Highmark Holiday Pops Brings a Sleigh Full of Special Guests to Heinz Hall December 11-20

Pittsburgh native Chris Jamison, finalist on “The Voice,” makes his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut The holiday season brings family, fun, togetherness and music! Experience all of that and more at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration, Highmark Holiday Pops, on December 11-13 and December 19 and 20 at Heinz Hall. Former Pittsburgh Symphony Resident […]

Nov 25

First Week Adventures

First Week Adventures

By Francesco Lecce-Chong, Assistant Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra It has been a terrific and busy start to my time with the PSO. I had the unusual task of leading four separate programs in four days during my first full week of concerts from October 21st to 24th. While it certainly kept me on my toes, it […]

Nov 24

Celebrate the Season with Celtic Woman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on December 7 at Heinz Hall

Celebrate the season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman with “Home for Christmas — The Symphony Tour” on Monday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Featuring music from the all-female ensemble’s second Christmas album, “Home for Christmas,” the one-night-only concert includes holiday favorites […]

Nov 20

Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Present Handel’s Messiah in One-Night-Only BNY Mellon Grand Classics Special

In honor of the holiday season, Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present a one-night-only performance of Handel’s glorious Messiah on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall. George Frideric Handel’s much adored oratorio was a modest success at the time of its debut in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, but […]

Nov 19

Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Present BNY Mellon Grand Classics Weekend with Imperial Program

Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and guest vocalists in a program of classical heavyweights during BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Emperor Concerto on December 4 and 6 at Heinz Hall. Featuring the Coronation Mass, the Unfinished Symphony and the Emperor Concerto, this weekend’s classical period works are all well-loved and coined […]

Nov 19

Music Director Manfred Honeck’s ‘A Waltz Tradition’ Returns to BNY Mellon Grand Classics

The annual tradition returns! The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck perform waltzes and polkas from his home country of Austria on November 27 and 29 at Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics season. A toe-tapping kick-off to the holiday season, this weekend features some of the most popular […]

Nov 16

The Complete Má Vlast (“My Country”) with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Editor’s Note: During the Sunday date of this program, the Pittsburgh Symphony added a performance of Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante Defunte in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks on November 13. Percussionist Jeremy Branson addressed the crowd, noting that Paris crowds clap in unison, and then asking for a moment of silence. Later, at the end […]

Nov 16

‘And I can see for miles…’

When I started writing Copland + Bon Iver, I was seeking a lyric that could anchor the piece or serve as a central theme the way “Nobody said it was easy” from “The Scientist” functioned in Beethoven + Coldplay. It turned out that I found several lines, but they did not end up serving as structurally as in […]

Nov 15

‘West Side Story’ film at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts with live orchestra

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts transformed, as it sometimes does, into a big cinema Friday night. In 1961, the film “West Side Story” was first shown at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, California. Fifty four years later the film had a new “debut” in Pittsburgh. This time the orchestral score was digitally removed from […]

Nov 9

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Offers Free Community Concert on November 20 at Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering a free community concert at Heinz Hall on Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. during the annual Light Up Night celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. Take a break from the chilly weather and warm up your ears with a concert brimming with musical energy. Conducted by one of the Pittsburgh […]

Nov 5