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Hélène Grimaud joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a powerful event

A key performer, Hélène
A key performer, Hélène
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It's being billed as "an emotional evening."
That's sound moving.
So maybe we should think of moving into action and attending a concert featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and French pianist, writer and activist Hélène Grimaud for a BNY Mellon Grand Classics program full of passionate and dramatic emotions. Think of this a a Valentine's Day treat a bit early: The shows will be held January 31 and February 2 at Heinz Hall, under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Originally written by Johann Sebastian Bach for organ, Leopold Stokowski orchestrated Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in 1927. It has thrilled audiences since and was made more famous in pop culture by Disney’s Fantasia. With its fiery, rich harmonies and the powerful spirit, it is surprising that Symphony No. 4 is one of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s lesser-known works. With playing touted as “superb, tightly controlled and forcefully articulated” by the Los Angeles Times, Grimaud returns to Heinz Hall with Brahms’ fierce and dramatic first piano concerto.
Each Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Larry Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.
The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $105.75-$25.75, can be purchased by calling (412) 392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.