“A big anniversary calls for a bit of extravagance,” writes Mark Kanny in Thursday’s (5/14) Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “For the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, an amateur ensemble celebrating its golden anniversary this season, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is a big reward and a big challenge. … [Music Director Warren] Davidson will lead four vocal soloists, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Saturday night at Upper St. Clair High School. The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra was founded in 1958 as the Bethel Park Orchestra, later changing its name to the Carnegie Symphony Orchestra when it was based in that community. It took its current name in 1983 to reflect the breadth of its community involvement and the fact that its members come from many communities. Davidson became music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra in January 2008 and is conductor of the Slippery Rock Symphony and professor of music at Slippery Rock University.”

Posted May 14, 2009