Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra "The Planets - An HD Odyssey" (Feb 7-9)

Please note this concert is basically sold out. Please see below comments.

Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a celebration of Pittsburgh composers.  Five composers representing different Pittsburgh universities contribute a movement to the world premiere of Elements -- a five-part PSO commission inspired by archaic elements such as earth, water, air, fire, and metal. The five composers are Patrick Burke, Borni Jang, Mathew Rosenblum, Reza Vali, and Amy Williams.

In addition, NASA video footage in stunning HD accompanies the inspiring performance of The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst which was written between 1914 and 1916.  From bellicose Mars to mystical Neptune, Holst's iconic musical portrayal of the planets and their astrological significance has delighted audiences with its richly-colored orchestration and memorable melodies.

This unique performance also includes the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

For more information and ticket availability about this PSO show at Heinz Hall, please visit http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/production/36410/the-planets-an-hd-odyssey

Check out these reviews and articles about this PSO concert http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/02/08/PSO-heavenly-with-Planets-local-composers-works-shine/stories/201402080130

http://triblive.com/aande/music/5507080-74/music-pittsburgh-honeck#axzz2sncywtL8

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/02/06/Pittsburgh-Symphony-goes-to-the-far-reaches-in-weekend-concert/stories/201402060148

To check out video/orchestration of The Planets by Gustav Holst (as performed in other cities), please visit http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=holst+the+planets

Because of the unpredictable winter weather and general desire for  cheaper tickets, the approach will be to buy at the door so we'll have a good feel on everyone's attendance as compared to buying all the tickets in advance and hoping everyone can make the show.  As a PSO subscriber, we can get 15% off all  additional tickets normally in the $25-$110 range although re-working the subscription is a bit better deal assuming there is a firm headcount at least 1 hour before the show.

While regular tickets start at $31 normally (plus handling) -- we'll be getting a nice discount so Meetup members will pay $19-$27 depending on the size of the group and availability of tickets.

Of note is people should also meet one hour before the show at 1:30 PM for a pre-concert discussion inside Heinz Hall.

We will also have the option for a little tour of the Cultural District or meeting for coffee prior to the concert.

Also, if you can't make the Sunday matinee performance, please consider attending one of the other performances either on Friday (2/7) or Saturday (2/8) evening at 8 PM.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

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  • Heather

    Maybe

    February 9, 2014

  • Mark

    As of 10:45 PM Saturday, there are just 3 seats left (a pair together in the middle balcony at $45/each and 1 ticket in Grand Tier at $80 each) http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/performance/36413/tiers/show

    However, here is some advice. If you're still dying to see this show, there is a possibility that there could be a few turned in tickets to the Box Office (people that can't make the show, so they give these tickets back to the Box Office sometimes as a tax deductible donation) -- or other people waiting near the Box Office to sell tickets usually at a discount so they don't get stuck. So it is possible -- but not guaranteed -- that you could get a free ticket or reduced price ticket (but have cash on hand).

    The forecast is snowy and cold, so there is a chance a few people could get lucky. But if you try this, please don't be disappointed if you don't get lucky -- and think about what else you might do in the city Sunday afternoon if it doesn't work out.

    February 8, 2014

    • Mark

      But if you feel lucky and wouldn't mind doing some else if it doesn't work out (or if you will already be downtown anyway), then you could stop by the Box Office and ask if there are any turned in tickets or look to see if there are any people near the Box Office that might have extra tickets if friends can't make it.

      Since the sound carries in the Box Office, you can wait around and sometimes can hear a patron talk rather loudly to someone in the Box Office about having extra tickets since friends can't make it. If they don't offer a free ticket, at least offer something decent (1/2 price?) so it is not insulting. And bring some cash. In this case, at least the person will enjoy the show knowing the tickets didn't go to waste. Many patrons have been on the other side of this situation where they were lucky getting a free or reduced ticket.

      February 8, 2014

    • Mark

      On a sold out show, the Box Office should be understanding of the situation as long as people aren't disruptive so you're not in the way of people in the lines picking up tickets at Will Call.

      Also, there are many more great concerts coming up at Heinz Hall where the weather won't be a factor. This show has really sold incredibly/surprisingly well compared to many concerts where tickets are usually available at the door since Heinz Hall is so large.

      February 8, 2014

  • Mark

    Sorry, everyone .... it looks like Sunday's show has sold out.

    February 8, 2014

  • Mark

    As of this afternoon, there are four $25 tickets left for Saturday night
    http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/performance/36412/tiers/show

    February 7, 2014

  • Mark

    As of this morning, there are no cheap seats left for Sunday afternoon. There is one $40 ticket left for Saturday night. As far as tonight (Friday), there are 24 tickets left at $40 and 4 tickets left at $25.

    February 7, 2014

  • charlie r.

    I would like to go sunday. Friday does not look good for me.

    February 6, 2014

  • Mark

    As of this afternoon, Friday night's show has 16 tickets left at $25. For anyone wanting to buy the cheap tickets at the door especially if you want to sit with other people (i.e., not buy single seats), it is recommended that you go on Friday night.

    February 6, 2014

  • Mark

    Update on tickets -- as of this morning, there is only 1 ticket left at $34 and 4 tickets left at $45 for the Sunday afternoon show. But if you're also considering Saturday night, there are 4 tickets left at $40 and 6 tickets left at $50. And if you're also considering Friday night, there are 52 tickets left at $40.

    February 6, 2014

  • Mark

    The Sunday concert is fast approaching a sell-out. So the prospects for buying the cheaper tickets at the door are not nearly as promising as compared to one of the other performances. Friday night, February 7 has the best ticket availability with $25 tickets left -- but if anyone is a PSO subscriber, a 15% discount would apply. At this point, for people that are still interested in doing a Meetup for this concert, please post something in the comments section whether you'd like to attend on Friday night instead. The Friday concert is at 8 PM and there will be a pre-show discussion at 7 PM.

    February 5, 2014

    • Mark

      Yes, unfortunately the best ticket availability for those that wish to buy at the door is still Friday night while Sunday afternoon is close to a sell-out. But one of the other issues is that the ticket prices seem to be changing for the same seats. If anyone is dying to see this show, the first step is to look at this link http://www.pittsburgh...­ where you can see ticket availability and prices for all 3 shows. If you're planning on being downtown anyway, there is always a chance that someone will turn in tickets or give them away at the Heinz Hall Box Office but there is no guarantee so if you don't luck out or if cheap seats open up.

      February 6, 2014

    • Mark

      But if you're dying to see this show and will feel bad if you miss it -- and if you don't have the time to check aftermarkets (e.g., craiglist where someone might sell ticket at a discount) -- then I'd suggest going on Friday and see if you might get lucky on a turned in ticket or another patron stuck in the Box Office with extra tickets; and if not, just buy the cheapest ticket you can at the Box Office. This approach would also be OK for Saturday night and Sunday afternoon if it is just a few people.

      February 6, 2014

  • Jessica

    I'm singing in this one! So you won't really see me, but you'll hear me singing from backstage! Enjoy the concert. I so wish I could watch it!

    February 3, 2014

  • Heather

    Maybe

    February 2, 2014

  • John

    I just RSVP'd. Is it still possible to get a ticket for $19?
    How do I do that?

    January 31, 2014

    • Mark

      But for those that absolutely want to do something on Sunday afternoon in the $20-$25 range, there would be other options at other theatres.

      January 31, 2014

    • Mark

      Another update will be posted when there is more info regarding availability of the cheaper tickets. Again, if I'd bought lots of cheaper tickets a while ago, I'd be the one stuck with them if there were no shows regardless of what the reason was.

      January 31, 2014

  • Tricia C.

    Hey, this is great! Came just as I was debating what to do for my mom for christmas - she'll love this....so, how do we get the meetup discount? Thanks!

    December 17, 2013

    • Mark

      Tricia -- do you need the tickets now? It is also OK for you/Mom meet me before the show and get the tickets. The main thing is deciding whether you want the $19 discount tickets or something closer to the stage (but this would be more expensive). Regardless, we can have you/Mom seated somewhere else for your own time together.

      December 18, 2013

  • Scott

    Thanks for posting Mark.

    The planets is great fun. Any idea ff the others write the usual modern dissonant stuff or something more palatable?

    December 17, 2013

    • Mark

      This concert includes the world premiere of Elements -- a five-part PSO commission inspired by archaic elements such as earth, water, air, fire, and metal. I would expect the reviews from the Post Gazette and Trib from opening night to be published before the Meetup on Sunday afternoon. If there are other articles, I'll include the links to the description so people will have a little better idea of this performance including The Planets.

      December 18, 2013

  • Julia E. T.

    I probably will not make it to the matinee performance, but, I may try to attend on Friday evening! Julia

    December 17, 2013

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