Program:

  • Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin for piano
  • Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

Most concerts will take place at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on the first floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Join us for a 2:15 p.m. informative talk and complimentary public reception after each performance. A $10 donation is suggested.

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Carnival of the Animals

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3 p.m.

  • Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr, piano
  • Charles Stegeman and Rachel Stegeman, violin
  • Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
  • Anne Martindale Williams, cello
  • Micah Howard, double bass
  • Jennifer Conner, flute
  • Ron Samuels, clarinet
  • Jeffrey Turner, conductor
  • Father Sean Kealy, narrator

An all-star cast, featuring international concert pianist Cynthia Raim, performs Saint-Saens' beloved "Grand Zoological Fantasy" in its original version for two pianos and chamber orchestra. The Rev. Sean Kealy, C.S.Sp., provides narration, and cellist Anne Martindale Williams performs her famous interpretation of "The Swan." The program also includes Franck's melodious Sonata for Violin and Piano and Ravel's intricate Le tombeau de Couperin for piano.

There is a special pre-concert program at 2:15 p.m.

Cynthia RaimCynthia Raim is known to Pittsburgh audiences for having won the First Three Rivers National Piano Competition in 1975. As a result, she was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, playing Prokofiev's Concerto #3. She has also been heard here as collaborative pianist with soprano Benita Valente, with whom she recorded and toured widely for many years. A native of Detroit, Raim studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with the great pianists Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She won the First Prize at the 1981 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, and has enjoyed tremendous acclaim as soloist and chamber musician. She has a long relationship with the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, and has made many tours with Music from Marlboro.

Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr have collaborated on two recordings, Brahms Waltzes and Hungarian Dances and Rachmaninoff's Two-piano Suites. You can find out more by visiting the Discography page.

Charles StegemanCharles Stegeman, Chair of Strings at Duquesne University, was for many years the violinist of the Sartory Trio (with David Allen Wehr as pianist). He is currently Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and artist-in-residence at Azusa College in California. A native of Vancouver, he is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. He has founded numerous music festivals all over the US, and is currently Artistic Director of the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.

Rachel StegemanRachel Stegeman, Adjunct Professor of Violin at Duquesne University, Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony, and holds Associate Concertmaster positions of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has performed with major symphony orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra and on over 1000 commercial recording projects, including classical music, chamber music, jazz, pop, R&B, contemporary jazz, easy listening, rock, heavy metal, live television and award shows, and soundtracks for both television and motion pictures.

Marylene Gingras-Roy.htm A native of Québec City, Canada, Marylène Gingras-Roy joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season, and in 2004 was promoted to fourth chair. Marylène has participated in many festivals, and since 2000 she has performed with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. She is heard regularly in chamber music concerts and maintains a full teaching schedule with her private studio, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon preparatory school of music in addition to coaching the Three Rivers Young People Orchestra. She studied at both the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec where she graduated with unanimous First Prizes in both Viola and Chamber Music, and The Harid Conservatory at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned an Artist Diploma.

Anne Martindale WilliamsAnne Martindale Williams is originally from Philadelphia. On graduating from the Curtis Institute, she was engaged by the Pittsburgh Symphony as Associate Principal Cellist, and was promoted to Principal Cellist by Music Director Andre Previn. She is in constant demand as a chamber music player and visits many festivals each summer. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701.

Micah Howard Micah Howard enjoys a very rewarding career as both a performer and a teacher. He joined the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the age of 25. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has toured five continents, including Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and North America. Mr. Howard regularly performs as a recitalist, and chamber musician. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since the spring of 2000, he has been teaching string bass as adjunct faculty at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, and he recently began teaching as adjunct professor at Duquesne University.

Jennifer Conner Described by critics as “thoroughly delightful, with remarkable tone in every register,” Jennifer Conner enjoys a dynamic career as both an orchestral musician for the Pittsburgh Symphony and as a chamber player for several ensembles including the acclaimed Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project at the Andy Warhol Museum. Previous to her appointment as Second Flute by former PSO Music Director Lorin Maazel, Ms. Conner performed for five seasons as Principal Flute with the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. Outside of performing, Ms. Conner continues to show her dedication to training the next generation of flutists through her past and present associations with Carnegie Mellon, Indiana (Bloomington), and Duquesne universities, as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Early Childhood Pilot Project, as an adjudicator for the National Flute Association, and as a contributing author for Flute Talk magazine.

Ron Samuels A native of San Francisco, Ron Samuels has enjoyed a richly varied career as a symphonic musician, chamber music and concerto soloist, and as a collegiate professor and master class clinician. He graduated from the University of Southern California. A year after graduation, he won an audition for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for six seasons. He served as principal clarinetist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for sixteen years and as a guest principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra during their 1996-97 season. Ron was appointed 2nd clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2001-02 season.

Father Sean Kealy Father Kealy has published many books in England, Africa, Ireland, and the United States. His main interests are in the gospels. He has written commentaries on Luke, John and the Apocalypse, also Jesus and Politics and a number of studies in spirituality. He has published articles and reviews in AFER, Doctrine and Life, The Irish Theological Quarterly, The Tablet, The Furrow, and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He is currently researching the history of the Lukan literature as a follow-up on his history of the other three Gospels. His most recent books are John's Gospel and The History of Biblical Interpretation and Matthew's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation. A similar review of the history of interpretation of Luke's Gospel is in preparation.

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