Changsha (China) Symphony Orchestra Concert

Friends from Abroad Share Their Stories

The performing arts in this country have taken a hard hit from the pandemic and our government’s fractured response. The few public concerts in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s schedule are outdoors, and our fall season looks to be entirely virtual. Is it the same everywhere? We reached out to friends and former colleagues around the world to see how they are carrying on during this pandemic. Here are their responses:

Masks made by Stephanie Tretick

Adventures in Mask-making

The performing arts in this country have taken a hard hit from the pandemic and our government’s fractured response. The few public concerts in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s schedule are outdoors, and our fall season looks to be entirely virtual. Is it the same everywhere? We reached out to friends and former colleagues around the world to see how they are carrying on during this pandemic. Here are their responses:

Penny Anderson Brill – Healing Others through Musical Performance

by Karissa Shivone

Penny Brill, violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony for 40 wonderful years, is energized and ready to immerse herself into her latest musical calling as she retires next year (March 2021). She has discovered first-hand the power our music has towards healing people in the community. While she has devoted herself for the past two decades to performing for people all around Pittsburgh (and beyond) with a wide spectrum of needs, retirement will allow her time to pass on her knowledge to the next generation. Penny has a great passion to share her discoveries on repertoire, programs, educational material, and so much more.

Musicians of the PSO 2nd Horn Bob Lauver

Drawn to Pittsburgh: Bob Lauver

Robert Lauver By Craig Knox Position: 2nd Horn Joined PSO in: 2000 Previous positions: St. Louis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Austin Symphony “I was previously in the St. Louis …