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Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series 2017-2018 Season Celebrates Fiddlesticks’ 25th Anniversary

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fiddlesticks, the orchestra’s feline ambassador to children, have a big milestone to celebrate in the 2017-2018 season — the 25th anniversary of the Fiddlesticks Concert Series! Throughout the season, Fiddlesticks and friends will share some of Fidd’s favorite things with audiences during the upcoming season, such as dressing up and […]

May 10
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Classical, Pops Programming for 2017-2018 Season

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces the 2017-2018 season programming for its BNY Mellon Grand Classics and PNC Pops series. The upcoming season of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics marks its 10th season under the musical leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck and the orchestra’s 122nd year since its founding. “These 10 years of music making […]

Mar 15
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents 14th Annual Wilkinsburg Community Concert to Benefit District Music Programs

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Concert scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Wilkinsburg High School Auditorium The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 14th Annual Community Engagement Concert for the community of Wilkinsburg, “Spring Into Music,” on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High School. A family-friendly evening of music, led by Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco, […]

Mar 10
 
 

Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by PNC Explore the Music of Pittsburgh in ‘Around the ‘Burgh’ on February 18

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The Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series Presented by PNC returns with “Around the ’Burgh!,” a celebration of the music of Fiddlesticks’ hometown, Pittsburgh, on Saturday, February 18 at 11:15 a.m. at Heinz Hall. Fiddlesticks, the orchestra’s feline musical ambassador to children, joins the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony to explore the rich musical history of Pittsburgh, […]

Feb 2
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Auditions for EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians

Application deadline December 9; auditions in March in Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced it will hold auditions in March 2017 for its two-year pre-professional program for young African American musicians, which is entering its 10th anniversary year in 2017. Applications for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians (OTPAAM) must […]

Aug 31
 
 

Guest Blog: Marcel Walker — Classical Music, Inspiration and the Importance of Superman

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Symphonic and classical music entered my world when I was eight years old. It wasn’t in a particularly sophisticated way — if one goes in for notions of art belonging to “high brow” and “low brow” classes, which I don’t — but rather the same way it does for a lot of people. I was […]

Jun 10
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents Sensory-Friendly Performance, ‘Heroes and Inspirations’

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its second sensory-friendly orchestra performance, “Heroes and Inspirations,” on Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, “Heroes and Inspirations” is designed to provide a welcoming and inclusive concert environment, making it appropriate for families and patrons of all ages including those […]

Jun 9
 
 

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

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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 performance, co-sponsored by Soldiers & Sailors and free for anyone […]

Apr 26
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Penny Anderson Brill Received Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service

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New award made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund to celebrate orchestra musicians and the work they do in their communities Penny Anderson Brill, violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is one of only five exemplary musicians selected by The League of American Orchestras to receive The Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service. […]

Apr 21
 
 

Students Shine During Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Kraft Heinz Audience of the Future and EQT Side-by-Side Programs

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s annual Kraft Heinz Audience of the Future & EQT Student Side-by-Side event will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall. The Kraft Heinz Audience of the Future program is a unique opportunity for local high school students to plan and implement a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, […]

Apr 14