Phil Cynar

Last week, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra gave Silent Spring – a new composition for orchestra inspired by the book of the same name – its world premiere at Heinz Hall.  This weekend, the PSO takes Silent Spring to Lincoln Center for a special matinee performance in the Big Apple.

Commissioned by the PSO and the Rachel Carson Institute, the composition is a part of a year-long celebration of the golden anniversary of the publication of the bestseller by Springdale native (and Chatham University alumna) Rachel Carson. Her writings are credited with setting the stage for the environmental movement in the U.S. and around the globe.

We recently featured a blog post about the world premiere and a video interview with Steven Stucky, the composer of the piece as well as the PSO’s Composer of the Year.  Revisit it here.