Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Receives $120,000 Challenge Grant from Musicians, Board

Challenge grant supports Pittsburgh Symphony Annual Fund by encouraging others to donate; will match new donations and gift increases

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced today that the 120-year-old organization has received a $120,000 challenge grant from the symphony’s musicians and board members.

In recognition of the 120th anniversary season of the orchestra, 100% of the symphony’s musicians donated to the current Annual Fund. Together with gifts from the Board of Trustees, the musicians’ gift is the foundation of this challenge grant to the community.

“It was important for the musicians during this anniversary season to both show our financial support of the artistic excellence of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and our appreciation of the generosity of the orchestra’s donors,” said Micah Howard, chair of the orchestra committee. “The generosity and support of our donors makes it possible for this world-class orchestra to thrive and grow in musical excellence, educational offerings and international acclaim.”

The anniversary challenge grant will match dollar-for-dollar any new or increased gifts to the 2015-2016 Annual Fund. All gifts must be received by May 3 to qualify for the match.

“From live concerts in Heinz Hall to award-winning recordings, from global tours of critical acclaim to education and community concerts, musician school visits and health & wellness programs, everything the Pittsburgh Symphony does is made possible by our local supporters and patrons,” says Devin McGranahan, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The board was moved to recognize that support with this challenge grant in honor of this anniversary season. We are honored to be able to provide this challenge grant to encourage others to deepen their support or donate to the Pittsburgh Symphony for the first time.”

Gifts can be made online at pittsburghsymphony.org/donate or by calling 412-392-4880.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating 120 years of music in the 2015-2016 season, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 — including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America —t he Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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