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Music Hall in Carnegie serves up Pittsburgh talent in Listen Locally series

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 2:57 p.m.

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is bringing its Listen Locally series back for a second year.

The second season is scheduled to begin Sept. 30 with Arabesque Winds, named for its quintet of wind instruments — flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

Library program director Lynne Cochran said the program is not just about local music, but breaking down stereotypes surrounding chamber music.

“This series really breaks through the chamber music stereotype,” she said. “People picture five string instruments playing Renaissance music, but this is very diverse – the only thing (the performers) all have in common is the level of talent they all have.”

All the groups performing throughout the season have ties to Pittsburgh, though many of them are world renowned, she said.

“These are groups you might not get to see in Pittsburgh or, if you did, they would be someplace way less convenient than the Carnegie.”

She said each performance is something new.

“It's not the same performance over and over again,” she said.

She said the series also is ideal for showing young musicians what they can strive to accomplish.

“You can hold this up to kids and say, ‘These people are from Pittsburgh and this is what they're doing with what they can do,'” she said. “Not everyone is going to get to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.”

Cochran said the series also shows the longevity of music skills.

“One of the beautiful things about music is you carry it your entire life,” she said.

In sports, she said, you get to the point where you cannot compete or play anymore, “but in music, you can play your entire life.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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