You're Invited: An Afternoon with Benjamin Zander

PSA members are invited to join others of the entire Pittsburgh Symphony organization on Monday, March 19, and welcome the renowned conductor, author and performer at 4 pm for Maestro Zander's presentation in Heinz Hall (enter through lobby) and a reception in the Grand Lobby.

This event is co-sponsored by the Orchestra Committee, Board and Management of the PSO, and is presented free of charge. In addition, each affiliated attendee will receive a copy of Benjamin Zander's The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.

Please RSVP for this important event here or call 412.392.4864

Mr. Zander is a highly effective and sought-after motivational speaker who uses classical music, stories and concepts to inspire new perspectives on leadership and awaken the possibilities in audiences. Using the metaphor of the orchestra and a lifetime of experience conducting, coaching and teaching musicians, he has been successful in helping organizations empower themselves to overcome barriers to productivity and reignite the spark of passionate creativity innate in their memberships.

He is conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings that have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander's now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. Their recordings of Mahler's 9th and Bruckner's 5th Symphony were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance. Their latest recording, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.

Mr. Zander is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has given both the opening and the closing Keynote addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations." In 2002 he was awarded the "Caring Citizen of the Humanities" Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations. In honor of his 70th birthday and 45 years of teaching he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory, whose faculty he joined in 1967.

His partner, Rosamund Zander, and he collaborated on The Art of Possibility, which has been translated into 15 languages.