PSO School Concerts

As we welcome 7500+ area children to Heinz Hall this week, the spotlight should be on the music educators who do so much for the region. To lead off, let’s meet 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Mairi Cooper. Where do you teach? Fox Chapel Area High School (although I have taught in the elementary…

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Strike Ends

By Jack Howell To all of our supporters, our most heartfelt thanks. One day shy of eight weeks, our strike ended. Common sense tells us that you can’t drive a boat by looking at the wake. It is true, the strike is over. It is also true that damage has been done, especially to the…

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Magic Happens Here

By Susanne Park I’ve played in very good orchestras in the past, but it wasn’t until I started playing as a substitute violinist in the PSO that I realised I’d had no idea what playing in a truly top notch ensemble really meant. The immediate impression I had, sitting in the back of the second…

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Tales From The Lounge

Zoltan Kodaly By Ron Samuels   Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galanta is an orchestral tour de force. Its dynamism and virtuosity are a thrill for orchestras to play and audiences to hear. Among many musically distinctive features is its famously prominent first clarinet part. There are two cadenzas, one of which occurs just prior to…

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