PSO Present 7th Annual Community Partners Concert

for immediate release

June 7, 2010



PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 7th  ANNUAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS CONCERT

 

GLORIA GAYNOR IS SPECIAL GUEST

 

Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations

 


PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra teams with legendary singer Gloria Gaynor for the seventh annual Community Partners Concert, on Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall. PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the Orchestra in the first half of the concert featuring violinist Gareth Johnson, 2010 Sphinx Competition winner. Gloria Gaynor is featured with the PSO on the second half of the program. The event is hosted for the second year by Honorary Chair, Mr. Lynn C. Swann.  


The PSO’s Community Partners Program is a collaboration with Pittsburgh area nonprofit organizations.  In 2010, the Community Partners Program celebrates its seventh year of this innovative approach to fund-raising and community partnership: all proceeds from designated ticket sales to this annual performance are donated back to the Partner organizations by the PSO. Patrons select one of the participating Partner organizations to support with the cost of their ticket purchase. The PSO donates the Orchestra’s services and secures corporate sponsors to underwrite the costs of guest artist fees and concert production. As a result, the program builds mutually supportive relationships with fellow nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area while helping participating Partner organizations raise money to continue their work in the community. The PSO’s six previous Community Partners Concerts have raised over $470,000 for partnering nonprofit organizations since the program’s inception in 2004.


The seventh annual Community Partners Concert is made possible through lead sponsorship from Giant Eagle.


Tickets ($21.50 -$125.50) are still available and can be purchased by visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, by calling 412.392.4900 or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Patrons should be prepared to specify which participating Partner nonprofit organization they would like to benefit with the cost of their ticket purchase. 


Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today.  He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike.  This season, he additionally takes on the position of Co-Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Since his appointment as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country.  His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.  A champion of early childhood exposure to music, Loh created a family concert series that is dedicated to the youngest of audiences.  He is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate, and is constantly in demand as a guest speaker and clinician. 


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 35 international tours include 19 European tours, nine trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.  


The SPHINX COMPETITION offers young African American and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. The goals of the competition are to encourage, develop, and recognize classical musical talent in African American and Latino communities.

  

2010 Participating Nonprofit Community Partners/Codes

 

#

Organization Name

18183

ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders)

18184

African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

18185

Afro-American Music Institute

18186

Amachi Pittsburgh

18187

Arthritis Foundation, Western PA Chapter

18188

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

18189

Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

18190

Bradley Center, The

18191

Cancer Caring Center

18192

CASA of Allegheny County

18193

Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh

18194

Center for Victims of Violence and Crime

18195

Child Watch of Pittsburgh

18196

Communities in Schools

18197

East End Cooperative Ministry

18198

Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania

18199

Family Services of Western PA – Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers

18200

Focus on Renewal

18201

Gilda’s Club Western Pennsylvania

18202

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

18203

Hill House Association

18204

Hilltop Health Ministries Consortium

18205

HIS Place Contact Center, Inc.

18206

Homeless Children’s Education Fund

18207

Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation

18208

Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading & Cultural Center

18209

Naomi’s Place Transitional Housing Inc.

18210

Neighborhood Legal Services Association

18211

Northside Urban Pathways Charter School Foundation

18212

Ohio Valley General Hospital Foundation

18213

Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.

18214

Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV)

18215

PLEA

18216

Royal Tribe Music

18217

Salvation Army

18218

Small Seeds Development, Inc.

18219

Southwinds, Inc.

18220

Tickets for Kids Charities

18221

Transitional Services, Inc.

18222

Tuesday Musical Club

18223

UCP/CLASS

18224

Urban Impact Foundation

18225

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

18226

Urban Youth Action, Inc. (UYA)

18227

Ursuline Senior Services

18228

West Penn Minority Jr. Golf Association, Inc.

18229

Western PA Humane Society

18230

Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council

18231

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

18232

Your Sister’s Project, Inc.

 

  

Editors please note:

 

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Lawrence Loh, conductor

Gareth Johnson, violin

Gloria Gaynor, vocalist


BIZET                           Suite No. 1 from Carmen

SAINT-SAËNS              Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 28

MENDELSSOHN         Symphony No. 4 in A major, Opus 90, “Italian”

                                    I. Allegro vivace



Gloria Gaynor’s selections to be announced.


Tickets ($21.50 -$125.50) are still available and can be purchased by visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, by calling 412.392.4900 or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Patrons should be prepared to specify which participating Partner nonprofit organization they would like to benefit with the cost of their ticket purchase. 




Contact: Jim Barthen, Vice-President of Public Affairs

phone: 412.392.4835 |  email:jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org


Contact: Nicole Philipp, Director of Media Relations

phone: 412.392.4827   |  email: nphilipp@pittsburghsymphony.org

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