PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a free Music for the Spirit concert that is part of an annual program of concerts that celebrate the spiritual and universal message of music.
The special concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral at Fifth Avenue and Craig Street in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The program will include works of Haydn, Bruckner, Mahler, Fauré, Berlioz and more.
General admission tickets are free to the public and will be available starting Monday, Nov. 15. Tickets are limited to four per household and can be reserved by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900.
Maestro Honeck is deeply committed to and excited about Music for the Spirit, which will explore the power of music to promote dialogue between religious faiths.
Each season, the PSO plans two performances with spiritual roots. One concert will be at Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics subscription weekends. The PSO’s performances of Verdi’s Requiem, led by Maestro Honeck, Dec. 3 – 5 at Heinz Hall are part of the Music for the Spirit program.
The second concert will be in the community and will rotate venues, bringing the PSO and Music for the Spirit to churches, synagogues, mosques and community centers.
The repertoire for future Music for the Spirit concerts will vary each season, but will feature spiritual works appealing to all music lovers regardless of their faiths. There also are plans to offer programs throughout the year in the community that will deeply impact the spiritual and musical lives of Pittsburghers.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra thanks Roy & Susan Dorrance and Catharine M. Ryan & John T. Ryan III for their support of Music for the Spirit.