Rescheduled ‘Songs Remembered and Forgotten’ Concert is this Saturday

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (PSC) concert at Duquesne University, originally scheduled for Jan. 16, has been re-scheduled for this weekend.

Pianist Dr. Benjamin Binder, coordinator of the PSC, will be joined by soprano Sari Gruber for Songs Remembered and Forgotten on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall of the Mary Pappert School of Music. The concert was postponed after Gruber fell ill.

Longtime friends and collaborators, Binder and Gruber will present some of their favorite numbers in the genre of classical art song from Claude Debussy to Richard Strauss.

"Many of the songs in the program we've done before," said Binder, chair of musicianship at Duquesne University. "We wanted to treat ourselves to some of our favorite songs that we've done together as well as try a few things we've done separately, and also some new songs."

Binder and Gruber have been friends for nearly 20 years, having first met as undergraduates at Yale University. Today, Binder is an associate professor and chair of musicianship at Duquesne University. Gruber, who recently performed with the Pittsburgh Opera, has been featured with operas in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and others.

The program for Songs Remembered and Forgotten will include Debussy's Ariettes Oubliées; pieces from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Twelve Romances; Edvard Grieg's Six Songs, op. 48; Charles Ives' Serenity and Memories; Samuel Barber's The Daisies, op. 2 no. 1 and Nocturne, op. 13 no. 4; William Bolcom's Amor from Cabaret Songs, Vol. 1; and Strauss' Das Rosenband, op. 36 no. 1 and Hat Gesagt-Bleibt's Nicht Dabei, op. 36 no. 3 (1897, 1898 and 1918).

While songs will be sung in German, French, Russian and English, the lyrics will be translated onto a screen during the concert, and Binder will serve as a cabaret-style narrator for the audience.

General admission is $10. For more information, call 412.396.6083 or visit

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