Considering how badly it was raining, I was pleasantly surprised to see a full-house at Heinz Hall for Friday night’s performance.
Not just a full-house, but a relatively young full-house, too. Clearly debunking the myth that only people of a certain age attend the symphony, I saw college age students, twenty-somethings, and a few couples who appeared to be in their thirties.
Is the PSO the new place for hot, young Pittsburgh? Hmmm….
Well, if Friday night’s season preview performance was any indication, the PSO could very well indeed be the go-to spot for young Pittsburgh. I mean, they played the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia, for god’s sake! If that’s not reaching out to a young demographic, I don’t know what would! (Except, maybe, the theme song to Harry Potter or something.)
The program was also filled with composers just as popular as any of today’s musical acts: Beethoven, Mozart, Bruch. They were all in there, pure musical fireworks.
I went with best friend and performer and fellow twenty-something Michael Karas and we both thoroughly enjoyed the show. He liked the second act better, I preferred the first, but we both really enjoyed WQED-FM 89.3 talk show host, Jim Cunningham and his great commentary throughout. (He was the one who let us know about how to save 10%, how to get the best discounts, how to buy four shows and get two free, and he even talked about his own series, the Jim Cunningham Series.)
Of course, the musicians were fabulous. Exactly what I needed to cap off an otherwise stinky week. They rejuvinated my spirits!
Oh, and one last thing: resident conductor and music director of Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Daniel Meyer, has the best hair ever! He really gets into conducting, and his hair just goes flying!! Loved it!