Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal to see the Noah Bendix-Balgley recital presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. For $14, you get one ticket for the best available orchestra seating on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. (up to a $28.25 value, including fees).
Recently ascending to the position of concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, renowned violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley steps onto Heinz Hall's stage for his recital debut, accompanied by pianist Rodrigo Ojeda. The evening begins with a nuanced interpretation of Bach's Chaconne from Partita no. 2 in D Minor, which alternates from unhurried, loping harmonies to a more intricate, accelerated navigation of scales. Ojeda joins with his precise ivory tickling for Beethoven's Sonata no. 7 in C Minor, opus 30, no. 2, which is full of playful, staccato interplays between strings and keys and intense moments of call and response. He also adds his touch to Ernest Bloch's Baal Shem Suite, a melancholy interaction of flowing bow work and piano chords that rumble like the ground during the Statue of Liberty's midnight stroll. The night ends with the soft, comforting melodies of Sergei Prokofiev's rarely performed Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, as well as Maurice Ravel's Tzigane, an exotic exploration of uncommon chords accompanied by flighty piano trills.
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.
600 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222