March 2, 2012
MUSIC DIRECTOR HONECK, PSO CELEBRATE ‘MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT’ WITH FREE CONCERT AT RODEF SHALOM
Tickets available Monday, March 5
PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a free Music for the Spirit concert that is part of an annual program of concerts that celebrate the spiritual and universal message of music.
The special concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 16, at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The program will include works of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Ravel and Bloch and more.
The concert will feature the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, and PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, Principal Cello Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Viola Randolph Kelly, and Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek as soloists.
General admission tickets are free to the public and will be available starting at 9 a.m., Monday, March 5. Tickets are limited to four per household and can be reserved by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900.
Honeck is deeply committed to and excited about Music for the Spirit, which explores the power of music to promote dialogue between religious faiths. Each season, the PSO plans two performances with spiritual roots. One concert is at Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics subscription weekends. The second concert is in the community and rotates venues, bringing the PSO and Music for the Spirit to churches, synagogues, mosques and community centers. Last season, the free concert was at St. Paul Cathedral.
The repertoire for future Music for the Spirit concerts will vary each season, but will feature spiritual works appealing to all music lovers regardless of their faiths. There also are plans to offer programs throughout the year in the community that will deeply impact the spiritual and musical lives of Pittsburgh-area residents.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra thanks Roy & Susan Dorrance, Catharine M. Ryan & John T. Ryan III, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Donahue for their support of Music for the Spirit.
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