"Isle of the Dead"

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

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In a Nutshell

Two Rachmaninoff works that quote from eerie hymn Dies Irae bookend violinist Nicola Benedetti’s rendition of Szymanowski’s Concerto No. 1

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The Deal

  • One ticket to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present “Isle of the Dead”
  • When: Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heinz Hall
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees

Seating Options

  • $35 for seating in orchestra rows A–S, grand-tier rows O–T, or family-circle rows A–E (up to $64.75 value)
  • $30 for seating in side-orchestra rows A–Q (up to $59.75 value)
  • $25 for seating in left- or center-orchestra rows T–BB or family-circle rows F–K (up to $44.75 value)
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The Program

Fresh off conquering the Top 20 Official UK Albums Chart—a rare feat for a classical musician—Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a haunting voyage into the mists of Eastern European melancholy.

  • Rachmaninoff—The Isle of the Dead: The subdued, lapping rhythm of the opening evokes the oar strokes of the dread ferryman who bears souls to the titular island. The rising strings could be a mourning wail or a valiant attempt to resist his carriage, but the relentless beat of mortality remains underneath.
  • Szymanowski—Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra: This very modern 1916 work is thought to have been inspired by Tadeusz Miciński’s poem May Night, which pairs a romantic vernal scene with intense images of fire and death. The violin is similarly discombobulated, and when the orchestra joins in it offers no soothing respite.
  • Rachmaninoff—Symphony No. 3 in A Minor: After a muted clarinet introduction, the rest of the orchestra barges in with unfiltered bombast. Ominous triplets mark the second movement, giving way to the third movement’s stylistic tour de force that changes the tone from darkness and doubt to martial joviality.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1896, and its reputation was as big as its sound right from the start. Andrew Carnegie was an early backer, and reportedly claimed that it was the best orchestra in the country. More than a century later, it still enjoys its status as a nationally renowned organization. And the PSO continues to take pride in its acclaim—perhaps expanding on Carnegie's earlier view, current Music Director Manfred Honeck called the company "one of the world's finest orchestras."

The long-lived PSO makes its home in an equally historic venue. Converted from an opulent movie palace in 1971, when Americans swore off movies in favor of high culture, Heinz Hall proves itself an exceptional music venue. Fine acoustics please the ears, while eyes take in glittering chandeliers and glints of gold leaf.

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