Events and Activities


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2018-2019 PSA Events and Activities
--for new members and guests, an explanation of Events and Activities

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

OKTOBERFEST, BEETHOVEN, BINGO, Sept. 27, 2018. Our newest fundraiser with the emphasis on fun. Join us for an evening of dinner, music and bingo. There will be great prizes and a silent auction. See invitation in Newsletter.

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 an $11 brown-bag lunch in advance by calling 412.904.3288 or  by emailing for menus and order deadlines. Lunch is available from 11:15 AM onwards.

     Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2018: Manfred Honeck, Music Director, "Beyond the Baton"
     Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2018: Victoria Luperi, Clarinet, "A Musical Journey Across the World"
     Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019: Micah Wilkinson, Trumpet, "Break a Lip"
     Wednesday, March 14, 2019: Dennis O'Boyle, Violin, "Mother Tongue"
     Wednesday, April 25, 2019: Brandon McLean, Bass, "The Art and Angst of Auditioning"

SYMPHONY SPLENDOR, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, Upper St. Clair.This 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,  Feb. 13, 2019, May 16, 2019 in Heinz Hall. Provides 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. 

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 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, Oct. 7, Feb. 24 and April 14.  PSA members are invited to attend brunch and socialize at three Heinz Hall Sunday Brunches. 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 ask PSA members and guests to make reservations in advance to allow us the opportunity to sit together and share in the fellowship of our special organization prior to the concerts.

PSA NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY, March 8, 2019.  Dinner in the Mozart Room at 6 pm, preceding the concert featuring Berlioz's Damnation of Faust. Members are asked to make advance reservations in order to sit together.

SWEEPSTAKES, April, 2019 - June 2019. Sweepstakes is the PSA's signature fundraiser. The logo has become recognizable to thousands of cultural arts supporters in the Pittsburgh area. The fabulous prizes include a $5,000 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 7, 2019.  This is our last Membership luncheon of the year and will be held at the LeMont Restaurant on scenic Mt. Washington. Entertainment will be provided b PSO musicians.

SYMPHONY SALON, June 2, 2019. PSA members and guests are invited to attend a cocktail party with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a wide range of silent auction items. Entertainment will be provided by PSO musicians.

FINE INSTRUMENT FUND. The Fine Instrument Fund (FIF), established in 1984, is 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 to use as a memorial. Since 1988 the FIF has purchased 22 instruments for the PSO. We last purchased an English horn.