Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Lift Every Voice” program, re-opening Hill District partnership

Posted on: January 19, 2018

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra used to perform an annual concert in the Hill District but discontinued the series in 2012, citing budgetary reasons,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Thursday’s (1/18) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “On Saturday, the PSO will launch a reimagined partnership with the district in the form of a concert at Heinz Hall, Downtown. The program, ‘Lift Every Voice: Resonating Music, Words, & Legacy,’ features local ensembles and performers and the world premiere performance of composer Kathryn Bostic’s ‘August Wilson Symphony,’ dedicated to the memory of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright from the Hill District. Noted actress Phylicia Rashad will host and narrate the concert [led by] Lucas Richman…. The remainder of the program features [Bostic and] the Pittsburgh Cultural Arts Collective percussion ensemble … the interfaith Hill District Unity Choir, Pittsburgh-based singer Anqwenique, and … cellist Ifetayo Ali, winner of the junior division of the 2017 Sphinx Competition. ‘We’re looking to establish a presence in the area,’ … said Suzanne Perrino, the PSO’s senior vice president of learning & community engagement…. Perrino … said that the symphony is talking with Act3 Consulting Partners to determine the best strategy moving forward.”

Posted January 19, 2018