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

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
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announced 2016-2017 Season of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts

Today, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra proudly announced the 2016-2017 season of the fun-filled, family-friendly Fiddlesticks Family Concerts series. This season will introduce children to a world of music as Fiddlesticks, the symphony’s feline musical ambassador to children, takes audiences on a journey through music in the home, in the community and around the world. Fiddlesticks […]

Apr 6
 
 

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 attending the PSO’s Fiddlesticks Family Concerts presented by Macy’s, and over […]

Apr 5
 
 

Pianist Emanuel Ax at CAPA

While in Pittsburgh to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Emanuel Ax took some time and spent the afternoon on March 31 with students at CAPA High School in Pittsburgh. Ax will perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Pittsburgh Symphony on April 1-3. Tickets are available at pittsburghsymphony.org.

Apr 1
 
 

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 an hour but requires months of planning by the PSO […]

Mar 18
 
 

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 diversity and accessibility, currently being developed by the PSO. It […]

Mar 2
 
 

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 like I should be calm but I’m not. The harder […]

Feb 16
 
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Second Sensory Friendly Concert, ‘Heroes and Inspirations’

Tickets go on sale February 1 for June 25 concert 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 […]

Jan 25
 
 

Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy’s Invites Families to ‘Dance!’

The 2015-2016 season of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy’s continues with a toe-tapping celebration of dance on Saturday, February 6 at 11:15 a.m. at Heinz Hall. Music and dance go hand-in-hand, and this concert will make you twist, stomp and spin! You won’t be able to keep your feet from moving as Fiddlesticks and […]

Jan 21
 
 

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 few months of attending rehearsals and listening from the audience’s […]

Jan 14