Cultural Trust Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Last year, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to the Arts Festival for the first time in over thirty years. As the sun set, a crowd of 15,000 filled the grassy area in front of the Dollar Bank Stage to listen to the symphony for free. The experience of listening to classical music in Pittsburgh is often limited to concert halls but at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, patrons have the unique experience of listening to the symphony under the stars. On Sunday, June 3rd, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will return once more to the Dollar Bank Stage to play a free concert.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The concert will begin at 6:30pm with selections from Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor. These are works that will likely be familiar to many, classical and non-classical music fans alike. PSO music director, Manfred Honeck, will conduct the concert. The concert will feature baritone Gregg Baker, as well as PSO Principal Flute Lorna McGhee and PSO Principal Trombone Peter Sullivan, as soloists. Included in the performance will be works by Bach, Khachaturian and Pryor.

Pop culture fans may be thrilled to hear Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Jeremy Kern’s “Ol’ Man River” from Showboat. The concert will conclude with Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’” from Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris, one of his most acclaimed works.

This free show is a wonderful experience for music fans of all ages and musical tastes. Come out to the Dollar Bank Stage on Sunday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm to experience the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they play under the stars at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Originally posted June 2, 2012 4:13pm by Emily O’Donnell at

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