In Every Life: 2019

Violinists Chris Wu and Susanne Park at the John Heinz Center for Early Childhood at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen during the 2019 Day of Music. Photo by Rhian Kenny By Jack Howell The PSO’s vision statement reads: “Great Music in Every Life.” The “Great Music” part is pretty well covered. If you can get to Heinz…

Making Time for Remembrance

By Tatjana Mead Chamis (This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Senza Sordino. https://www.icsom.org/senzasordino/2019/12/making-time-for-remembrance/) The Clarion Quartet, consisting entirely of members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), had the honor of playing at the American Academy in Berlin on the orchestra’s recent European tour. Joining us was our music director, Manfred Honeck, and members of…

The PSO is World Class, Therefore We Tour: A Musician’s View

By Susanne Park

It can be a fine line between giving our readers a look backstage and whining. We musicians get asked lots of questions, and non-musicians frequently are surprised to learn various facts of life for professional musicians — how much work it takes, how much our instruments cost — but because the answer can seem insane to a non-musician (Any idea how much a bassoon costs? Think Tesla Model S.) it sometimes sounds like a complaint. It’s usually not a complaint, it just is what it is. With that in mind, since we often get asked about touring, and since we’re going to Europe in October, it seems appropriate to write about it.