The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s third sensory-friendly performance, “Music of Flight and Fantasy,” will take place on June 17 at Heinz Hall. Led by Lawrence Loh, who helped launch the sensory-friendly initiative when he was the Pittsburgh Symphony’s resident conductor,the concert is designed to provide an inclusive concert environment appropriate for families as well as those with autism-spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities. The performance will feature John Williams’s “Flight to Neverland” from Hook, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” and Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow.” The concert also will include a live drawing segment with artist/illustrator Stacy Innerst, sing-alongs with vocalist Katy Shackleton Williams, performances by ballet dancers, and solos by Pittsburgh Symphony principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen and principal contrabassoon James Rodgers. Concert modifications include partially raised house lights, relaxed policies welcoming all responses to the music, fidgets and earplugs to regulate sensory stimulation, slight modification of sudden, loud noises from the stage, and gluten- and casein-free concession options. For more information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org/sensoryfriendly.
Posted June 14, 2017