Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016 ‘Summer with the Symphony’ Series

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016 ‘Summer with the Symphony’ Series

Summer_Web_logoFor the second year, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Summer with the Symphony, a diverse selection of concerts with a little something for everyone! Summer heats up at Heinz Hall with collaborations with musical legends Peter Cetera, Nelly, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; a Classical Summer Party featuring highlights of the upcoming 2016-2017 season and a party in the Heinz Hall Garden with musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; a celebration of veterans at Soldiers & Sailors Hall; musical tributes to David Bowie and the Eagles; and much more!

From hot rock and hip hop concerts to cool evenings in the park, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has something for every taste this summer. The Summer Garden will be the heart of summer at Heinz Hall, featuring open air bars and pre- and post-concert entertainment on selected evenings. Summer with the Symphony is a fantastic way to experience great music and learn about the vast array of performances offered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Save the dates for these exciting concerts:

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival — Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. — Point State Park

The Pittsburgh Symphony returns for another free concert at the 57th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park in downtown, Pittsburgh.

Admission to this concert is free. No reservations required.

SensoryFriendly_LogoHeroes and Inspirations: Sensory-Friendly Concert — Saturday, June 25, 2:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

Open to people of all ages and abilities but designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities or other disabilities, this sensory-friendly concert will provide patrons with the opportunity to enjoy a symphony concert experience – featuring musical selections that celebrate superheroes, astronauts, athletes, teachers and other extraordinary characters and individuals – together with family and friends in a relaxed environment. Attendees will enjoy audience participation opportunities, pre-concert activities and a resource fair.

In addition to keeping house lights partially up and providing fidgets, earplugs and a specially-designed quiet room to help each person regulate his or her sensory stimulation at the event, the Pittsburgh Symphony will offer pre-visit materials to help patrons prepare for the trip to Heinz Hall.

All tickets for Heroes and Inspirations are $15 and are on sale now. Tickets to this concert ONLY are 100% refundable.

Benatar_Giraldo_webPat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

Led by conductor Arnie Roth, rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo join the orchestra for an evening of rock hits with a symphonic twist. Their 35-year partnership created some of the biggest rock songs of the 1980s and 1990s, including “Love Is a Battlefield” and “We Belong.” This event is the world premiere of Benatar and Giraldo’s symphonic rock concert.

Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now.

An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Servicemen and Women — Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland

Presented in collaboration with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns for a second concert celebrating the United States and those who protect it. Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco leads a fun-for-the-whole-family concert of American favorites, such as Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” music from Lincoln by composer John Williams, music from Aaron Copland and other favorites.

Admission to this concert is free. Tickets can be reserved beginning on April 15.

Concerts in the Parks — Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 3, 8:15 p.m. — South Park and Hartwood Acres

The Pittsburgh Symphony presents its annual summer county parks concerts — two free concerts during the Fourth of July weekend that take the symphony out of Heinz Hall and into the great outdoors! This year’s concerts are offered at South Park on July 2 and at Hartwood Acres on July 3. These concerts are part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series.

Admission to these concerts is free. No reservation is required.

PSO_BttF_MARTY_webBack to the Future with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

Recharge your flux capacitor and get ready to celebrate 30+ years of this unforgettable movie classic! Fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before — on a high-definition screen with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, performing the dazzling musical score live! Plus, approximately 20 minutes of additional music by award-winning composer Alan Silvestri has been added to the film’s score especially for this live orchestra presentation.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale on April 15.

Cetera_webPeter Cetera with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and bass player Peter Cetera joins the orchestra, led by guest conductor Arnie Roth, for an evening of classics from the legendary rock group Chicago, including “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.” As a solo artist since 1986, Cetera has recorded 10 CDs — including his #1 hits: Academy Award-nominated song “Glory of Love” from Karate Kid II, “No Explanation” from Pretty Woman and “Restless Heart.”

Tickets start at $39 and go on sale on April 15. 

Nelly_webA Night of Symphonic Hip Hop Featuring Nelly — Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

It’s getting hot in Heinz Hall! Grammy Award-winning rapper/singer-songwriter Nelly joins the Pittsburgh Symphony and Assistant Director Francesco Lecce-Chong for an evening of tail feather-shaking with a symphonic twist.

Tickets start at $39 and go on sale on April 15.


The Magical Music of Harry Potter with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m. — Heinz Hall

A young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs selections from the majestic scores across the series of iconic films, with music by John Williams and more. Dress as a wizard, sorcerer or other Hogwarts favorite and delight in the pre-concert activities. (Please note that this performance does not include film clips.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale on April 15.

Eagles_webWindborne’s Music of the Eagles with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. — Heinz Hall

The first of two rock ’n roll evenings this week, the Music of The Eagles features a full rock band with the Pittsburgh Symphony performing the hits from Hotel California, Desperado, One of These Nights, On the Border and many more.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale on April 15.


Bowie SquareWindborne’s Music of David Bowie with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates this rock giant whose five-decade career left an indelible mark on music. Guest conductor Brent Havens, the Pittsburgh Symphony and a full rock band will take audiences on a symphonic musical odyssey that explores the incredible range of Bowie’s music, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now.

Classical Summer Party with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert entertainment begins at 6 p.m.) — Heinz Hall

Festivities start with pre-concert entertainment and drink specials followed by a concert offering highlights of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics 2016-2017 season ahead. A night for the whole family, this hour-long concert will feature well known and beloved orchestral works by Brahms, Beethoven, Dvořák, Bernstein and more, with musicians telling tales from the stage. As the sun goes down, enjoy post-concert fun and jazz in the Heinz Hall Summer Garden.

All tickets are $30 and go on sale on April 15.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-392-4900, visiting pittsburghsymphony.org or at the Heinz Hall Box Office at 600 Penn Avenue, downtown.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to thank and recognize Trib Total Media for its media sponsorship of select 2016 Summer with the Symphony events.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 120 years in 2016, 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 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the 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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