From the Office of the CEO 11/12/21

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VP & COO

Based on our continued concerns for the health, safety and enjoyment of all who work at or visit Heinz Hall, we are extending our current audience vaccination requirement to January 31, 2022. Details on our policies can always be found on our Safely Together web page. We continue to follow guidance from public health and government officials, and evaluate these policies on a regular basis. 

ARTISTIC NEWS: 

This weekend, we’re pleased to welcome back conductor Juraj Valčuha together with pianist Behzod Abduraimov who returns to perform the daring and tour-de-force virtuoso Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev, often described as one of the most difficult concerti in the repertoire.  Valčuha and the orchestra introduce us to the Pittsburgh premiere of the evocative Martucci Notturno No.1 and showcase the brilliance of Beethoven in his Fourth Symphony. 

We’re pleased to share that this weekend’s Friday night performance (November 12) will be livestreamed on the PSO’s digital platform, Front Row.  Once again, we’re excited to work with director Habib Azar, one of the leading multi-camera performing arts directors working today, along with WQED’s Jim Cunningham, our livestream host, to bring the program to life.  For those wanting to relive the magic of the concert experience or share the program with friends beyond Pittsburgh, the program will be available as a digital encore performance on Front Row through December 12. 

This weekend marks guest conductor Juraj Valčuha’s tenth appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Interestingly, the PSO first presented Valčuha in his US debut 13 years ago and we’ve continued to enjoy a long and fruitful collaboration with him across the years. Maestro Valčuha will assume the position of Music Director of the Houston Symphony beginning with the 22/23 season. Violinist Kevin Lin joins the Pittsburgh Symphony as Guest Concertmaster this weekend.  Kevin is currently in his first full season as Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and previously held the position of Co-Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Continuing our season-long collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art: our pairing this weekend is Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Elizabeth Murray’s three-dimensional painting Don’t Be Cruel.  Both works challenged and pushed boundaries in their respective art forms. We invite you to learn more about the works in our program book (both print and digital), as well as visit the Carnegie Museum of Art to connect with the artwork directly: cmoa.org/PSO 

LEARNING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT NEWS

“Happy Birthday Fiddlesticks” Fidd Kits went out this week to recipients in 11 states coast-to-coast, including families in California, Texas, Minnesota, Virginia, and of course many of Fiddlesticks’ friends right here in Pennsylvania! Based on a playlist of 10 orchestra pieces that illustrate different elements of birthday celebrations (playing games, making birthday wishes, etc.), the kit features hands-on activities to explore music at home. Each kit includes an activity book with artwork by illustrators Emily Marko and Maddy Sehring, craft supplies to make a birthday hat, music and movement instructions for a birthday parade, “Instruments of the Orchestra” trading cards featuring piano and double bass, and a recipe card to make a special birthday treat. Fidd Kit recipients also receive access to an online portal of bonus resources, including Fiddlesticks’ Happy Birthday playlist, a special greeting from Principal Pops Conductor Byron Stripling and more. Thanks to all involved in the production and distribution of these festive gifts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series! 

HALL MANAGEMENT NEWS

Gifted storyteller and master photographer Platon http://www.platonphoto.com/menu/took the Heinz Hall Stage on Wednesday evening as part of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by the University of Pittsburgh.  He shared both fun and impactful details of the stories behind many of his famous portraits including those of Michelle Obama, Stephen Hawking and even Vladimir Putin.

MARKETING & SALES NEWSThe Brahms/MacMillan recording continues to receive praise, including recent glowing reviews from Gramophone (“All in all a provocative listen, beautifully packaged.”), Culture Spot LA (“Between Brahms and MacMillan, Honeck and the PSO and the recording engineers, this is a recording not to be missed.”) and Classics Today (“Through it all, the Pittsburgh Symphony plays the music as beautifully as it can be done…Superb engineering makes this new release especially welcome. A winner all around.”) And, it’s just charted in the top 10 in its first week on the Billboard charts. You can get your copy of this exceptional recording today in the Heinz Hall lobby during concerts, and through the PSO Shop, or stream it or purchase it for download on demand on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and other online retail stores. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov sat for a lively interview with WQED FM’s Jim Cunningham yesterday after just rehearsing the exciting Prokofiev – listen at your leisure on the station’s @theSymphony podcast page

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION NEWS: 

Please join the PSO to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the Symphony Splendor Holiday House Preview Party! Read all about the Symphony Splendor main event in today’s Post-Gazette

Buy Tickets Here: Preview Party – Pittsburgh Symphony Association

Tickets for Symphony Splendor Holiday Home: Pittsburgh Symphony Association Tickets (ticketleap.com)

Melia Tourangeau
President & CEO
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Tel: 412.392.4863
Fax: 412.392.3305
www.pittsburghsymphony.org