Pittsburgh, PA / 88

Friday, August 15, 2003  |  Heinz Hall  |  Presented by Pittsburgh Symphony


This week, From the Top comes to you from the famous Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, where the city’s great orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, accompanies teenagers in music by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

The symphony will also perform a moving remembrance to the tragedy of 9/11, written by an extraordinary 11-year-old composer. Additionally, you’ll meet a talented young harpist who grew up as part of the symphony’s family as well as a young violinist who thinks she’ll survive at conservatory next year eating nothing but toast!

Performers and Repertoire:

Pianist Martin Leung, 16, from Irvine, CA, performs Concerto in G, Op. 25, 3rd mvt. by Felix Mendelssohn

Harpist Heidi Gorton, 17, from Pittsburgh, PA, performs Danse Profane by Claude Debussy

The Pittsburgh Symphony performs A Short Ride on a Fast Machine by John Adams

Composer BlueJay, 11, from New York City, NY debuts his Overture to 9/11 with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Violinist Elena Urioste, 17, from North Wales, PA plays Violin Concerto, Op.35, 3rd mvt. by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Pittsbugh Symphony performs the Young Person’s Guide To the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten (closing of program)

Release Dates

  • Monday, November 1, 2004
  • Monday, April 19, 2004
  • Monday, September 15, 2003

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