“If you attend a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, you might bump into a musician in the lobby of Heinz Hall before the show,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Wednesday’s (11/22) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They’re out there to talk to you, to answer your questions and chat about the music. This is a recent development…. There’s a new concert format, a new partnership with City of Asylum bookstore to present free concerts, a new Young Professionals Club … It’s been a year since the musician’s strike ended, a year since musicians and management agreed on a new five-year contract and set about trying to demonstrate to Pittsburgh the value and relevance of having a top tier orchestra in The Steel City…. The new initiatives are intended to preserve the orchestra’s future, both fiscal and artistic. The aim is to deepen the orchestra’s bonds with the Pittsburgh public and to increase attendance at Heinz Hall programming, which the PSO hopes will encourage more patrons to support their orchestra.… Fiscally, the orchestra is on track to meet its goals this year, and all parties are hopeful for the future. But the PSO will need more than a year to determine if their efforts are enough to increase their fundraising revenue to the levels needed.”

Posted November 22, 2017

In photo: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck in Heinz Hall.