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PSO book club
8 Oct 2009
Classical Musings

Beethoven's HairI have word from the most solid of sources (a famous local music librarian) that the first meeting of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Book Club met last Tuesday to great success. It will meet periodically this season to read and discuss books that pertain to music in general or specifically to go with upcoming music on the PSO schedule. All the books are picked by PSO musicians.

The featured book last week was Barbara Quick's novel "Vivaldi's Virgins" and leading the discussion was Jim Cunningham of WQED and Jim Rodgers, PSO contrabassoon player, with the highlight being a long conference call with the author.

The meetings are open to the public, at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Reservations: 412-622-3105. There are four more sessions remaining:

Nov. 10, 2009: "1791 Mozart's Last Year" by H.C. Robbins Landon. Joining Jim Cunningham will be Charlotta Klein Ross, PSO cellist.

Jan. 19,, 2010: "Beethoven's Hair" by Russell Martin. Joining Jim Cunningham will be David Sogg, PSO bassoonist.

Mar. 2, 2010: "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Oliver Sacks. Joining J. Cunningham will be Jeffrey Turner, PSO bassist

Apr. 27, 2010: "First Nights" Five Musical Premieres" by Thomas Kelly. Joining J. Cunningham will be Jennifer Ross, PSO Violinist.

And thank you, Kathy Logan, for the report!

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