PM the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players to Lincoln Hall. It is a golden time with Autumn in full color for ARCA’s fifth annual Classical Music Oktoberfest in Foxburg. Each October ARCA highlights classical music during the month with a Grand Concert, and this year’s program is entitled Bohemian Rhapsody. At this special concert performed by members of the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra the audience will be treated to a heartwarming masterwork by the great Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak. Also on the program is the “Andante” from one of the most beautiful pieces by Robert Schumann –his exquisite piano quartet. 

The program spotlights Dvorák’s “Quartet for Piano and Strings, OP 87”. We live today with much dissonance, many strident voices, often surrounded by loud and over amplified sounds competing for our attention.  Dvorak’s music arises from a different time, with roots in his homeland Bohemia, now known as the Czech Republic. Much of his music is connected to folk dance and song forms. His music is melodic and carries the listener to a place of expansion and feeling. Dvorak in the 1890’s lived in New York City and was the Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. His main goal in America was to discover “American Music” and engage in it. It was here in 1893 he wrote one of his most celebrated works his Symphony No. 9 known as The New World Symphony. He spent the summer of 1893 with his family in the Czech-speaking community in Spillville, Iowa where cousins had earlier immigrated. He composed his String Quartet in F (“the American”) while there. He was passionate about America finding its own music identity. His work in the United States inspired American composers to develop a distinctive style.

The Grand Concert shares some of his passion and heart felt music along with works of Gustav Mahler, Erno Dohnanyi, Zdenek Fibich and Robert Schumann, truly a grand way to spend an Autumn evening.  The Chamber Players are led by cellist Mikhail Istomin, along with Jennifer Orchard on violin, Meng Wang on viola, and pianist Hanchein Lee. The Red Brick Gallery invites concert goers to stop by before the concert for Cider, Tea, and Cookies. In the Upstairs space there is a new exhibit called “Great and Small” Pastels, Watercolors and Photography which promises to delight the viewer.       

Tickets for the Chamber Players Concert are Adults $25.00, Members $20.00 and Students $10.00. Tickets can be reserved by calling 412-867-1816.