Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra http://wesa.fm en PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/pso-violinist-bring-pittsburgh-love-boston-marathon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Susanne Park held a </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/04/11/PSO-violinist-to-play-Boston-Marathon-benefit/stories/201404110035" style="line-height: 1.5;">benefit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The institution was key in helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year. This year, Park has gathered donations from local businesses to help the cause. Her sister ran in the </span><a href="http://www.baa.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">marathon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last year and she said she tracked her sister’s progress in the race until everything suddenly stopped. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Park's sister was one of the many runners unable to contact family for hours amidst the chaos.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:30:44 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27609 at http://wesa.fm PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon Pittsburgh Symphony Postpones Plan To Visit Iran http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symphony-postpones-plan-visit-iran <p>The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra says it has postponed plans to perform in Iran this August, but still hopes to reschedule for next season.</p><p>The Pittsburgh Symphony was the last American orchestra to perform in Iran, in 1964. Officials had hoped to return for a 50th anniversary tour. James Wilkinson, president of the symphony, says in a statement that they need to devote more time to planning.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:31:53 +0000 The Associated Press 26528 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Tour Iran in Time for Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra-hopes-tour-iran-time-anniversary <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the nonprofit American Middle East Institute to look into a possible tour of Iran. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Robert Moir is the PSO's senior vice president for artistic development and audience engagement, and Simin Curtis</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">​&nbsp;</strong>is&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">from the American Middle East Institute</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Moir says the potential tour would&nbsp; </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">mark a significant cultural exchange for two countries that severed diplomatic ties over three decades ago, <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">and it would mark the 50th anniversary of the symphony orchestra's 1964 visit to the country</span>. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:09:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23235 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Tour Iran in Time for Anniversary Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh - Fawzi Haimor http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-volumes-essential-pittsburgh-fawzi-haimor <p>What does a good novel have in common with an orchestral score? Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor <strong>Fawzi Haimor</strong>, talking with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson, says, "more than you might think." In this week's edition of Speaking Volumes Fawzi Haimor discusses books that are music to his eyes. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:58:08 +0000 John Lavanga 12812 at http://wesa.fm Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh - Fawzi Haimor Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Accepts $1.2 Million Donation http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra-accepts-12-million-donation <p>The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has had financial troubles over the last few years.</p><p>With its endowments down millions of dollars and the deficit tripling, the musicians agreed to a 9.7 percent pay cut in 2011.</p><p>In addition to the salary cuts, the musicians themselves donated a combined $100,000 in 2011-12 to keep the symphony going.</p><p>That’s when Michele and Pat Atkins took notice.</p><p>The retired Point Breeze couple will give $1.2 million over the next three years to contribute to salary increases in the musicians’ new contracts.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:50:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 12810 at http://wesa.fm The Star-Spangled Symphony Orchestra http://wesa.fm/post/star-spangled-symphony-orchestra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Monday is opening day of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2013 season and before you hear the cry of, “Play ball,” there are some other traditions observe, one being the performance of the national anthem. <a href="http://noahbendixbalgley.com/"><strong>Noah Bendix-Balgley</strong></a>, violinist and concertmaster of the <a href="http://pso.culturaldistrict.org/pso_home">Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra</a> talks about performing the national anthem for the Pirates' season opener. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7025 at http://wesa.fm The Star-Spangled Symphony Orchestra