Symphony announces substitute conductors
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has announced substitute conductors for the four remaining weeks of Mellon Grand Classics concerts left vacant on the podium by the sudden resignation of artistic adviser Sir Andrew Davis last month.
Principal guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier will take on two of the programs, including the scheduled repertoire for concerts April 18 and 20. Tortelier also will lead the season's final concerts, June 13 to 15, and the program will be changed to Gabriel Faure's Requiem with the Mendelssohn Choir and Camille Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony.
French conductor Stephane Deneve will make his Pittsburgh Symphony debut March 14 and 15, leading Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Alfred Brendel as planned, but with Albert Roussel's "Bacchus and Ariane" Suite No. 2 instead of the other scheduled pieces.
Slovakian conductor Juraj Valcuha will make his U.S. debut at Heinz Hall, April 11 to 13, substituting Antonin Dvorak's symphonic poem "The Water Sprite" for music by Edward Elgar that Davis had been scheduled to perform.
The symphony previously announced that principal guest conductor designate Leonard Slatkin will lead Davis' concerts this year on Dec. 7 and 9.