Mercury Soul

See Event Description   Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra   412-392-4900
April 5, 2013

Mercury Soul
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), composer & DJ
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Benjamin Shwartz, music director
Anne Patterson, director and designer

Electronica and classical music collide at Mercury Soul, a hybrid musical event that re-imagines the classical music experience in extraordinary spaces. Interspersed with thrilling performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the thumping beat of PSO's Composer of the Year, DJ Mason Bates, Mercury Soul gives audiences the freedom to dance, roam and experience music and art installation in a club setting. Visual director Anne Patterson collaborates with CMU's School of Drama to create media and lighting design inspired by the music.  No program book and plenty to drink:  a 21st Century 'salon' at its finest!

Program to include:

Adams: Selections from John's Book of Alleged Dances
Xenakis: Okho
Stravinsky: Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Corigliano: Stomp feat. Noah Bendix-Balgley
Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing (PSO commission & World Premiere)

  • 21+ event. ID required.*
  • Doors at 9pm, music begins around 9:30pm at STATIC in the Strip District at 1650 Smallman Street.
  • Ample lit and secure street parking directly across from the venue for $5 (cash only).
  • Free coat check.
  • VIP packages available – includes private, reserved seating for parties of 6 in the balcony.  Very exclusive and limited availability, call 412.392.4819 for details and to secure a table.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra wishes to acknowledge the following individuals from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as artistic collaborators in the Pittsburgh edition of Mercury Soul:

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama:
Peter Cooke, OAM PhD - Head
Faculty Advisors:
Larry Shea - Associate Professor of Video & Media Design
Cindy Limauro - Professor of Lighting Design
Tina Shackleford - Assistant Teaching Professor - Stage Management
Buzz Miller - Video & Media Design Technician
C. Todd Brown  - Assistant Teaching Professor Lighting Design

Student Designers and Managers:
Dan Efros, Yinchao Teng, Justin Keenan Miller, Sarah Parker, Song Zhang, Andrew Schmedake, Charles Dabezies, Jackson Gallagher, Jordan Harrison, Evan Shimizu, Jonathan Mark
Jody Cohen, AJ Cook, Sophia Mysel, and Tim Sutter.

Pittsburgh is only fourth city in the nation to host this innovative mix of modern stagecraft and club production!  Click here to read about past Mercury Soul events.  And, be sure to check out photos of Mercury Soul in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.

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Click here for more information about Mason Bates and the Composer of the Year program.

*If you are under the age of 21, please do not purchase tickets for this event. You will be asked for ID at the venue and will be turned away if none can be provided. No refunds or exchanges.


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Mercury Soul
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