Concert at newly renovated Kaufmann Center, Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) returns to Pittsburgh’s Hill District for a fourth annual Community Engagement Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 at the Kaufmann Center.

Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong leads an orchestra comprised of PSO musicians in a program featuring PSO violinist Sylvia Kim as soloist in Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, and Kreisler’s Liebesfreud. The program will also include music by Rossini, Gershwin and Mozart.

The Hill House Association acts as host for the concert, and all ticket proceeds benefit the arts programs of the Hill House Association.

This concert is one aspect of the PSO’s larger Community Engagement relationship with the Hill District. The PSO’s interaction with the Hill District also includes other collaborations with the Hill House and regular meetings with a Community Engagement Committee which includes representation from the Hill’s arts, business, education, and social services sectors.

Through Community Engagement programs, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra builds connections between the PSO and Pittsburgh communities with ongoing and multi-leveled relationships. PSO Community Engagement programs create connections in the community which foster a lifetime of enrichment through music and continually build new and deeper relationships with area residents and organizations. Community Engagement Programs are specifically designed to build relevance between community residents and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets ($4 for students [K-college], $6 for seniors and $8 for adults) can be purchased by calling 412.392.6479. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the concert.  Ticket price includes a post-concert all-audience reception, and all ticket proceeds benefit the children in the arts programs of the Hill House Association.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank the EQT Corporation, PPG Industries Foundation, and Goldman Sachs Gives for their support of this Community Engagement Concert.

Thomas Hong is the assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Orchestre National de France and also associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, he was on the faculty of The Shepherd School Pre-College at Rice University, teaching piano to young students. He was also a part of the Just for U Music Program (JUMP!) at the university, dialoging and interacting with children as well as performing for them.

Gold Medalist at the 2003 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, Grand Prize winner at the 2004 Mizner Centre for the Arts Music Scholarship and special jury prize winner at the 2001 Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, violinist Sylvia Kim has been a winner in local, national, and international competitions since age 11. Kim has performed as a soloist with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Czech Moravian Virtuosi Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Montgomery Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Harid Philharmonia and the Lynn Philharmonia. She has collaborated with conductors such as Enrique Batiz, George Albert Schram, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Arthur Weisberg and Jon Robertson. She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008.

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