Pittsburgh’s Diverse Voices Harmonize in Singing City

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2013




Grand-scale choral event opens Music for the Spirit Festival


PITTSBURGH –On April 20, 2013, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will kick off the week-long Music for the Spirit Festival in grand fashion with Singing City, a large-scale, historic concert event at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center. 

Singing City, presented by Trib Total Media, marks a cultural milestone for the city of Pittsburgh and will feature PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in performance with an ensemble of over 2,500 voices comprised from more than 65 Pittsburgh area choirs.  Repertoire highlights include the Chorale Finale of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” as well as the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for a cappella choir, “Sing As One,” by Pittsburgh native, Jonny Priano. 

The program will also feature familiar and popular pieces, such as Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” the final movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and the theme from Schindler’s List—with a violin solo performed by PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley.  Guest musicians will include soprano Katy Schackleton Williams, among others, and the Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh will also make a special appearance.

Singing City will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace Street. Tickets are $5 (children age 12 and under), $10 (students) and $20 (general public).  Please visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/singingcity for more information.

The inaugural Music for the Spirit Festival is an extraordinary city-wide series of concerts, lectures, and special events taking place from April 20, 2013 through April 28, 2013. For more information about all Festival events, please visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/spirit.


A major goal of Singing City is to reach a large and diverse audience, emphasizing the tremendous power that music has to bring people together and promote a spiritual and universal message. Choirs include individuals of all ages, genders, and experience levels. Many area colleges and universities will be represented, including Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, Clarion University, Robert Morris University, Saint Vincent College, Washington and Jefferson College, and Pennsylvania State University, Behrend, to name a few.


Cardinal Donald Wuerl will offer the inaugural Music for the Spirit Festival address as part of Singing City, and guest speakers will include University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Richard Simmons.


The PSO would like to thank and recognize Trib Total Media for its presenting sponsorship of Singing City.  The PSO would also like to recognize its supporting partners for this event:  Federated Investors, Inc., Catharine M. Ryan & John T. Ryan III, and Roy & Susan Dorrance.




Contact: James Barthen, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4835 | email: jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Associate Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org

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