The concert will be conducted by Lawrence Loh, former PSO Associate Conductor and now music director of Symphoria in Syracuse, NY, and the West Virginia Symphony. The program will feature PSO musicians performing works spotlighting each section, including Holst’s St. Paul Suite for strings, movements from Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds and John Williams’s Nimbus 2000 from Harry Potter, and Williams’s Quidditch from Harry Potter and an arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers by PSO trombonist Jim Nova for the brass section.
Obama and Dilworth students will join the PSO musicians to perform several works. Both the Obama and Dilworth music programs have been recipients of grants from the PSO Musicians Care Fund, an endowment managed by the Pittsburgh Foundation and created by the musicians in 2013 to help underfunded school music programs. To date, more than $32,000 has been distributed to purchase or repair instruments and to pay for bus transportation for students to attend PSO School Time concerts. The side-by-side concert is presented as a benefit for the Fund. There is no charge for admission, but donations for the Fund will be accepted.