Pittsburgh Symphony to perform 16 free Beethoven concerts at libraries

Posted on: April 25, 2022

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Beethoven in Your Neighborhood: The Library Project” will launch on May 4 with the first of 16 free concerts at area libraries. Running through June 29, the project is presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Library Association, and MuseumLab. PSO musicians will perform each of Beethoven’s 16 string quartets at one of the original 19 Pittsburgh library locations commissioned by Andrew Carnegie. Each concert will include interactive experiences facilitated by music-educator hosts, orchestra musicians, and local librarians and historians, along with a performance of one complete Beethoven quartet played by PSO string musicians. Andrew Carnegie was the first chair of the board of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Series hosts will be Benjamin Binder, chair of Musicianship Department, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University; Pierce Cook, Symphonette Conductor, Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestras, and director of orchestras at Mellon Middle School in Mt. Lebanon; Moon Doh, assistant conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and Jacob Joyce, assistant conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Library Project, rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic, was conceived to commemorate the 125th anniversary years of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Beethoven’s 250th birth year. Visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/biyn for information.