Three Rivers Arts Festival & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert

Let's meet to check out the artist booths in Point State Park and  nearby Gateway Center -- as well as the free Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concert in Point State Park which begins at 7 PM.  For those that are interested, we can also grab some food. The PSO concert will likely include many stirring classics for a truly wonderful and classy evening as one of the highlights of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival as having the PSO perform outside at Point State Park is always a source of great pride for our region.

Pittsburgh Sympony Orchestra (PSO) For more than 116 years, the PSO has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. With more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. For more about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has announced the exciting program for Monday June 9 which includes incredible music from both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars as well as classic arias from the famous operas Roméo and Juliet, The Marriage of Figaro, La bohème, and Carmen.

The concert delivers a special treat for dog lovers as well — five local dogs will perform as soloists during Leopold Mozart’s “Hunting Horn Symphony”

With so many RSVPs and the artistic nature of the event, it might be fun if we collectively wear something easy to spot as a larger cluster of color -- so please consider wearing something that is some combination of red, white, and blue. Also, if you decide to bring a blanket or chairs. These colors are certainly appropriate given the pride of having the Pittsburgh Symphony play at Point State Park and patriotic aspects of the concert.

And in honor of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House, the concert also includes Aaron Copland’s famous “Letter from Home” which was composed during World War II to help create patriotic music that would be meaningful and lift the spirits of the public. Here is the link for the full PSO concert program for Monday June 9 http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/event/7537/point-state-park-dollar-bank-three-rivers-arts-festival

We should all remember that people have different commuting times to downtown, so not everyone can arrive at exactly the same time. So we need to take steps to make it a bit easier for people to find the group.

Imagine a new Meetup member arriving later on -- and then spotting a cluster of people sitting or standing together that are all in the red/white/blue theme. And if people decide to walk around in smaller groups (3-6+ people) to check out the artist vendor booths, having the color combination (red, white, blue) might make it fun.

Also, this gives people another fun reason to show up to see what everyone is wearing. Ladies probably have some nice summer outfits (or accessories like hats) or shirts with dress jeans, while the guys could wear something as simple as jeans or dockers with a polo shirt.

And as bonus, we'll probably get some great photos of people together in these colors.

With 70+ RSVPs, we should all make an effort to make it easier for recent members to spot us -- whether we have a large group sitting/standing quietly or smaller groups checking out artist booths which surround much of the concert area.

Of course as always, it is also fine if you prefer to attend the concert and arts festival on your own with family/friends.

For more information on all of the mainstage evening concerts at Point State Park during the Three Rivers Arts Festival, please visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org/2014-headline-music-line-up/

For for more information on the full schedule of activities of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival during June 6-15, please visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org 

Parking Here is the ParkPGH website with real-time info on downtown parking garage availability http://parkpgh.org  where you can also download apps, get garage availabilty via text messaging, etc. You can also call[masked]-8980.

In the case of inclement weather While many joke about the association of rain with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, we should also remember that there aren't many instances of ten consecutive days without any precipitation during any time of the year. So in any 10-day period, odds are that at least one or more days will have something. But in case of heavy rain or bad weather, we'll let people know if the concert may be moved to Heinz Hall.

Stay tuned for updates!

Hope to see everyone on Monday -- with a collective burst of red/white/blue color. It will be fun to see all the outfits!

More About This Concert Performance

  Artists

     Lawrence Loh, conductor 

     Jasmine Muhammad, soprano

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the 55th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 9 at 7 p.m. in Point State Park. Conducted by Lawrence J. Loh, the concert opens with a piece by Gioachino Rossini followed by Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home,” in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House’s construction. Copland composed this piece during World War II, in an effort to contribute to the war effort by creating patriotic music that would be meaningful to the general public. Jasmine Muhammad, award winning resident artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, will join the orchestra to sing three arias. The concert delivers a special treat for dog lovers as well — five local dogs will perform as soloists during Leopold Mozart’s “Hunting Horn Symphony.” Loh and the orchestra will close the evening with some audience favorites — John Williams’ classics “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the main and Princess Leia’s themes from Star Wars.

Program

 Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra

 Copland: Letter from Home

 Gounod: "Je veux vivre" from Roméo and Juliet

 Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

 Mozart: "Porgi amor" from The Marriage of Figaro

 Mozart: Sinfonia di caccia in G major, "Jagd Sinfonie"  

 Bizet: "Danse bohème" from Suite No. 2 from Carmen

 Puccini: "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from La bohème  

 Williams "Raiders March" from Raiders of the Lost Ark  

 Williams: Suite from Star Wars 

 

 

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  • anne

    sorry, couldn't make it and could not update my rsvp. hope you all had fun.

    June 10

  • Lisa

    The weather seemed a little iffy to make the trek down, so decided to make other plans for the evening.

    June 9

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to today's concert -- while the weather isn't as nice, the concert will still go on. Right now, the plan is still to have the concert at Point State Park -- but if something changes (for example, if they decide to move it inside Heinz Hall), we'll let everyone know ASAP.

    June 9

    • Mark

      Depending on when you arrive to the concert area -- center section approximately 2/3 of the way back from the stage -- there will be differing numbers of the Meetup group depending on how many people are out exploring other aspects of the festival. But hopefully by 6:45 PM or so, most of the people will settling in for the Pittsburgh Symphony concert. If you're unsure of what to do earlier, just meet me and some others in the concert area and then you can go off with a few others before coming back for the concert. Or you can stay with me and just mingle/welcome everyone.

      June 9

    • Mark

      If for some reason, you arrive later on and have trouble finding the group once the Pittsburgh Symphony Concert begins, here is the back-up plan for those that haven't found the group. At 7 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8 PM -- please go under the Portal Bridge (from the concert area to the Point, and under this bridge are reflective water pools) where you'll see an interesting public art display called O:ne:ká which is constructed of T-Shirts on top of the water. When you're at the O:ne:ká exhibit under the Portal Bridge, you can still hear the concert and see the stage. At 7 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8 PM, one or more people from the Meetup will meet you. And then we'll walk to where the larger group is located in the concert area.

      June 9

  • Mara

    Anyone going back to Shadyside area after the concert?

    June 8

  • Mark

    It should only take a few minutes to traverse this area -- the center section approximately 2/3 of the way back from the stage where the Pittsburgh Symphony is performing -- and look for the group of people wearing mostly red/white/blue themes. Feel free to bring blankets or portable chairs especially if they are also fit this color scheme.

    There are lots of exhibits/booths surrounding the concert stage, so you can also check this out in smaller groups if you'd like. Please consider arriving as early as possible.

    June 8

    • Mark

      Once the concert begins -- here is the back-up plan for those that haven't found the group. At 7 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8 PM -- please go under the Portal Bridge (from the concert area to the Point, and under this bridge are reflective water pools) where you'll see an interesting public art display constructed of T-Shirts on top of the water. Here is an article about this exhibit called O:ne:ká
      http://www.post-gazet...­
      When you're at the O:ne:ká exhibit under the Portal Bridge, you can still hear the concert and see the stage. At 7 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8 PM, one or more people from the Meetup will meet you. And then we'll walk to where the larger group is located in the concert area.

      June 8

  • Mark

    Everyone is encouraged to arrive as soon as possible.

    Please look for the group in the main concert area -- in the center section approximately 2/3 of the way back from the stage. Being a little further back will make it a little easier to spot the group.

    June 8

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