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 Pittsburgh Symphony Pops to perform Feb. 7 at Slippery Rock University 



Dec. 12, 2006
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Pittsburgh Symphony Pops to perform Feb. 7 at Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops will bring their high-energy style to Slippery Rock University Feb. 7, for a performance featuring fan-favorite traditional and contemporary selections.

            The concert will feature well-known figures from music and literature including "Romeo and Juliet" from William Shakespeare's drama and four selections from award-winning composer John Williams' film score for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Music from George Gershwin's folk opera "Porgy and Bess" will recreate the atmosphere of the fictional village Catfish Row in the Old South.

            Daniel Meyer, resident conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony, will conduct the 8 p.m. concert in Miller Auditorium. The complete program includes:

Hector Berlioz Overture Le Carnaval Romain ["Roman Carnival Overture"]
Georges Bizet Suite No. 1 from "Carmen"
George Gershwin Selections from "Porgy and Bess"
John Williams Suite from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
Peter Tchaikovsky "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy"

            Meyer, who selected the pieces, is known for creative programming and a passion for connecting with audiences. He recently developed a new series of Tiny Tots concerts based on the popular children's books to promote music and literacy.

           The public, especially teachers, is invited to join Meyer for a free, 6:30 p.m. panel discussion about arts education curriculum for elementary schools. The discussion will be at SRU's Russell Wright Alumni House. Several SRU music and education faculty will serve as panelists.

            The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops appearance is the third of five events in the Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series. The first two concerts sold out. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will appear March 30, followed by “Seussical,” a special event for families May 20. Tickets are available for these performances.

            Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for those 62 and older and 17 and under, and $8 for SRU students. Call 724-738-2091.

            The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops and residence project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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