PITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Franktuary restaurant to present a classical happy hour event on Wednesday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Franktuary’s Lawrenceville location, 3810 Butler Street.
A chamber group of musicians — including Laura Motchalov, violin; Andrew Fuller, violin; Meng Wang, viola; and Michael DeBruyn, cello — will perform short sets while interacting with restaurant patrons. Franktuary will provide specially crafted cocktails and schnitzel hotdog specials in honor of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Mozart Festival, which begins on April 25 at Heinz Hall. Attendees also will have the opportunity to receive discounts on upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony ticket purchases.
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.