PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performs its fourth annual Community Engagement Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC) on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh conducts music by Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. PSO Associate Principal Horn, Stephen Kostyniak, will be the featured soloist.

All ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit area music education programs.

A pre-concert student performance will take place from 6:00-6:45 p.m., and a post-concert student performance will take place from 8:30-9:00 p.m. (ELPC Social Hall).

The Oct. 15 concert is one element of the PSO’s larger Community Engagement relationship with the East Liberty area. The PSO’s interaction with East Liberty includes the presence of PSO musicians at neighborhood schools and regular meetings with a Community Engagement Committee, which includes parents of area Pittsburgh Public School students, faith-based representatives, community representatives and music teachers in the East Liberty area.

Through Community Engagement Programs, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra builds connections between the PSO and Pittsburgh communities via ongoing and multi-leveled relationships.  These successful programs help to educate the PSO about its audiences and their home communities.  PSO Community Engagement Programs are specifically designed to build relevance between community residents and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for college students, and seniors 65+; tickets are free for children and youth 18 and under who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are available for advance purchase in-person at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. and Vintage Senior Center, 401 N. Highland Ave. Tickets also will be available for purchase on site at the church on the night of the performance.

Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. He also is Co-Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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