Events and Activities


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2019-20 PSA ACTIVITIES and EVENTS      

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

KICK-OFF LUNCHEON, September 17, 2019: PSA members and guests come together as we kick off our year with a luncheon. Activities begin at 11:00am. Melia Tourangeau, PSO President and CEO, will be presented with a check representing the fundraising results of PSA and the Affiliates. Location to be announced.

PSA OKTOBERFEST, October 3, 2019: This is the second PSA Oktoberfest celebration.  Members and guests are invited to enjoy a casual social and fundraising event at Teutonia Männerchor, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest private clubs.  We will celebrate Oktoberfest with dinner, raffles, bingo and entertainment.

TASTE OF DOWNTOWNNovember 3, 2019, 2:00 - 5:00pm:  PSA members and guests are invited to taste great food and entertainment at a variety of restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh. Music will be provided by the award winning students from Pittsburgh’s Creative Arts and Preforming Arts School.

MUSIC 101 LUNCHTIME LECTURES: 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 12:30pm 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 emailing Lunches are available from 11:15am. Check our website ( for menu options and order deadlines.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020  

SUNDAY BRUNCH AND CONCERT, Oct 20 and Nov 17, 2019; Feb 16, 2020:  PSA members are invited to attend and socialize at the 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.

SYMPHONY SPLENDOR, November 24, 2019: This sixth 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, December 3, 2019: Our 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, 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, October 10, 2019 and March 26, 2020: PSA Orchestra Appreciation Breaks 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 breaks 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.

PSA NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY, Feb 7 and June 19, 2020:  It begins with cocktails and dinner in the Mozart Room before the concert. Or, 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 concert.

REHEARSAL LUNCH, April 23, 2020: 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 the PSA and Symphony East are encouraged to attend and to invite guests to share in this enriching day.

SWEEPSTAKES: 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 12, 2020: This is the last PSA membership luncheon of the year. Location to be announced.

SYMPHONY SALON, June 7, 2020: PSA members and guests are invited to attend an intimate evening event with 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.

   ALL BEGIN AT 11:00am

September 18, 2019
November 20, 2019
January 15 or 22, 2020
March 18, 2020

Further information is available at or call 412.392.3303