Debussy and Schubert on the Allegheny
A chamber music program of gorgeous melodies and lush, impressionistic tone paintings performed by pianist David Allen Wehr and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: principal flute Lorna McGhee, violist Marylene Gingras Roy, flutist Jennifer Steele, principal bass Jeffrey Turner, and principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen plus mezzo-soprano Katherine Soroka.
This extraordinary program of beloved masterworks is part of the three-year “Schubert on the Bluff” series of concerts, performed to sold out audiences at Duquesne University. Each season has included a guest composer, with Claude Debussy doing the honors this year. Artistic Director David Allen Wehr, along with five members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata (played by PSO Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner) and Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (which includes Clair de lune, possibly the most popular classical piano piece ever written), alongside the more rarely heard Debussy Trio Sonata (with an ensemble led by PSO Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen) and Schubert’s brilliant and virtuosic Flute Variations on “Trockne Blumen” from “Die Schöne Müllerin”, showcasing PSO Principal Flute Lorna McGhee. Katherine Soroka will sing the Schubert song prior to its performance.