"A Celebration of Summer" concert to be aired on the CW and social media

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2020

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PITTSBURGH, PA—For the first time since early March, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert for the public, gathering for a concert that was recorded in June at Hartwood Acres as part of the Allegheny County Parks Summer Concert Series, scheduled for July 12, 2020. This concert continues the Orchestra's long-standing tradition of performing free to the public at the County Parks during the summer season.

“We're thrilled to be able to be back together for this concert at Hartwood Acres and to continue our fantastic partnership with the Allegheny County Parks. In observance of health and government regulations, we can’t be in person with an audience, and we will look a bit different this year as our musicians perform in masks and in small groups.  But, the sound of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra remains the same: great music and great musicians,” said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “We thank Allegheny County and our sponsors for this opportunity, and we are grateful to everyone in the community for their continued support of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.”

Allegheny County has announced a nine-concert series of local artists that it will televise every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. on Pittsburgh’s CW network from July 5 through September 6. Full concerts will also be posted on the County Parks Facebook page and County YouTube channel at 8:00 pm every Sunday from July 5 to September 6, 2020. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be the second artist ensemble to perform in the series, appearing on July 12. In addition to the broadcast on the CW and the posts on the County social media, “A Celebration of Summer” will also be posted on the orchestra’s web page​ and social media channels.

“A Celebration of Summer” features 24 musicians from the string and percussion sections of the orchestra who will perform nine works from nine different composers. The concert will open with the lively Praeludium from Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite and close with the rousing Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa. Additional works are: a movement of a string quartet by George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music; an inventive take on Strauss by Daryl Runswick, a modern English composer and arranger; the brilliant final movement of the famous "American" String Quartet by Antonín Dvořák written during a visit to Iowa; a virtuosic Duo Sonata by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, known for his talents in fencing as well as music; selections from the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins; a moving version of Amazing Grace arranged by Aaron White, Pittsburgh Symphony bassist; and the magical closing movement of Mendelssohn’s String Octet.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to thank Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C, for its sponsorship of the Hartwood Acres concert.

“A Celebration of Summer” Concert Information

About the Concert:
Allegheny County Parks Summer Series on the CW

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (EDT)
The CW Pittsburgh channel
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Sunday, July 12, 2020, after 8:00 pm (EDT)
Allegheny County Facebook
Allegheny County Youtube channel
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra web site
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Facebook
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Youtube channel



Media Contacts
Julie Goetz | Director of Communications
jgoetz@pittsburghsymphony.org | 412.392.4866