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Heroes and Inspirations

Heroes and Inspirations

Heroes and Inspirations

Heroes and Inspirations

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 2:30pm
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • 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 performance will provide patrons with the opportunity to enjoy a symphony concert together with family and friends in a relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome to come and appreciate the music in his or her own way at this event!

Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in an inclusive concert experience featuring musical selections that celebrate superheroes, astronauts, athletes, teachers, and other extraordinary characters and individuals. Special guests will include vocalists Katy Williams and Ricky Manning, visual artist Marcel Walker, lyricist Sara Pyszka, and astronaut Jay Apt.

Enjoy opportunities for audience participation, including an America the Beautiful sing-along, during the performance, and submit artwork of your favorite hero or inspiration to be shown at the concert! Don't forget to come early to experience engaging, multisensory pre-concert activities, and visit the resource fair to discover some of the many accessible recreational opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region. See our list of participating organizations to learn who you might meet in the resource fair or other activity rooms.

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 is offering pre-visit materials to help patrons prepare for the trip to Heinz Hall. Start getting ready for the performance today with these materials, which include:

- A story about going to Heinz Hall to see Heroes and Inspirations

- A picture schedule introducing the instruments of the orchestra

- A Heroes and Inspirations preview video featuring Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and Principal Contrabassoon Jim Rodgers

- A Spotify playlist of the Heroes and Inspirations concert music and recording of the second piece on the program, One Single Voice, written by Lucas Richman and Sara Pyszka

- A tip sheet providing logistical information about your trip to Heinz Hall

- A video recap of last year’s sensory-friendly performance, Celebrate Pittsburgh

At the Pittsburgh Symphony, we understand that life can sometimes be unpredictable for our families. Tickets to our sensory-friendly performances are 100% refundable if a family finds they are unable to attend the day of the performance. This policy applies ONLY to sensory-friendly performances.


Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Katy Shackleton Williams, vocalist
Ricky Manning, vocalist
Marcel Walker, visual artist
Sara Pyszka, special guest
Jay Apt, special guest


Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin 
Lucas Richman: One Single Voice
Leo Arnaud: Olympic Fanfare (Bugler's Dream) 
Samuel Ward: America the Beautiful
James Horner: Music from Apollo 13
Antonin Dvorak: "Songs My Mother Taught Me," Opus 55, No. 4 
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Opus 21 IV.  Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace              
John Williams: Theme from Superman 
Johann, Sr. Strauss: Radetzky-March, Opus 228 


Note: All services may not be available at all performances. Click the link above for accessible performance schedule or contact customer service for further assistance.
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