Author: Jessi Ryan

Join Us for “An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Servicemen and Women”

Join Us for “An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Servicemen and Women”

What are you doing at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1? If you haven’t made plans yet, we would love to see you at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall for a very special concert: “An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Servicemen and Women.” This […]

Eight Tips for Engaging Young Children with Music

Eight Tips for Engaging Young Children with Music

“I like to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra because you can hear all the instruments and it gives different emotions. Music could be happy or sad, and it’s fun to hear that with a very talented symphony orchestra.” – Fiddlesticks Family Series Patron Patrons love […]

Behind the Scenes: The Making of “Meet the Orchestra”

Behind the Scenes: The Making of “Meet the Orchestra”

Earlier this week, the PSO started another round of Second Grade Schooltime Concerts. For the past 78 years, the symphony has annually welcomed thousands of students to its home for a fun and unique orchestra experience designed just for them. Each performance only lasts about […]

The EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians

The EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians

In 2007, the PSO launched the EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians (OTPAAM), a pre-professional, two-year program designed to mentor one young African American musician in pursuit of an orchestral career. EQT OTPAAM is just one facet of the Inclusion Initiative, covering both […]

From Anxiety to Excitement: Reframing Emotions to Enhance Performance

From Anxiety to Excitement: Reframing Emotions to Enhance Performance

Think back to a time when you were nervous about something. Did someone tell you to calm down? Did it work? If you’re like me, it probably didn’t help much. When someone tells me to relax, I typically end up more anxious because I feel […]

PSO Immersion Week

PSO Immersion Week

By Andrés Franco, Assistant Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra As assistant conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, my responsibilities include serving as cover conductor for Maestro Honeck and the guest conductors, as well as conducting the orchestra in a variety of concerts throughout the season. After a […]

Music for the Spirit

Music for the Spirit

“Even though music is often without words, it has a tremendous power to reach and touch the human spirit in amazing ways.”— Manfred Honeck At one point or another, we’ve probably all experienced the transformative power of music. Music can bring us closer to others […]

Music for Remembrance

Music for Remembrance

“As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us as we remember them.”—Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer As the words of Kamens and Riemer’s famous poem faded, the gentle and serene tones of the flute began. […]

First Week Adventures

First Week Adventures

By Francesco Lecce-Chong, Assistant Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra It has been a terrific and busy start to my time with the PSO. I had the unusual task of leading four separate programs in four days during my first full week of concerts from October 21st to […]

Music Around the World Day at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Music Around the World Day at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Last month, PSO musicians Sarah Clendenning and Eva Burmeister visited Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for Music Around the World Day, sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation. Sarah and Eva, along with other ensembles like Pittsburgh Taiko, played music while patients, families, and staff listened […]


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