Concert Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians Return to Stridently Enthusiastic Audience

As the lights strategically dimmed and before music director Manfred Honeck appeared on the empty stage the audience arose in gleeful anticipation and began a strident applause. Conductor Honeck then walked out and addressed the audience: “We thank you for your loyalty, your commitment to this institution and your unwavering support. We will have a […]

Dec 4

Concert Blog: PSO Classical Mixer

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosted a summer event called Classical Mixer this last weekend. Since I haven’t heard live orchestral music much lately since the conclusion of the regular season, I made sure to attend. I’m glad I did; it was a treat. During the mixer portion, in the outdoor garden, Carolyn Edwards introduced herself […]

Jul 25

Concert Blog: The Full Muscle and Finesse of the ‘Magical Music of Harry Potter’

Picklesburgh served up pickled jams and cupcakes on the Rachel Carson Bridge to eager enthusiasts. Beerfest celebrated its fourth anniversary of craft beer samplings at Stage AE. And Heinz Hall transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra embraced the “Magical Music of Harry Potter” on Saturday evening, July 16. Excited fans of […]

Jul 18

Concert Blog: PSO and Nelly Energizes and Unifies

The cities of St. Louis, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are known for their similarities. From their flourishing settlement periods in the late 1700s to subsequent industry booms and diverse immigrant populations to parallel urban communities and signature architecture, these communities share many of the same historical comparisons. So when St. Louis native Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., […]

Jul 15

Concert Blog: Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Belong Together

For many of us, pop music is an integral part of our childhood and adolescence, serving as the soundtrack to our memories. With one lyric, it can bring us back to a specific time and place. For me, Pat Benatar’s music does just that. During my middle school volleyball warm ups, I would sing “Hit […]

Jul 11

Concert Blog: Howard Shore: Point of View of a Legend

What do Mrs. Doubtfire, The Silence of the Lambs and The Lord of the Rings films all have in common?  Well, besides all being Hollywood blockbusters, they also share the musical talent of a legend, Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore. Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts was the setting on Friday, June 24 where the Pittsburgh […]

Jun 25

Bendix-Balgley shines in Brilliant original work “Fidl-Fantazye”

The play of light — that floating, ephemeral stuff, so much like sound itself opened this past Friday evening’s season finale. Former PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley (2011-2015), now First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmoniker treated Pittsburgh’s ecstatic audience with Mozart’s Rondo in C Major. Although quite a short composition in length, it was not an […]

Jun 21

Concert Blog: The Night of the Dance: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Three Rivers Arts Festival

Three River Arts Festival Dollar Bank Stage

Before a sea of crawling babies and red balloon animals and mint chocolate chip ice cream, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra rolled up its sleeves and performed to a sweaty, yet satisfied, Three Rivers Arts Festival audience. A few sprinkles of rain and demanding gusts of wind seemed to settle the weather and anxious families into an […]

Jun 13

Concert Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Summer with an HD Odyssey through Space

Photo by Jennifer Barron_web

Ever since the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned from its European world tour, summer has settled in and decided to stay in the city of Pittsburgh. Surrounding Heinz Hall is a frenzy of frenetic activity. From the heavy winds to the smell of too much ketchup to the buzz of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Orchestra’s […]

Jun 12

Concert Blog: Honeck Conducts Strauss with Martin Grubinger

Prior to the opening bars of the Elektra Symphonic Rhapsody, it was apparent that Friday the 13th would be a special night at the Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.  Following video introductions and a short discussion regarding the upcoming European Tour of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Manfred Honeck raised his baton and […]

May 14