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Summer with the Symphony: Digital Edition

This summer, we are bringing the concert hall to you, as our Summer with the Symphony series goes digital with five weeks of online programming! From classical encores, to Christmas in July, musical storytelling, and an exclusive Q&A session with Byron Stripling, this summer series is one not to miss!

The Summer Calendar



Previous Weeks

Manfred Honeck conducting

Summer Classical

Encore a Day

We kicked off our Summer with the Symphony programming with a delightful mini-series of musical "bonbons": gems from our recent tour performances across the great stages of the world.  Uncover their secrets: how they're chosen and when they're played. Each encore will include a special introduction by a PSO Musician who shares just what makes these musical works so enchanting. 

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Friday Night Concerts: Piano Masters
Yuja Wang, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Our Friday evening web broadcasts feature a special two week pairing of "Piano Masters" featuring two of the most dynamic and outstanding artists performing today, pianists Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov.  Yuja Wang joins Manfred Honeck and the PSO in a dazzling performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 from the 2013 George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Romania. Daniil Trifonov shares his unbelievable artistry in a spectacular performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 from Berlin, Germany in May 2016.  

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“A Celebration of Summer” Concert
Now available for viewing on demand.

For the first time since early March, we are performing a concert for the public and it's not to be missed! Opening with the lively Praeludieum from Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, and closing with the rousing Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, this concert continues our annual partnership with Allegheny County to present a concert that is free to the public as part of the Allegheny Count Parks Summer Concert Series. More than two dozen members of the strings and percussion sections gathered in June at Hartwood Acres to record this concert that is available here and through the Allegheny County Parks. This concert is sponsored by Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C.

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Heinz Hall Holiday Pops concert

Christmas in July

July 19-25, 2020

We're getting into the holiday spirit a bit early with some fun activities for the entire family! Santa kicks off the week with a special message for us all. And, it's not the holidays without some sweet treats. The Musicians and PSO staff share a special symphony holiday cookie book that is full of personal favorites that are guaranteed to satisfy your holiday appetite. Thank you to WQED-FM for partnering with us for the July 24th special rebroadcast of holiday concerts from over the last few seasons. And a special thank you to the Musicians of the PSO and special guest artists who performed on these concerts.

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Musical Storytelling

July 26-August 1, 2020

Join us as we partner with the Allegheny Country Library Association for their Virtual Summer Reading Program.  Our week of “Musical Storytelling” explored how music can help tell a story, as well as support the emotions and characters in stories. Three books were featured, Dragon Night, Carnival of the Animals, and The Music in George’s Head and were presented by artists, authors, and musicians. Composer Lucas Richman shared how he created the composition Music Can Make Your Life Complete for the Fiddlesticks Family Series, and joined Fiddlesticks, and PSO musicians to show how everyone can create an original musical story.

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Special Family Concert: The Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, August 1; 11:15 pm (EDT)

The week came to a close with a special virtual family concert on Saturday, August 1st. This program presented musical selections from Camille Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals with poetry by Jack Prelutsky read by Pittsburgh poet Toi Derricotte, illustrations by Mary GrandPré, special solo performances by six PSO musicians, with a “Meet the Musicians” post-concert video and introduction by our own musical ambassador, Fiddlesticks!

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