Events and Activities


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2018-2019 PSA Events and Activities

                                 --for new members and guests--an explanation of activities and events--

KICK-OFF LUNCHEON, Sept. 12, 2018. Members and guests come together as we kick off our year with a luncheon. 

"SYMPHONY SPLENDOR,' Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018This fifth Holiday Home Tour is a spectacular project of the PSA. Guests will be graciously welcomed into  exquisitely designed and decorated mansions and homes. The spirit of the season will prevail with yuletide carolers and live holiday music in the resplendent homes. What a festive and magical way to begin the holiday season as you casually stroll from one architectural venue to another, all to the ultimate benefit of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

PSA ORCHESTRA APPRECIATION,  Oct. 8, 2018, Feb. 13, 2019, May 16, 2019 in Heinz Hall. They provide all PSA members with a rare opportunity to engage on a personal level with PSO musicians. The events are generally theme-centered with foods provided by PSA volunteers. This initiative is unique to the PSA/PSO; few other orchestra volunteer groups in the US show their gratitude to their musicians in this special way.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, Dec. 4, 2018. Our festively decorated Holiday Luncheon at the Duquesne Club will feature holiday shopping, unique centerpieces, and delicious holiday fare. Please bring guests to join in this celebration, as we enjoy a performance by some PSO musicians, celebrate as the PSA presents monies raised to the PSO, and share in the delightful camaraderie of the PSA. At the boutiques that day one-of-a-kind items, created by local artisans and sold by local stores, will be available for purchase. Boutique vendors graciously donate a portion of their sales to the PSA.

PSA NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY. It will begin with cocktails and dinner in the Mozart Room before the PSO concert.  Or you might choose to attend the concert only for which discounted group tickets will be available. Encourage friends and family to fill the Hall for the 8:00pm concert.

PSA REHEARSAL LUNCH, April 11, 2019. Members and guests of Symphony East and Pittsburgh Symphony Association are invited to share this unique opportunity to observe a rehearsal of the PSO. A luncheon will follow in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall. All members of PSA and Affiliates are encouraged to attend and to invite guests to share in this enriching day.

SUNDAY BRUNCH AND CONCERT.  We will arrange a "PSA Table" at Heinz Hall Sunday brunch this year. Start your special concert day with The Common Plea's renowned Sunday Brunch among PSA friends and guests in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall. We will ask PSA members and guests to send in reservations prior to the brunch, so that we can sit together to share in the camaraderie of our special organization prior to the concerts.

SWEEPSTAKES, December 2018 - June 2019. Sweepstakes is the PSA's signature fundraiser. The logo has become recognizable to the thousands of cultural arts supporters in the Pittsburgh area. The fabulous prizes include a  first place cash prize. In April thousands of entries are mailed to supporters throughout the Pittsburgh area, and in June winning numbers are drawn.

SPRING MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON, May 2, 2019.  Members are encouraged to bring guests who might consider joining PSA to share the special day of music and conversation.

SYMPHONY SALON. PSA members and guests are invited to attend a cocktail party with heavy hors d'oeuvres including a carving station and to bid on a wide range of silent auction items.  Entertainment will be provided by a group of PSO  musicians.

FINE INSTRUMENT FUND. The Fine Instrument Fund (FIF), which was established in 1984, is a fund designated solely for the purchase of instruments for use by PSO musicians while under contract with the PSO. In addition to generous donations, the FIF generates funds through 50/50 raffles at PSA events, and the sale of Commemorative Cards, a distinctive way to acknowledge special events or as a memorial. Since 1988 the FIF has purchased 23 instruments and cases for the PSO.

MUSIC 101 FREE LUNCHTIME LECTURES. 36th Season: Music 101 is a series of informal lecture-recitals by PSO musicians, conductors, composers and key staff. Speakers discuss their lives, careers, and instruments (including short performances), followed by questions from the audience. Open to the public, the lectures are held on weekdays at 12:30 PM in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall. No reservations necessary. Admission is free.  Guests may bring their own lunch or order a $10 brown-bag lunch in advance by calling 412.904.3288 or emailing  Please check here for menus and order deadlines. Lunch is available from 11:15 AM onwards.

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