The Pittsburgh Social Club! Message Board › Tonight's Pittsburgh Symphony Concert
South Park, PA
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.
With 90+ 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.
Tonight's concert 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”
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.
The concert will end around 8:30 PM, and so it won't be too late of an evening. And so this might be a nice option for those that wish to go out for a drink afterwards.
As a reminder, this concert is part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival where there are numerous artist booths which surround much of the concert area as well as nearby Gateway Center.
If you're downtown early and/or already know lots of people in the Meetup group -- you might be interested in checking out some other things before the concert which begins at 7 PM. Thus, it is OK to initially meet in the concert area (center section about 2/3 back from the concert stage) around 6 PM or break off in smaller groups.
Here are some great options for those looking to do something before the concert begins:
A) The Complaints N'At Choir will have a special performance in the front of the City-County Building portico (on Grant Street across from One Oxford) from 6-6:15 PM. This performance has been getting a lot of attention as there is a different location each day during the arts festival. But today, it takes on special meaning outside the City-County Building http://www.3riversartsfest.org/fest_event/complaints-pittsburgh/
B) Check out some Brazilian music with the band Choro No Vinho from 5-7 PM at Gateway Center (near the Artist Market behind the Wyndam Hotel) ... and you'll be able to hear this Brazilian music while looking at artist booths. http://www.3riversartsfest.org/fest_event/choro-no-vinho/
C) Check out some fantastic exhibits and public art displays in the nearby Cultural District -- Katz Plaza, 707 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Gallery, SPACE Gallery, Trust Education Center, Wood Street Gallery which are within a block or so of the Benedum Center and a short walk from Gateway Center. Many of these galleries are normally closed on Mondays, so this is a good opportunity.
If this Pittsburgh Symphony concert were taking place on the weekend, we could easily spend 3-4 hours for a tour.
The arts festival continues this week before it closes on Sunday June 15, and so
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.
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.
Edited by Mark on Jun 9, 2014 1:59 PM