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Just Back: Sharon Isbin, from Pittsburgh

Dean Kaufman Sharon Isbin at Heinz Hall.

Photo: Dean Kaufman

Sharon IsbinOCCUPATION Classical guitarist HOME BASE New York SHOWTIME The Minnesota-born musician recently performed at historic Heinz Hall (600 Penn Ave.; 412/392-4900; www.pittsburghsymphony.org). "It's a magnificently renovated 1920's movie theater with lots of marble, crystal, and gold leaf," Isbin says. ON THE BILL Accompanied by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Isbin performed the Concerto de Gaudi, a flamenco-inflected work written for her by Christopher Rouse, the PSO's composer. "The piece is the musical equivalent of a Dalí painting," she says. riding high "Whenever I'm in Pittsburgh, I love taking the Monongahela Incline (www.ridegold.com; $4 round-trip) up Mount Washington," Isbin says. "You get the most amazing view of the three rivers that divide the city." —PETER WEBSTER

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