Holding up your end in a musical discussion: Why you must hear the Poem of Ecstasy

By Ron Samuels  Late in his life, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin hoped to create a vast, multimedia work fusing music, dance, theater, painting, poetry and perfume.  He intended for the performance to last seven days and nights in the foothills of the Himalayas.  The work, to be called Mysterium, would be a “celebration of collective joy,”…

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PSO School Concerts

As we welcome 7500+ area children to Heinz Hall this week, the spotlight should be on the music educators who do so much for the region. To lead off, let’s meet 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Mairi Cooper. Where do you teach? Fox Chapel Area High School (although I have taught in the elementary…

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