Arts festival: Classical music takes over on June 11 |

Arts festival: Classical music takes over on June 11

Mark Kanny
Cello Fury
Cello Fury

Classical music performers will provide a distinctive thread in the mix of arts festival events June 11. Seven programs will be offered throughout the day, culminating in a performance by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

“Dollar Bank has always supported the arts, including classical music,” says Joseph B. Smith, the bank’s senior vice president of marketing. “Saturday night’s concert will permit families with children and individuals of all social strata to see this great orchestra for free. What an introduction to classical music.”

At noon, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale‘s “I Could Have Danced All Night” will feature the Charleston, tangos, country hoedowns, the bossa nova, Broadway songs and the twist, and will include numbers made famous by ABBA and Lady Gaga, at the Dollar Bank Main Stage.

Addison Albert and Colin Aikens, the winners of the 2015-16 Williams First Night Sing-Off Competition, will perform at the same time on the Acoustic Stage at Gateway Center. The competition was open to regional middle- and high-school students. Smokey Robinson picked the winners.

The new Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh will play a program of light classical music led by its music director, Ed Leonard, at 1 p.m. at the Stanwix Stage at Gateway Center.

The most intriguing program during classical music day will be offered by the Kassia Ensemble. The female musicians will play duos, trios and quartets, some with harp, by an eclectic group of composers — Jacques Ibert, Gideon Klein, John Allemeier and Andre Caplet. The concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Acoustic Stage at Gateway Center.

“Little Red Riding Hood” will be presented at 5 p.m. by Opera Theater Summerfest at the Stanwix Stage at Gateway Center.

Cello Fury will bring its mix of the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with a strong rock beat back to Point State Park at 6 p.m. at the Dollar Bank Main Stage.

Pittsburgh Symphony will cap off the day’s events with a mixed program led by conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. The music will range from Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak to music from “On the Town” by Leonard Bernstein. Steven Hackman will conduct a portion of his “Eroica Oratorio,” a mashup of Ludwig van Beethoven with words and music by Coldplay. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Dollar Bank Main Stage.

Mark Kanny is classical music critic for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 412-320-7877 or [email protected].

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