PITTSBURGH – For the second season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) teams with the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh and WQED to present the PSO Book Club. 

Groups will meet eight times throughout the year to discuss and explore some of the major themes from the 2010-2011 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season. Books range from historical novels and biographies to popular science. WQED’s Jim Cunningham leads the discussion, along with a PSO musician. This free event, part of the PSO’s ongoing Explore and Engage activities, is held at the Music Department, 2nd Floor, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Main Branch), 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

Availability is limited. Advance registration is required.  To register, please call 412.622.3105.

 This season’s books include:

SEPT. 28, 2010 at 6 p.m.

A Devil to Play: One Man’s Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra’s Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper Rees
With William Caballero, PSO horn

OCT. 26, 2010 at 6 p.m.

Violin Dreams by Arnold Steinhardt
With Mark Huggins, PSO violin

NOV. 30, 2010 at 6 p.m.
This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
With Penny A. Brill, PSO viola

JAN. 18, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Winter Fire by William R. Trotter
With Paul Silver, PSO viola

FEB. 1, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Artists in Exile by Joseph Horowitz
With Mikhail Istomin, PSO cello, and Joseph Horowitz, curator, Tchaikovsky Festival

MARCH 1, 2011 at 6 p.m.

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
With Hampton Mallory, PSO cello

APRIL 5, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Mahler by Michael Kennedy
With James Nova, PSO trombone

MAY 10, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Wild Harmonies by Hélène Grimaud
With Robert Lauver, PSO horn


  • The word out there is that Jasper Rees, the author of A Devil to Play, will be joining the session for a Q & A on Tuesday September 28th! Based in the UK, Mr. Rees will be taking questions from the participants via an online connection – remember to bring your questions and curiosities!

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