Music: Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, Byham Theater


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST

ANNOUNCES 

COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS

CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND STRING ORCHESTRA
Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie
Featuring Fifth House Ensemble
Orchestration and Additional Music by David Mallamud

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM | BYHAM THEATER

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra will be performed on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Tickets
Tickets start at $34 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie, with orchestration and additional music by David Mallamud, begins a U.S. tour this October and will feature Fifth House Ensemble (15 strings), praised by The New York Times as a band with “conviction, authority and finesse.”  Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra received its world premiere in June 2016, performed by Mills and McDuffie alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in August they performed the piece in Rome, Italy and during the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado.  The Toronto Star hailed the piece’s world debut as “a winning way to introduce symphony to a new generation.”

Mike Mills of R.E.M. and violinist Robert McDuffie were friends growing up together in Macon, Georgia.  Their collaboration in Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestration has created a musical performance that blurs the lines between classical and contemporary music.  Robert McDuffie is a Grammy-nominated musician, composer and soloist who has performed with a variety of artists, including Gregg Allman and Chuck Leavell in “Midnight Rider” and actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letters from Birmingham Jail.”  Mike Mills was the bassist for the well-known rock group, R.E.M., which was founded in Athens, Georgia in 1980.

For more information about Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, visit: http://robertmcduffie.com/projects/mike-mills-rock-concerto.

To listen to a music sample of Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Strong Orchestra, visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAowo5AqV0.

2016 U.S. Tour Schedule
Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie
Featuring Fifth House Ensemble

October 20:     Miami, FL, Knight Concert Hall
October 21:     St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
October 24:     Athens, GA, Hodgson Hall
October 25:     Newberry, SC, Newberry Opera House
October 27:     Macon, GA, Macon City Auditorium
October 28:     Atlanta, GA, Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University
October 29:     Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall
October 30:     Chapel Hill, NC, Memorial Auditorium
November 1:   Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Arts
November 3:   North Bethesda, MD, Music Center at Strathmore
November 4:   Pittsburgh, PA, Byham Theater
November 5:   Carmel, IN, Palladium Center for the Arts
November 6:   Detroit, MI, Music Hall
November 7:   Chicago, IL, Harris Theatre

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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