"Peace, Culture and Remembrance" discussion to be streamed on Facebook live at 7PM CET/2PM Eastern.

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA—At a special program taking place at the American Academy of Berlin this Sunday, October 27, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will take part in observing one year since the synagogue shooting that took place involving Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation, Congregation Dor Hadash and New Light Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 “Peace, Culture and Remembrance” will feature Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Clarion Quartet (comprised of four musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Marta Krechkovsky and Jennifer Orchard, violins; Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola; and Bronwyn Banerdt, cello) in a program that will present and explore music and culture. Honeck and the Clarion Quartet were invited to take part in this program while the Symphony is on its European tour that starts on Friday, October 25th.

“Music is universal and powerful in its ability to bring all people together for hope, healing, comfort and solace. The Pittsburgh Symphony is honored to have members of its orchestra, represented by our Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Clarion Quartet, take part in this very special program at the American Academy in Berlin,” said Melia Tourangeau, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who will also attend the program. “Though the orchestra will be in Europe on Sunday on this anniversary, we will all be in spirit with our Pittsburgh community and everyone worldwide to reflect on this tragedy and continue to heal through music.”

The Clarion Quartet will perform a selection of mid-century chamber music written by suppressed composers. Following the concert, Manfred Honeck and writer Adam Ehrlich Sachs, a Pittsburgh-based writer who is currently a Fellow at the American Academy, will discuss culture and its role in achieving peace, as well as the impact of music and literature on an engaged international community. The conversation will be moderated by Academy alumnus Harry Liebersohn, PhD, Center for Advanced Study Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The discussion portion of the program will be streamed on Facebook live, beginning at 7PM CET/2PM Eastern.

Also this weekend, WQED Multi Media will rebroadcast both the national and local versions of  “A Concert for Peace & Unity,” a special “Music for the Spirit” concert created by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life community. The program features Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, and was presented free to the public at Heinz Hall on November 27, 2018. The national version will air on Thursday, October 24 at 8pm and re-air on Sunday, October 27 at 7pm. The local version will air on Sunday, October 27 at noon on WQED-TV.

About the American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin was founded in 1994 at the initiative of Richard Holbrooke, then the American ambassador to Germany. Independent, nonpartisan, and privately funded, the American Academy in Berlin is committed to sustaining and enhancing the long-term intellectual, cultural and political ties between the United States and Germany

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