UPMC HEALTH PLAN TO BE PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PSO MINI-CONCERTS AT HEINZ HALL FOR “LIGHT UP NIGHT” ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017

UPMC HEALTH PLAN TO ALSO SUPPORT FREE CHILDREN’S ADMISSION TO BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS THANKSGIVING CONCERTS NOVEMBER 24 & 26, 2017

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that UPMC Health Plan will be the presenting sponsor of three 30-minute mini-concerts to be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during “Light Up Night” in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, November 17, 2017. The concerts, conducted by PSO Associate Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will run every 30 minutes between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Each 30-minute concert will feature different selections of holiday-themed classics such as Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, selections from Handel’s Messiah, and the Overture to Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, among others. Each performance will end with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Audiences are invited to come for one concert, or stay for all three.

On Friday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m., PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck will continue his Thanksgiving tradition by leading BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Vienna & Violin Virtuosity, a program of light-Viennese favorites such as waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss. This year, joining the PSO on the Heinz Hall stage as a soloist will be 16-year old violinist, Noa Wildschut.

For both of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts on Thanksgiving weekend, UPMC Health Plan will provide free children’s admission. For each adult admission ticket purchased, concert-goers can receive up to two (2) free admission tickets for children ages six to 18. This offer is open to the public and available online, in person at the Heinz Hall box office or by calling 412.392.4900.

“Thanks to generous support from UPMC Health Plan, thousands of first-time patrons will have an opportunity to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony free-of-charge in historic Heinz Hall. These concerts enable the PSO to share its music with a broader audience and contribute to the cultural vitality of downtown Pittsburgh” said PSO President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 — including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Contact: Laura D. Soldati, Interim Director of Public Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsoldati@pittsburghsymphony.org

Twitter: @pghsymphony | Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra



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