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Opening Night Concert to feature photos from the Carnegie Museum of Art

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The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Back to Bach on October 24, 2020 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The digital concert will be live-streamed.

The WSO is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art for a very special performance on Opening Night. As the WSO musicians perform George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” – selected photos by Charles “Teenie” Harris will be paired with the music and projected on the Palace Stage.

George Walker (1922-2018) was the first African American man to win the Pulitzer Prize for music,  just one of his countless accomplishments in his long career. Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) was the photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s prominent black newspapers photographing Pittsburgh’s African American community.

This program is the next in a series of celebrating people of color and female composers. We are deeply grateful to the CMOA for allowing us to showcase these incredible historical photos of African American life in Pittsburgh.

The concert also features flutist Lorna McGhee performing Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor. The concert concludes with Grieg’s Holberg Suite, op. 40.

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post) she has performed as guest principal with such notable orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, and London Philharmonic. She is also a member of the flute faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the evening’s performance. As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, he has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence, and keen musical intellect.

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