Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Neighborhood Week” tour of nontraditional venues

Posted on: July 21, 2015

“From Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will abandon the familiar comforts of Heinz Hall for stints on new stages around town,” reads an editorial in Saturday’s (7/18) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “From Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Schenley Plaza in Oakland to the Rex Theatre on the South Side to Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side, the PSO will perform either as an entire orchestra or as smaller ensembles…. Admission will range from free to $40. Keeping prices low will encourage those who have never ventured Downtown to Heinz Hall to experience the PSO in a more familiar space.” A performance of Vivaldi, Bach, and Piazzolla on September 3 in the Hill District “will give students from the ‘Life Stages in Pages’ creative writing program a chance to read their works during the concert. Such collaboration will build bridges between the PSO and the community for years to come…. It makes sense to take the PSO out of Heinz Hall occasionally to build audiences and introduce new fans to one of the city’s greatest artistic institutions. Good music will make these performances, billed as ‘Neighborhood Week,’ a welcome addition to the cultural calendar.”

Posted July 21, 2015