Summer with the Symphony Four Musicians with Masks

Summer with the Symphony: Digital Edition

This summer, we are bringing the concert hall to you, as our Summer with the Symphony series goes digital with five weeks of online programming! From classical encores, to Christmas in July, musical storytelling, and an exclusive Q&A session with Byron Stripling, this summer series is one not to miss!

The Summer Calendar

Manfred Honeck conducting

Summer Classical

Encore a Day

We kicked off our Summer with the Symphony programming with a delightful mini-series of musical "bonbons": gems from our recent tour performances across the great stages of the world.  Uncover their secrets: how they're chosen and when they're played. Each encore will include a special introduction by a PSO Musician who shares just what makes these musical works so enchanting. 

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“A Celebration of Summer” Concert
Now available for viewing on demand.

For the first time since early March, we are performing a concert for the public and it's not to be missed! Opening with the lively Praeludieum from Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, and closing with the rousing Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, this concert continues our annual partnership with Allegheny County to present a concert that is free to the public as part of the Allegheny Count Parks Summer Concert Series. More than two dozen members of the strings and percussion sections gathered in June at Hartwood Acres to record this concert that is available here and through the Allegheny County Parks. This concert is sponsored by Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C.

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Heinz Hall Holiday Pops concert

Christmas in July

We're getting into the holiday spirit a bit early with some fun activities for the entire family! Santa kicks off the week with a special message for us all. And, it's not the holidays without some sweet treats. The Musicians and PSO staff share a special symphony holiday cookie book that is full of personal favorites that are guaranteed to satisfy your holiday appetite. Thank you to WQED-FM for partnering with us for the July 24th special rebroadcast of holiday concerts from over the last few seasons. And a special thank you to the Musicians of the PSO and special guest artists who performed on these concerts.

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Musical Storytelling

Join us as we partner with the Allegheny Country Library Association for their Virtual Summer Reading Program.  Our week of “Musical Storytelling” explored how music can help tell a story, as well as support the emotions and characters in stories. Three books were featured, Dragon Night, Carnival of the Animals, and The Music in George’s Head and were presented by artists, authors, and musicians. Composer Lucas Richman shared how he created the composition Music Can Make Your Life Complete for the Fiddlesticks Family Series, and joined Fiddlesticks, and PSO musicians to show how everyone can create an original musical story.

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Let's Meet Byron

We're taking an entire week to get to know our new Principal Pops Conductor, Byron Stripling! He sat down with us to answer a few questions about his history, conducting style, and a few fun facts. If you didn't know Byron before, we guarantee that you'll know him after!

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