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Pittsburgh's music community pays tribute to France

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

On Sunday, Pittsburgh's music community offered tributes to France in the wake of Friday's horrifying attacks in Paris.

Pittsburgh Opera played "La Marseillaise" prior to the final performance of "Cosi fan tutte" at the Benedum Center, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra added Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" to its Sunday program. (PSO audience members later applauded in unison to show support for France.) You can watch/hear clips of these performances on the KDKA and PSO websites

"The Star-Spangled Banner" seems to take on added weight during moments like these, and opera singer Lawrence Brownlee gave a stunning performance of the National Anthem at Sunday's Steelers game at Heinz Field. Mr. Brownlee, one of the world's best bel canto tenors (who also happens to be a big Steelers fan), portrayed Tonio in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" last season. Here's a video of his performance (it starts at about 1:50). 

 

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