Explore & Engage
Explore & Engage is a program designed to enrich your concert experience, connecting you with the music and musicians of the PSO. Throughout our website, look for the symbols below to learn more about Explore & Engage resources and activities planned for each of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts.
Concert Preludes & Post-Concert Events
All BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts feature a pre-concert talk, beginning one hour prior to the performance. These informative and engaging talks feature PSO staff conductors, special guest speakers and panel discussions directly related to the music you will hear on stage at Heinz Hall. Plus, stay after select Friday and Saturday BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts and join us for informal chats with renowned guest artists and chamber music performances. Bring your questions and curiosities!
The Lobby of Heinz Hall is Always ActiveCome early to browse exhibits and display boards throughout the hall. Other lobby events include interactive exhibits and sights & sounds from around the world that relate to the music being performed. During select BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts, in-hall screens feature relevant concert information shortly before the performance begins, and conductors, composers and PSO musicians share musical insights from the stage.
Interested in Learning More?
Our program books and website are great resources for information about your PSO, the music, composers and guest artists. Be sure to visit individual concert pages for sound clips, concert commentary, video podcasts with guest artists and more throughout the year.
Explore & Engage Workshops
How do you form a personal connection to a piece of music?
Join us at our Explore & Engage workshops to develop your audience skills of discovery, inquiry and reflection. Chart your own path to the heart of a specific musical selection through group exploration, and engage with fellow music lovers in a fun, welcoming environment.
The PSO’s 2012 - 2013 BNY Mellon Grand Classics series features some of the most inspiring works in choral repertoire. We invite you to join us at these concerts, and arrive early for pre-concert choral workshops led by Singing City Project Coordinator Christine Hestwood. No prior choral experience required - all abilities and experience levels are welcome! Working on excerpts including Verdi’s popular “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore to “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth in a relaxed, welcoming environment, you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation while sharing the joy of music-making with fellow symphony-goers.
FREE and open to all ticket holders to the performance immediately following.
TO REGISTER: Call 412.392.4876 or email email@example.com.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Book Club
PSO Book Club comes to Heinz Hall!
Join the PSO in an exploration of major themes from the 2012-2013 season through books ranging from fiction to cultural history to personal memoirs. Read the book and join WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham and PSO musicians in an afternoon of lively discussion.
Each book club event is held before select Sunday BNY Mellon Grand Classics performances at 1:30PM in the Grand Tier lounge at Heinz Hall and is free and open to all ticket holders. Advance Registration is Required.
FREE and open to all ticket holders to the afternoon's performance
TO REGISTER: Call 412.392.4876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org