“Meet the PSO” Concert to Benefit Wilkinsburg School District Music Programs

Posted in: Kelly News, Turner News, Wilkinsburg School District News

16th Annual Concert will feature individual players and explore instrument families

Inviting audiences of all ages to “Meet the PSO” with its musicians and a close-up view of instruments, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its 16th annual Neighborhood Partnership concert in Wilkinsburg on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.  The lively program will feature individual players and explore the four different families of instruments in an orchestra: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. It will also include a selection performed by students in the Wilkinsburg School District instrumental program.

All proceeds from the ticket sales directly benefit the music programs in the Wilkinsburg School District. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $5 for students; donations for the music program will also be accepted at the door. Since its inception, the partnership has raised more than $80,000 for the District’s music programs.

“Our long-standing partnership with Wilkinsburg is highly collaborative and creates meaningful artistic experiences both for those who perform and those who attend,” said Melia Tourangeau, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “This initiative supports music education in the public school curriculum which helps strengthen the fabric of every community and is essential In every child’s life.”

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Concert is the highlight of our year, and it is such a joy to see people from Wilkinsburg and so many other communities come out to support our students and hear an amazing orchestra,” said Shawn van Mastrigt, music teacher at Turner Intermediate School. “Seeing the support of music in our schools is an encouragement to all of our students and staff. The future of music in Wilkinsburg is always looking brighter.”

The program will be led by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Earl Lee in his first concert in Wilkinsburg. Audiences will hear favorites like Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture and the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the music of Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Bizet. Featured musicians will include Jennifer Steele, flute, and Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp, as well as the trumpet section of the orchestra. A notable highlight of the evening will be a performance by the instrumental music students from Wilkinsburg School District’s Turner Intermediate School, a school that benefits directly from the partnership concert.

“In 2004 the Pittsburgh Symphony came along at a critical time for the Wilkinsburg Music Department.  At the time we had several students who had to share band instruments, no instrumental music instruction for students until 7th grade, and dwindling resources for music instruction. Our PSO Neighborhood Partnership was the impetus that led to a complete revitalization of our program,” said Mr. van Mastrigt. “The proceeds from the annual concerts and support from the musicians and staff at the PSO helped us to secure the resources to purchase new instruments, secure grants, and greatly expand and enhance our offerings.”

About the Event

Day and Date:                      Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 PM

Location:                               Turner Intermediate School; 745 Wallace Ave., Pittsburgh PA  15221

                                                (former Wilkinsburg High School)

Tickets and Donations:      Tickets are $12 for adults (10 for $100) and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Wilkinsburg School District Music Program. Additional donations are accepted at the door.

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