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Composer of the Year

The 2017-2018 season marks the 16th anniversary season of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year program. In honor of this milestone, along with Music Director Manfred Honeck’s 10th anniversary season, the Pittsburgh Symphony will present a retrospective year of works written by former composers of the year — including Jennifer Higdon, Steven Stucky, John Adams (part of the world-wide celebration of Adams’ 70th birthday) and others — and present three pieces that have been commissioned in honor of Honeck’s 10th anniversary season by Pittsburgh-based composer Reza Vali, 2016-2017 Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan and Israeli composer Boris Pigovat, whose work will appear in a BNY Mellon Grand Classics subscription concert for the first time.