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
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!