All Dvorak: A Performance by Pianist Donna Amato with PSO Musicians

May 14, 2019 7:30pm - May 14, 2019 8:30pm

200 Walnut St, Sewickley, PA 15143, USA


On Tuesday, May 14th, at 7:30pm, the Sewickley St. James Church’s Steinway will be center stage as Edgeworth resident and concert pianist Donna Amato will be joined by PSO musicians Christopher Wu, violin, and David Premo, cello, in a trio concert titled “All Dvorak”.  Taking place in St. James Church, Sewickley, this freewill concert will celebrate the sonorous chamber music of the Romantic Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, who composed nine symphonies, many piano tunes, and nine operas, along with some beautiful chamber music.  A preconcert at 7:00 will feature students from Sewickley’s Center for Young Musicians, Leah Givilber, Director.  A dessert reception will follow the concert.

Amato made her debut with orchestra at the age of 14, and studied as a young artist in Europe, where she immersed herself in the European piano tradition, studying in London, Paris, and Siena, Italy.  She has had a flourishing recording career, and performs world-wide.  She currently teaches piano at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and works at Carnegie Mellon as an Assisting Artist.  She also gives piano instruction.  Amato finds time to be artistic advisor for the Music Plus Concert Series at St. James Church, and co-directs the series along with Sharron Schaefer.

Christopher Wu holds an endowed chair for violin with the PSO, and is Associate Principal in the first violin section.  He previously has performed nationally with many symphonies.  He is on the faculties of Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, and Geneva Universities.  His instrument was made in 1727 by Nicolo Gagliano.   David Premo holds an endowed chair for cello with the PSO, having served as Associate Principal of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington D.C., and is Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon, also providing cello instruction, coaching, and teaching.  He plays a historic 1860 cello made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.