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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival June 5

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival June 5

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in a free outdoor concert at Point State Park on Monday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the orchestra in a program featuring selections from the works […]

Concert Blog: The Show Must Go On, PNC Pops! and the Music of Hollywood and Broadway

Concert Blog: The Show Must Go On, PNC Pops! and the Music of Hollywood and Broadway

It was an unexpected but lovely evening at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 11 when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra dazzled as they performed music from Hollywood and Broadway.  My date and I had been long looking forward to a night of classic tunes with Neal […]

Concert Blog: Happy birthday, Rudolf Buchbinder: You were meant for this

Concert Blog: Happy birthday, Rudolf Buchbinder: You were meant for this

The last time my husband and I were at Heinz Hall for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, I was 23 weeks pregnant with our son, enjoying the magical melodies of The Sleeping Beauty opus. Two months later, as I packed up bottles of breast milk between bags […]

Concert Blog: Celebrating Connections in Spring – Viennese Celebration: Beethoven Piano Concertos

Concert Blog: Celebrating Connections in Spring – Viennese Celebration: Beethoven Piano Concertos

It was a perfect spring night in Pittsburgh to celebrate spring in Vienna at the first performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Viennese Festival.  The orchestra was conducted Music Director Manfred Honeck, and they were joined by Till Fellner who played piano in Ludwig […]

Concert Blog: A New Romance: Gustavo Dudamel & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Concert Blog: A New Romance: Gustavo Dudamel & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

On the evening of Friday, April 7 at Heinz Hall, Gustavo Dudamel, perhaps the most recognizable conductor in the world, made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in lieu of Christoph von Dohnanyi, who canceled his scheduled appearance after suffering an injury. I think […]

Concert Blog: The Magic of Gustavo Dudamel with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Concert Blog: The Magic of Gustavo Dudamel with the Pittsburgh Symphony

It’s Thursday and it’s raining. Raining, never-ending raindrops pounding the pavement and my umbrella. Inside it’s dull. So I go back to walk in the rain. At least the birds seem to appreciate the season with their songs, they are prepping for spring and summer […]

Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Sometimes it seems like musicians, or experts in any field, are riding on the spur of the moment. In reality it is us, the audience, who canter into the orchestra hall with high expectations and are riding toward an emotional crescendo when the concert begins. […]

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

I first saw The Graduate when I was 17, 25 years after it made “Plastics” a catchphrase for the 1960s zeitgeist. I loved the movie. I loved Mrs. Robinson’s elegant cynicism, Benjamin’s dumbfounded naivete and Elaine’s sweet nonchalance. I most loved the movie for the […]

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

I begin with a poem written while intently listening to “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast by Smetana. I was surprised that my friend had not heard this composition before. He listens to classical music (perhaps not enough), and his father was born in Hungary, close […]

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Last weekend the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presented to us an as-yet unfamiliar name in the classical music world — 27-year-old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani. Shani, who is the in­com­ing prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the Vi­enna Sym­phony Orches­tra and the succeeding main con­duc­tor of the Rot­ter­dam Phil­har­monic, […]