FOR RELEASE: September 20, 2014
CONTACT: Mary Louise Fowkes (412-977-7079) or Curt Miller (412-931-0216)
He’s been commissioned to write and compose such diverse music as pieces highlighting Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the School of Music at CMU, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Mark Stanley Fromm’s most recent work, Frick Gates, highlights the four stone gatehouses of the city’s largest public park, all designed by the same famous architect who designed the Jefferson Memorial, John Russell Pope. Frick Gates will be premiered by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra on October 10 and 11.
Fromm’s works have won numerous awards and been performed in New York City, Nashville, London, Bangkok, Ottawa, and elsewhere worldwide. As a musician he plays bassoon, baritone saxophone “and occasionally other instruments.” He is a graduate of CMU (BFA), McGill University (MMus) and the University of Pittsburgh (PhD).
Also featured on the Philharmonic’s October program is Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, a piece heard in the soundtracks of several popular movies, including a brief airing in the 1984 film Amadeus. The piece features a solo violin performance by Juan Jaramillo and a solo viola performance by Jason Hohn. Mr. Jaramillo is first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera, and is also the Principal Second for the Wheeling Symphony. A man of multiple musical talents and tastes he has shared the stage with such international artists as Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Chris Botti, Bernadette Peters, Vince Gill, The Moody Blues, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ray Price, Mannheim Steamroller, The Manhattan Transfer, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Jason Hohn performs regularly with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summerfest, and the Wheeling Symphony and Westmoreland Symphony orchestras. As a member of the Dorothy J. Starling Foundation String Quartet he has been featured in performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Steinway Hall, Severance Hall, and Tong Ji University in Shanghai. Last year, he presented the world premier performance of Armando Bayolo’s Waiting to Sing for viola and piano.
The Philharmonic October concert will also feature Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World. The New World Symphony is one of the most popular of all symphonies. Astronaut Neil Armstrong took along a recording of the New World Symphony on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, on his way to becoming the first person to set foot on the Moon.
The orchestra’s October 10 performance will be at the Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater. Tickets are available online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BCCC/ , or by calling 724-284-8505, or at the door. Student and senior citizen discounts are available, as are group rates. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
The October 11 concert will be held at the Mt. Alvernia auditorium in Millvale. Tickets are available at the door or at http://pghphil.org/tickets/ and are $12.00 for general admission, $8.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for students. Children under 12 are free. To inquire about group rates call 412-223-7501. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
Now in its 39th season, The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra. Approximately 70 musicians from throughout the tri-state area, ranging in age from 15 to 80, perform great works of classical music at various venues in the region. Members of the orchestra include business executives, retirees, students, teachers, and other professionals, some who have been performing with the Philharmonic for over 20 years, several who teach or play music professionally, and some who have advanced music degrees.
Music director for the Philharmonic is Edward Leonard.
For more information about Pittsburgh Philharmonic, visit the website at www.pghphil.org.