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, September 12, 2018. Members and guests come together as we kick off our year with a luncheon at the Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley Heights. Activities begin at 11:00 AM. Melia Tourangeau, PSO President and CEO, will be presented with a check representing the fundraising results of PSA and the Affiliates. Entertainment by Cello Fury..

PSA OKTOBERFEST,  September 27, 2018. This is the first year for our PSA Oktoberfest celebration. Members and guests are invited to enjoy a casual social and fundraising event at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, an athentic German restaurant and brewery. We will celebrate Oktoberfest with dinner, bingo and entertainment.

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, but donations are gladly accepted.  Guests may bring their own lunch or order an $11 brown-bag lunch in advance by calling 412.904.3288 or  by emailing Check our website ( for menus and order deadlines. Lunch is available from 11:15 AM onward.

     Monday, Oct. 1, 2018: Manfred Honeck, Music Director, "Beyond the Baton"
     Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018: Victoria Luperi, Clarinet, "A Musical Journey Across the World"
     Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019: Micah Wilkinson, Trumpet, "Break a Lip!"
     Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Dennis O'Boyle, Violin, "Mother Tongue"
     Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Brandon McLean, Bass, "The Art and Angst of Auditioning"

SUNDAY BRUNCH AND CONCERT, October 7, 2018; February 24, 2019, and April 14, 2019.  PSA members are invited to attend 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.

NEW MEMBER WELCOME, October 11, 2018; 11:30 - 3:30 pm. New members of Pittsburgh Symphony Association are invited to lunch with some of PSA officers, committee chairs and other members at Peter Allen's Restaurant at 11:30, followed by a tour of Heinz Hall, including the backstage and other areas seldom seen by non-musicians. All members are welcome to participate. 

PIANO MONSTER, Oct. 27, 4.30-6:30pm. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra unleashes the Piano Monster with a dazzling piano performance event at Fort Pitt Piano, 8872 Covenant Ave, McCandless Crossing, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237. Only 90 admissions will be sold. $50. Reservations

SYMPHONY SPLENDOR, Sunday, November 18, 2018. This fifth Holiday Home Tour is a wonderful fundraising project of the PSA. This year, guests will be graciously welcomed into  exquisitely  designed and decorated mansions and homes   in the spectacular Upper St. Clair neighborhood. . The spirit of the season will prevail with 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 for the ultimate benefit of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A Patron Party accompanies this event.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, Tuesday, December 4, 2018Our festively decorated Holiday Luncheon at the Duquesne Club will feature holiday shopping, unique centerpieces, and delicious holiday fare.  Guests are welcome to join the celebration, as we enjoy a performance by PSO musicians, and share in delightful camaraderie. 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.

ORCHESTRA APPRECIATION BREAKS,  Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and Thursday, May 16, 2019 are held on a rehearsal day at Heinz Hall. OA breaks provide all PSA members with a rare opportunity to engage on a personal level with PSO musicians. The events are generally theme-centered with lite bites 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.

PLEDGE FOR THE PIANO DINNER. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019,5:30 PM. Join fellow PSA members and guests for dinner at Grand Concourse restaurant to donate, make your pledge or celebrate our progress toward our goal of a new Steinway concert grand piano for PSO. Reservations $50 each due by Feb. 20. Reservations

PSA NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY, Friday, March 8, 2019.  It begins with cocktails and dinner in the Mozart Room before the concertOr you might choose to simply attend the concert only, for which discounted group tickets will be available. Encourage friends and family to fill the Hall for the 8:00 PM concerfeaturing Berlioz's Damnation of Faust.

NEW MEMBER WELCOME, MARCH 15, 2019, 1:00-4:00 PM. A special event at the Duquesne Club to honor new members, it begins with a tour of the Club's art collection, 1:00-2:00 PM, followed by Winter Tea in the Club's Library and Duquesne Room. Limited to 30 guests. $30 per person, reservations due no later than Feb. 26.

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

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, 2019, 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 by 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.

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