Dietrich Trusts gives $5 million to support Pittsburgh Symphony education

Posted on: October 31, 2011

In Saturday’s (10/29) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “Giving regional youth the chance to experience classical music free of charge will get a boost from the latest gift of the estate of the late William S. Dietrich II. The Dietrich Charitable Trusts announced Friday that it has given $5 million to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a gift earmarked for the continuation of the orchestra’s free educational programs. … The late philanthropist held the orchestra in high esteem and served on its board from 1998 until his death, with many years as the chairman of the PSO’s Investment Committee. ‘Bill was extremely committed to the PSO. He considered it one of our city’s greatest assets and felt it was important to support our world-class orchestra,’ said Edward J. Grefenstette, chief investment officer of The Dietrich Charitable Trusts. With the gift, the PSO will establish the Dietrich Endowment for PSO Educational Programs. It will let the orchestra continue to provide concerts and other activities for young students at Heinz Hall, Downtown. The orchestra’s free education programs serve approximately 36,000 children, teachers and parents throughout each year.”

Posted October 31, 2011