Thursday’s (10/25) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette includes an interview with advertising executive Anthony Bucci, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s new board chair. Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the PSO? Bucci: I can’t tell you the number of people that I meet who have no idea that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in the world…. We need to be much more outgoing in how we talk about what we do…. We need to highlight more of our community initiatives [such as] the program we did last summer in the Hill District with [bassoonist] Monica Ellis. Q: How is the symphony faring financially? Bucci: We completed our challenge funding goals a year ahead of schedule, which is great. But at the end of the day we need a sustainable solution. That’s the real challenge. Q: What’s your elevator pitch? Bucci: I usually jump into a whole conversation about the economic value that we bring…. As the profile of the city [of Pittsburgh] increased … Pittsburgh began being written about as this center of brilliance and excellence…. The symphony is part of that … The good news is the conversation about the symphony is based in fact.”

Posted October 26, 2018