Other aspects of the initiative at the Morgantown-based university will include musician residencies and master classes.
The series opens on October 17 with PSO principal pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch leading a program of do-wop and 1950s favorites. PSO artistic advisor Andrew Davis will lead the orchestra on December 8 in a program featuring Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Dvoršk's "New World Symphony." The series closes on February 17, 2007 with Peter Oundjian conducting Christopher Theofanidis' Rainbow Body, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist.
Bernie Schultz, dean of the College of Creative Arts, said, "Our partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is a dream come true for us. The partnership will enhance the education of our students, while bringing a world-class orchestra to the Morgantown community."