Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

PITTSBURGH— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced this month that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Pittsburgh Symphony is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support commission and performance of new orchestral works. This grant will support the […]

Dec 11

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director to Conduct at Vatican

PITTSBURGH—For the first time, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck has been invited by Pope Francis to conduct music during the Papal Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24. Honeck will lead an orchestra composer of musicians from Rome and throughout the world in Et Incarnatus Est from Mozart’s Mass in […]

Dec 10

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Nominated for Grammy Award for Dvořák/Janáček Release

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its Dvořák/Janáček release from Reference Recordings’ FRESH! label. This well-reviewed SACD features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, performing Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the symphonic suite from Jenůfa by Janáček. Recorded […]

Dec 5

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brings Holiday Pops Tradition to Scottish Rite Cathedral on December 18

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast of guest artists ring in the holiday season during Holiday Pops at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle on December 18 at 8 p.m. Renowned conductor Todd Ellison returns after wowing audiences during his Holiday Pops debut last December. Classic carols, such as “Sleigh […]

Dec 4

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Fawzi Haimor to Leave Resident Conductor Post at End of 2014-2015 Season

PITTSBURGH—Fawzi Haimor, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has announced he will be leaving the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 season. “My years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have been invaluable,” says Haimor, who joined the symphony as assistant conductor in 2012 and was promoted to resident conductor at […]

Dec 4

Ladies and Gentlemen: Yankee Doodle Mozart

At Heinz Hall on Friday the program included Aleksey Igudesman(violin) and Hyung-ki Joo(piano) along with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I was anxious to attend, and I really didn’t know what was in the program, yet I knew it would be genuinely entertaining. The first selection was the always entertaining Bernstein Candide Overture, […]

Dec 3

Igudesman and Joo: Big Nightmare Music…With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

During the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Thanksgiving-weekend concerts at Heinz Hall, the comedy duo Igudesman and Joo brought many fantastic musical nightmares to the Pittsburgh audience, including Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca and Practice Time to name a few of their memorable comedy routines. The concert began with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” a quite fitting opening […]

Dec 3

Hark! Highmark Holiday Pops Returns to Heinz Hall with Seasonal Music and a Festive Roster of Guest Artists

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and an all-star cast of guest artists ring in the holiday season during Highmark Holiday Pops on December 12-14 and December 20 & 21. Audiences also can enjoy Heinz Hall decorated beautifully for the holidays, complete with a 25-foot tree in the Grand Lobby! […]

Dec 2

Public Invited to Enjoy Christmas Tree and Menorah at Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH—The public is invited to Heinz Hall to enjoy the majestic Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah this holiday season. The tree and menorah are displayed in the Grand Lobby and will be open to public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following days: December 4-5, December 8-10, December 12, and December 15-19. […]

Dec 2

The Tallis Scholars Join Pittsburgh Symphony Brass for Special Holiday Performance at Heinz Hall on December 10

PITTSBURGH – Fresh off a successful world tour of 99 events in 80 different venues throughout 16 countries, the Tallis Scholars return to Heinz Hall for a holiday performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall. The leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music, this concert, conducted by Tallis […]

Nov 26