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A&E updates: Pitt Orchestra marks 40 seasons

| Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 4:51 p.m.

Reaching a major anniversary is always an accomplishment worth celebrating. The University of Pittsburgh Orchestra will open its 40th season on Oct. 5 in the most apt way — a performance of challenging and rewarding music.

The Pitt Orchestra is open, by audition, to anyone in the community, but mainly comprised of students, faculty and staff at the university. At times, it has included students from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities as well as professional freelancers. The orchestra currently numbers 73 musicians. There are no openings.

Roger Zahab, who has been music director since 1993, wrote a new piece for the occasion, “Entelechron Symphonies.” The program also includes Camille Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1 played by Eric Ciphers, a neuroscience major, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Jupiter” Symphony.

The free concert starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Bellefield Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland.

Details: 412-624-4125 or

— Mark Kanny

Il Divo at Heinz Hall

The world tour of Il Divo, named for its newest album “Amor & Passion,” includes a one-night stand on Oct. 3 at Heinz Hall. The four singers of the classical crossover group wear Armani clothes and have sold more than 30 million albums.

“Amor & Passion” is the group's seventh studio album and was produced by multiple Latin Grammy winner Julio Reyes Copello. It features a century of tangos, boleros and mambas. The concert also will include new arrangements of earlier Il Divo hits.

The group was brought together in 2003 by English impresario Simon Cowell, who's best known for the television shows “American Idol” and “America's Got Talent.”

Tenor David Miller is a past Pittsburgh Opera resident artist and will visit the opera while in town to share his experiences with current resident artists.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Admission is $59 to $229.

Details: 412-392-4900 or

— Mark Kanny

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