Pittsburgh Symphony in the Community



On December 6thVictoria Luperi went to Children’s Hospital of UPMC for five bedside presentations. Victoria also donated a signed copy of the book used at the Tiny Tots Concert to the library at the Hospital. 


PSO staff met last week with the Carnegie Museum of Art to secure programming for three yoga sessions this winter and three in-gallery performances for the spring Enlightenment exhibit. Also, we are planning our 25th Anniversary Fiddlesticks Gala on March 10th.  We outlined stations and activities for the Gala at our recent visit to the Carnegie Science Center.


 Invitations were sent out this week for a Meet and Greet Reception on December 11th to relaunch our partnership with the Hill District and to announce the January 20th concert “Lift Every Voice: Resounding Music, Arts, and Legacy”.  This concert will feature the world premiere of the August Wilson Symphony, a five-part symphony in tribute to Pittsburgh’s iconic playwright August Wilson. Phylicia Rashad will be our celebrity host and narrator. Tickets are now on sale for the concert. Help us spread the word!  (Flyer is attached!)

The Creation, Manfred Honeck Profiled

MusicalAmerica Worldwide in its Dec. 7 issue featured Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's production of Haydn's The Creation along with a profile of Maestro Honeck.   George Loomis's review of the performance included a brief history of the PSO's notable conductors, mentioned the summer's European tour and concluded with recent speculation about Maestro Honeck as the replacement for the conductor's role at New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, concluding with a quote from Honeck: "I do love it here."

Read the entire article here



PSO has added another Trevor Noah show on January 5, 2018 at 10PM as the 7:30PM show sold out within a week.

Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, December 2 was a sell-out performance, and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses on December 14 is currently sold out.  

PSO's New Principal Trumpet

Micah Wilkinson, the new Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, begins his post January 15, 2018.

Micah has  enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber artist and professor. He is currently the Principal Trumpet of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, a title he has held since the fall of 2014. He previously held positions with the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and the Tucson Symphony.

A native of Norcross, GA., Micah is a graduate of St. Olaf College, and pursued additional studies at Arizona State University and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. His primary teachers include Martin Hodel, David Hickman, Larry Black and Anthony Plog. He currently lives in San Diego along with his wife Stefani, their daughters Eleanor and Amelia, and their Basset Hound Barber. We look forward to having Micah and his family with us and wish him them an easy transition to Pittsburgh!

PSO to Premiere August Wilson Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present World Premiere of Kathryn Bostic’s AUGUST WILSON SYMPHONY Narrated by Phylicia Rashad

by Laura Soldati
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 five 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 WilsoSymphony 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.