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For many, enjoying a night of music with the Pittsburgh Symphony is a treat only experienced during the musical season. But, for Noel Squitieri, it was life.

“Most of our friends were Dad’s colleagues and we were often at each other’s houses to socialize. During the off-season, friends would come over to play quartets in our living room, or next door where there was a grand piano. Those times were magical. The soundscape of our house was the symphony, opera, and ballet.” His father, Henry Squitieri, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1931, playing second violin for 46 years.

During that time, Noel remembers seeing many of his father’s concerts at the Syria Mosque. “I loved that music hall, for it was where I saw Dad play most often.” He also had the opportunity to see William Steinberg conduct. “The love and respect between Maestro Steinberg and the musicians of the orchestra could be seen and heard as I watched and listened from my seat.”

But concerts are only one of the many wonderful memories. “Dad and his friends coming to school to give short concerts promoting the Young People’s Concerts series. Mordecai Applebaum’s Sears scooter, which he rode wearing a black beret and cape with bright scarlet lining. The tour bus Dad rode in named, ‘Have Cards Will Travel’. Going along with Dad to a house party for Yehudi Menuhin, which was so beat I’ve never forgotten the sights and sounds. Having my photograph taken backstage with Jack Benny after a rehearsal. Helping Mark Pancerev move. Learning backgammon at Dick Holland’s house. Going to the 202 Diner at 2:00 AM for eggs after a concert at the Temple Music Festival.”

What’s one memory that is unexpected? Noel was an honorary member of the unofficial Pittsburgh Symphony Motorcycle Club. “That was another experience altogether!”

Even with all of the musical experiences growing up, Noel didn’t pick up the violin. “Dad tried to teach me, but I was a poor student. Rather, growing up listening to Dad play at home and on stage, I simply couldn’t stand the horrible noises I made, so I avoided making them by never practicing.” He did, however, made it to the stage as a guitarist. “It’s surf music…but I think Dad’s pleased. He always told me I could…and I did! I owe it to Dad because he inspired me to play music after all.”

“When Dad passed away a few years after retiring, the Pittsburgh Symphony hosted a memorial tribute in the Heinz Hall lobby. Many of Dad’s friends played chamber music. The room was jammed, and the feelings of love shown to Dad that day are indelible and will never leave me.”

After being away from Pittsburgh for thirty-two years, one of the first things Noel did after returning was reconnect with the orchestra.

“A number of Dad’s colleagues are still performing, or still live in the area…and I’ve managed to get in touch with many of them to talk about the good old days.”

Now, Noel has a daughter of his own to pass on the Squitieri musical legacy. “My daughter Corradina was born after Dad passed away, but she knows him through my stories and the records I play. She loves everyone in the orchestra, who are all so kind to her. Cory excitedly looks forward to every performance, and always makes sure to greet everyone she can before or after a concert. I’m building a collection for her of photographs with everyone.”

“The Pittsburgh Symphony has been an essential part of my life from the beginning and remains so today.
Sharing the orchestra and musicians with my daughter is one of the great highlights of my life.”

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PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Liza Prijatel Thors as Vice President of Communications.  She will lead the PSO’s communications team by overseeing and executing broad national and regional initiatives while also guiding day-to-day media and social relations. She will begin her tenure on January 2, 2018. Thors brings a vast wealth of cross-genre music and performing arts experience and knowledge to the PSO, having spent seven years as partner at Rebecca Davis Public Relations, representing organizations, artists and record labels including the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Music Center in Los Angeles, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, KODO, Robin Gibb, Sophie Milman, Sarah Chang, Universal Music Group and more. Prior, she was an Associate Vice President at entertainment PR agency Susan Blond Inc., representing clients Sandra Bernhard, Rakim and Bulldog Gin, to name a few.  Her career kicked off in the publicity department of Universal Classics Group (the Decca, Deutsche Gramophone and Decca Broadway labels) working with artists Renée Fleming, Elvis Costello, Andrea Bocelli and on GRAMMY winning Original Cast recordings of Wicked and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Thors is a trained actor, singer and pianist, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) School of Theatre, Film and Television.  She also holds a certificate from Mike Nichols and Paul Sills’ New Actors Workshop, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.

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PITTSBURGH — On Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Grammy Award-winning conductor Lucas Richman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will premiere Kathryn Bostic’s August Wilson Symphony. Through music, art and text, the program will include tributes to two Pittsburgh Hill District legacies, photographer Teenie Harris and playwright August Wilson, as well as a visual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Local artists and ensembles will also showcase talent in the Pittsburgh region. Tony Award-winning actress, Phylicia Rashad, will narrate. Tickets are $25-$65 and are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org or by calling (412) 392-4900.

Composed by Kathryn Bostic, the August Wilson Symphony pays tribute to the iconic playwright with music inspired by the 10 Plays Wilson wrote based on his life experiences growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Phylicia Rashad will be the host and narrator for the concert. Ms. Rashad will read passages from August Wilson’s plays before each movement.

Kathryn Bostic scored several August Wilson plays including Gem of the Ocean (Broadway), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (directed by Phylicia Rashad), and Radio Golf. The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh hired her to score and sound design scenes from his plays in the 2011 August in August tribute to the playwright. Bostic also scored the PBS American Masters documentary August Wilson – The Ground on Which I Stand, which inspired her to create the August Wilson Symphony and will include narrated excerpts from his plays.

Also featured on the program is 14 year-old cellist, Ifetayo Ali, who was the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Sphinx Competition, performing Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor. The program will also include pianist, composer, and vocalist, Kathryn Bostic, performing her own composition State of Grace, a tribute to playwright August Wilson. A percussion ensemble from the Pittsburgh Cultural Arts Collective, under the direction of Thomas Chatman, will open the program, followed by vocalist Anqwenique who will perform Take My Hand, Precious Lord.

A jazz combo will perform a piece about Teenie Harris called Teenie Time by Jay Ashby that will feature the PSO’s Jeffrey Grubbs on contrabass and Victoria Luperi on clarinet. The Hill District Unity Choir led by Director Jason Washington will close the concert with a special arrangement of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Richard Smallwood’s An Anthem of Praise.

Before the concert, audiences are invited to come to exhibits and pre-concert presentations throughout Heinz Hall. A jazz combo featuring Alton Merrell, Jeffrey Grubbs, James Johnson III, and Anqwenique will play in the Grand Lobby following the concert.

This concert marks a re-launch of a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Hill District community.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania for its supporting partnership of this concert.  This concert is also generously supported by Macedonia FACE.

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PITTSBURGH—The public is invited to visit Heinz Hall to enjoy the traditional Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Menorah displays this holiday season.   The tree and menorah are displayed in the Grand Lobby and will be open to public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The holiday decorations also can be viewed by ticket holders attending performances at Heinz Hall this month. All dates are listed below.    The 22-foot Fraser Fir comes from Rossman Farm in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. It has been decorated in a “Winter Wonderland” theme with gold musical instrument ornaments. The tree was trimmed by Plantscape and was delivered and set up by Eichenlaub, Inc.   Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the holiday sponsor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.   Heinz Hall will be open to the public on the following dates:   11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1   12/4, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8   12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15   12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22 ? *  *  * The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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 Machinein 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org. # # # Contact: Laura D. Soldati, Interim Director of Public Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsoldati@pittsburghsymphony.org Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra
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These BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts are part of the orchestra’s Music for the Spirit series

 PITTSBURGH — Opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the third in a series of collaborations bringing to life great musical masterpieces through a provocative and modern-day lens.  Following staged interpretations of Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion, Helfrich returns this season to illuminate the “six most famous days in all of history” with a theatrical/symphonic presentation of Haydn’s beloved The Creation, December 1 & 3, 2017 at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Tickets and information can be found online at pittsburghsymphony.org, or by calling (412) 392-4900.

Presented in three acts, Helfrich’s Creation offers a unique twist on the biblical “Creation Story.” The first two acts take place in a schoolroom, where the teacher, Uriel (tenor Werner Gura), begins a lesson about creation, based on Christian religious imagery. Then the students Gabriel (soprano Rachele Gilmore) and Raphael (bass Alexander Elliott) present visual reports on their understanding of creation. Act III is a story about first love. Raphael and Gabriel, now teenagers, sit shyly, getting to know each other, as if at a high school dance. As Uriel, still the teacher, observes from a distance, we are finally led to understand that this is the lesson about creation that he’s been teaching us all along: a celebration of life and love given to us from above.

Throughout the performance, the Heinz Hall stage will be illuminated with video and visual imagery designed by cinematographer Greg Emetaz. Audiences can expect to see abstract photography, scenes of nature and industry, and film footage that reference and enhance the music.

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On November 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck and Director Sam Helfrich will explore the creative intersection of music, art, and spoken word in PSO @ City of Asylum: “Reimagining Creation,” at Alphabet City (40 W. North Ave) on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the City of Asylum, has created a series of five events in the 2017-18 season that will employ and reflect the expertise and experiences of the artists of these two innovative groups. Themes and content have been jointly created to incorporate composers, musicians, poets, writers, and artists from Pittsburgh and around the globe. Each session ties into a theme on a Pittsburgh Symphony BNY Mellon Grand Classical performance and attendees will receive discounts to these concerts.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2017-2018 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics.  Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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UPMC HEALTH PLAN TO ALSO SUPPORT FREE CHILDREN’S ADMISSION TO BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS THANKSGIVING CONCERTS NOVEMBER 24 & 26, 2017

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that UPMC Health Plan will be the presenting sponsor of three 30-minute mini-concerts to be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during “Light Up Night” in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, November 17, 2017. The concerts, conducted by PSO Associate Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will run every 30 minutes between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Each 30-minute concert will feature different selections of holiday-themed classics such as Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, selections from Handel’s Messiah, and the Overture to Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, among others. Each performance will end with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Audiences are invited to come for one concert, or stay for all three.

On Friday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m., PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck will continue his Thanksgiving tradition by leading BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Vienna & Violin Virtuosity, a program of light-Viennese favorites such as waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss. This year, joining the PSO on the Heinz Hall stage as a soloist will be 16-year old violinist, Noa Wildschut.

For both of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts on Thanksgiving weekend, UPMC Health Plan will provide free children’s admission. For each adult admission ticket purchased, concert-goers can receive up to two (2) free admission tickets for children ages six to 18. This offer is open to the public and available online, in person at the Heinz Hall box office or by calling 412.392.4900.

“Thanks to generous support from UPMC Health Plan, thousands of first-time patrons will have an opportunity to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony free-of-charge in historic Heinz Hall. These concerts enable the PSO to share its music with a broader audience and contribute to the cultural vitality of downtown Pittsburgh” said PSO President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Contact: Laura D. Soldati, Interim Director of Public Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsoldati@pittsburghsymphony.org

Twitter: @pghsymphony | Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Because of a hand injury, PSO Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen will not be playing the Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra originally programmed for the concerts on November 3 & 5, 2017. Principal Flute Lorna McGhee will instead be playing the Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra. Mozart’s Overture to Idomeneo will also be added at the beginning of the program.

The revised program is below:

Mozart:  Overture to Idomeneo, Rè  di Creta, K. 366

Mozart: Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra, K. 285c [313]

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Adagio non troppo

iii. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto

Ms. McGhee

INTERMISSION

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, “The Great”

  1. Andante- Allegro, ma non troppo
  2. Andante con moto

iii. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

  1. Allegro vivace

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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), André 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. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that through the 2022-2023 season, UBS, the worldwide financial services firm, will be known as the “Title Sponsor” of the PSO’s Encore Lounge, the exclusive donor lounge that is used during intermissions of all BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts. The lounge will now be rebranded as the UBS Encore Lounge.

“The USB Encore Lounge is a terrific incentive for individual and corporate donors who contribute philanthropic support,” says Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “The Lounge represents an important and ongoing connection the PSO has with its contributors, and having UBS attached as the title sponsor, adds a special touch point to those who help sustain our programs and initiatives. We couldn’t be happier about this sponsorship!”

“UBS is a strong supporter of the arts in many markets around the world and we are thrilled to be able to extend that support locally to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  As one of the world’s top wealth management firms, we are excited to be associated with one of the world’s top symphonies,” said UBS Branch Office Managers Matt Prepelka, Jameson Viljaste, and Lou Sforza.

Debuting in 2015, the new Encore Lounge is an exclusive space on the Grand Tier Level of Heinz Hall. During intermission at all BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts, it functions as a lounge for major individual donors who give at the $1,750+ level and corporate donors who give at the $2,500+ level. Donors enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and discounted wine and may also bring guests. They also have access to exclusive restrooms and are also often introduced to musicians of the Orchestra.

The PSO and Heinz Hall will consider other UBS-branded surprise-and-delight ideas for UBS Encore Lounge members throughout the six year partnership.

With a 150-year history and a network of offices in over 50 countries on 5 continents, UBS has extensive experience managing the wealth of high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals.

The UBS Wealth Management Americas approach is based on the trusted relationship of our Financial Advisors and their clients. Our experienced Advisors are committed to understanding clients’ needs and delivering insightful, informed advice to help them realize their dreams.

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Guest Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi has cancelled his appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on November 3 – 5, 2017. Music Director Manfred Honeck will step in to lead the Orchestra.

Although the healing has gone well from a fall he suffered earlier this year, Mo. von Dohnányi has been told by his doctors that he will need further strengthening and physical therapy before he can resume traveling and conducting. The hope is that he will be back on the podium in Europe after the first of the year, but he has had to cancel his tour of five U.S. orchestras this November/December.

Because of this change, Mo. Honeck will be conducting a revised program. Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta will be replaced with Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, a piece that hasn’t been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1984. PSO Principal Flute Lorna McGhee and PSO Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen will be the soloists.

The revised program is below:

MOZART:  Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra

Lorna McGhee, flute

Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp

Intermission

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “The Great”

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The 2017-2018 season marks Maestro Manfred Honeck’s 10th Anniversary with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the season, there will be many opportunities to celebrate this milestone. Please visit pittsburghsymphony.org/Manfred for more information on these programs and events.

In January 2007, Manfred Honeck was appointed as the Pittsburgh Symphony’s ninth music director, and began this position at the start of the 2008-2009 season. Throughout his tenure, Honeck and the Orchestra have recorded 13 CDs, have been nominated for two Grammy Awards, have toured in 14 countries on three continents, have premiered 15 new works, have launched multiple new concert formats and collaborated with some of the world’s greatest artists, all while growing and cultivating partnerships to reach more audiences in Pittsburgh and around the world.

“These 10 years of music- making with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have truly been a gift to my life,” says Honeck. “I am so excited to celebrate an amazing decade in Pittsburgh with this incredible orchestra and our wonderful patrons and subscribers. I am especially looking forward to presenting to Pittsburgh new pieces commissioned to celebrate this milestone year and introducing 15 new talented guest artists to Pittsburgh.”

“We are so excited to dedicate this season to celebrating Manfred,” says PSO president and CEO Melia Tourangeau. “During his time at the helm, we have recorded award-winning albums, represented Pittsburgh around the world, and performed exquisite music that has touched the lives of many. Under his baton, we continue to establish our place among the great American orchestras.”

Three Pieces Commissioned to Celebrate this Milestone Year
Throughout Manfred Honeck’s 10 years with the Orchestra, one project that has touched him significantly is Music for the Spirit. In 2004, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican. The concert honored the pope’s lifelong commitment to interfaith understanding and reconciliation of the Christians, Jews and Muslims. From that beginning, a partnership developed between the PSO and the faith communities in Pittsburgh to continue to perform concerts that celebrate the spiritual and universal message of music.

This season, three programs will include a special commission in honor of Honeck’s anniversary, and will have themes that use the power of music to promote and spread a spiritual and universal message. Israeli composer Boris Pigovat’s…therefore choose life…” (September 22-24, 2017) is inspired by the well-known passage in Deuteronomy (30:19), which contrasts “life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.” James MacMillan’s Larghetto for Orchestra (October 27-29, 2017) is the orchestrated version of his choral work, Miserere, a setting of 17th Century composer Gregorio Allegri’s Psalm 51: 3-21. And Iranian composer Reza Vali’s Isfahan Calligraphy No. 16 (June 8-10, 2017), uses Persian-influenced musical technique known as “Isfahan,” named after the Persian city where it was developed. The ancient city of Isfahan also served as an intersection of many of the world’s religions.
15 Guest Artists to Perform in Pittsburgh for the First Time
This season, Manfred Honeck will continue his tradition of introducing new talent to the City of Pittsburgh. Throughout the season, 15 guest artists will make their debuts with the Orchestra:

Ray Chen, violin
Noa Wildschut, violin
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Vilde Frang, violin
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Igor Levit, piano
Rafael Payare, conductor
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Rachele Gilmore, soprano
Werner Gura, tenor
Kate Aldrich, mezzo-soprano
Keon-woo Ki, tenor
Jan Martinik, bass

Honeck to Conduct at Least One New Piece on Every Program He Conducts Throughout Season
Nearly every program led by Honeck will feature at least one piece that he will conduct with the Pittsburgh Symphony for the first time. Those pieces are:

John Adams    Lollapalooza (September 22-24, 2017)
Pigovat            …therefore choose life… (September 22-24, 2017)
SaintSaëns      Organ Symphony (September 22-24, 2017)
MacMillan        Larghetto for Orchestra (October 27-29, 2017)
Schumann       Cello Concerto (October 27-29, 2017)
Chausson        Poeme (November 24 & 26, 2017)
Ravel               Tzigane (November 24 & 26, 2017)
Haydn              Creation (December 1-3, 2017)
Prokofiev         Symphony No. 5  (March 2 & 4, 2018)
Beethoven        Piano Concerto No. 2 (March 2 & 4, 2018)
Janácek            Sinfonietta (March 2 & 4, 2018)
Vali                  Isfahan (Calligraphy No. 16) (June 8 &10, 2017)
Liszt                 Les Preludes (June 8 &10, 2017)
Wagner            Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (June 8 &10, 2017)
Berlioz                         Te Deum, Opus 22 (June 15-17, 2018)

Lobby Display
From September 22 – December 14, 2017, an archival display featuring photographs, programs, and important memorabilia of Honeck’s 10 seasons with the Orchestra will be on display on the Grand Tier of Heinz Hall.

Side-By-Side Concert
On April 23, 2018 at 7pm, Manfred Honeck will conduct a special concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the EQT Student Side-By-Side program, featuring the student musicians of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Launch of PSO360
In honor of Manfred Honeck’s 10th Anniversary, the PSO will launch a new concert format called PSO360. Featuring 200 seats in-the-round on the Heinz Hall stage, the concerts offer listeners an intimate experience with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians and special guest artists, two of which are performing with the PSO for the first time. Upcoming concerts include:

  • Ray Chen performing music from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” on an historic “Joachim” Stradivarius violin

(October 14, 2017)

  • Pianist Kirill Gerstein performing the original jazz band version of Rhapsody in Blue and other solo piano works

(January 27, 2018)

  • Grammy award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performing works by Niccolo Paganini and others

(May 19, 2017)

City of Asylum
Also new this season, in honor of Manfred Honeck’s 10th Anniversary, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will partner with the City of Asylum (COA) to create a series of five events in the 2017-18 season that will explore the intersections of creativity, expression, and community. The musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, like the artists at City of Asylum, come to Pittsburgh from across the globe. They have varied experiences and backgrounds, but they have a common drive to be part of a larger artistic community. The series of performances and conversations will be presented in the new Alphabet City space on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Tickets are free, but registration is required. More info is available at pittsburghsymphony.org.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Alphabet City @ 8pm
“Suppression, Creativity and Artistic Resilience; focusing on Russia and the Holocaust,” featuring The Clarion Ensemble

Monday, November 27, 2017, Alphabet City @ 8pm
“Reimagining Creation” featuring Director Sam Helfrich and Manfred Honeck

Thursday, January 25, 2018, Alphabet City @ 8pm
“Venezuela: Turmoil and Artistic Vitality” featuring Rafael Payare, Conductor

Thursday, March 15, 2018, Alphabet City @ 8pm
“Inspiration and Tenacity,” featuring works by female composers

Thursday, June 7, 2018, Alphabet City @ 8pm
“From Persia to Pittsburgh” featuring Composer Reza Vali

Reception Honoring Manfred Honeck
On April 19, 2018, the Third Annual Maestro’s Wine Dinner at the Duquesne Club will honor Manfred Honeck’s 10th Anniversary.  It is an evening of wine and music featuring a chamber group comprised of PSO Musicians.  Tickets range from $500 to $10,000 and it is open to the public. Tickets and more information will be available beginning October 15.

ABOUT MANFRED HONECK
Renowned for his distinctive interpretations, Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. The 2017-2018 season will mark ten years of this acclaimed partnership and in honor of the occasion in Pittsburgh, three of the programs throughout the year will feature a special commission to commemorate this decade of successful music-making. Consistently recognized for their performances, Honeck and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad and regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have also built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna. Following a week-long residency in 2012, they returned for three performances in the course of an extensive tour of Europe in spring 2016.  Their most recent tour lead them to Europe’s most prestigious music festivals, including the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival and Lucerne Festival.

Manfred Honeck’s successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been extensively documented on recordings with the Reference and Exton labels.  All SACDs released by Reference Recordings, amongst them Strauss tone poems and suites, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphonies No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and, most recently, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, have received numerous rave reviews and honors. The recording of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from Janácek’s opera Jenufa, conceptualized by the artist himself, was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was Bruckner’s Fourth. Several recordings, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, which won a 2012 International Classical Music Award, are also available on the Japanese label Exton.

Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and as artistic leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. Other early posts include Leipzig, where he was one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Oslo, where he assumed the post of Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera on short notice for a year and was engaged as Principal Guest Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for several years. From 2000 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and, from 2008 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2016, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Verdi’s Aida, Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal, as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. Moreover, he has been Artistic Director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than twenty years.

As a guest conductor, Manfred Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic. Orchestras he conducted in the United States include New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. He is also a regular guest at the Verbier Festival. In the 2017-2018 season, he will conduct the New Year’s Concert of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, return to the Orchestre de Paris, Chicago Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony and also continue his regular collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony and Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities. In 2016, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by the Austrian Federal President.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, 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. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Awards in 2015 and 2016. 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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