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The First Pittsburgh Symphony @ Alphabet City Concert in 2020!

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Connections

with Ray Chen

Thursday, February 13th
7:00 pm

Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. He has millions of on-line followers through his social media initiatives “In the Mind of Ray” and “Play with Ray”. His appearances and interactions with music and musicians are disseminated to a new public in contemporary and relatable ways. Hear how Ray Chen inspires and connects individuals through music, technology, and humor.

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PSO Conductor Earl Lee joins Ray in an evening exploring real and virtual “connections.”

Poets Melissa Dias-Mandoly and Keith S. Wilson will also read their work.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Returns to Alphabet City

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

New & Old

Thursday, December 5th
7:00 pm

Join musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist Augustin Hadelich for “New and Old,” the premier event in the new PSO @ COA collaborative season.

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Resident Conductor Andrés Franco and PSO guest soloist Augustin Hadelich lead an evening exploring connections between new and old works of art. Praised for his interpretations of modern composers and his “flair for bringing older music into present tense,” (The New Yorker) violinist Augustin Hadelich is one of today’s star violinists, known for performing wide-ranging repertoire that connects modern and traditional works. He is a guest musician not to be missed!

Pittsburgh writers Bonita Lee Penn and Wendy Scott will also read their work.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Returns to Alphabet City

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

East Meets West:
Influences of China on U.S. Art

Thursday, January 24th
7:00 pm

Join musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for East Meets West: Influences of China on U.S. Art, a program celebrating the eclectic work of Chinese composer Qigang Chen and Chinese poet Huang Xiang.

Qigang Chen is one of the most performed living composers in the world. A teenager and musical prodigy during China’s Cultural Revolution, he spent three years imprisoned, undergoing an “ideological reeducation.” Yet in spite of censorship and anti-cultural policy, he pursued his training in composition both within and outside of China, eventually garnering world-wide acclaim.

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Hosted by conductor Earl Lee, this program will feature PSO musicians Adam Liu (Cello), Ellen Chen-Livingston (Violin) and Rodrigo Ojeda (Piano) playing selections from composer Qiguang Chen’s repertoire. Lee will contextualize the program’s music with a discussion on Chen’s unique character, identity, and social activism–as well as on the Chinese influence on Western art.

A video montage will give audiences a glimpse into Huang Xiang’s life and work, the “publication” of House Poem, and how he has shaped COA into the organization it is today. Local writers Brandon Fury and Lori Beth Jones will interpret Huang Xiang’s poetry in English in a live performance so that audiences can enjoy the full scale of emotion evoked by his words.

 

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to Alphabet City!

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Bernstein: Activism and Engagement

Thursday, October 4th
7:00 pm

Join guest musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Activism and Engagement, a program celebrating the eclectic work of Leonard Bernstein.

Leonard Bernstein — celebrated as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century — ushered in an era of major cultural transition. Through his open attitude about what constituted “good” music, his work bridged classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock, reaching new and diverse communities of listeners, young and old. He had a deep love for the community-based musicianship of the symphony orchestra—which is the foundation of our partnership with PSO. With a delicious sense of humor, he also exhibited the courage to tackle the most profound questions of the human experience.

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Hosted by Associate Conductor of the PSO Andres Franco, this program will feature Venezuelan born pianist Rodrigo Ojeda playing selections from Bernstein’s repertoire. Writers (TBA) will do short readings in response to Bernstein’s unique character, identity, faith and social activism.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Women Artists at Alphabet City

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Inspiration and Tenacity

Thursday, March 15th
8:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, join the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (lead by conductor Christine Hestwood) for a program celebrating female artists.

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Inspiration and Tenacity honors Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in anticipation of the world premier of her Tuba Concerto at Heinz Hall on March 16th & 18th. The program, featuring PSO clarinetist Victoria Luperi and trombonist Rebecca Cherian, will showcase the talent and musicianship of these women soloists.

ARThouse’s Vanessa German and PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize-winner Adriana E. Ramírez will complement the evening with readings responding to the issues of the day.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Comes to Alphabet City

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Play N’at

Wednesday, June 7th
8:00 pm

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s popular chamber music series, Play N’at, comes to Alphabet City!

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Comprised of chamber groups formed by musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this series showcases these ensembles in alternative venues around Pittsburgh. The Play N’at series provides opportunities for audiences to enjoy music selected by the musicians themselves in more intimate environments around the ‘Burgh.

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City’s concert will feature the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet and the Trapeze Ensemble, a wind and strings quintet. The repertoire is eclectic, featuring selections ranging from the Baroque to the Beatles. Come meet and mingle with musicians in a casual atmosphere.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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