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“Since his appointment in 2007, Manfred Honeck has really made the orchestra his own, and they are clearly one of the very best orchestras in the world right now.”

-Classical.net

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, will be performing for one night only at New York’s Carnegie Hall on May 10, 2014. This exciting concert concludes the Spring For Music Festival, a week-long festival of concerts by North American symphony and chamber orchestras presented annually at Carnegie Hall with an artistic profile built around innovative and creative programs and offered at affordable prices (each ticket is only $25). More information can be found at www.springformusic.com. Each orchestra is asked to bring its “hometown” audience so the seats should be filled with current and former Pittsburghers showing their Pittsburgh Pride.

The central work on the program will be Mozart's Death in Words and Music. This unique presentation is arranged by Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck and features the beloved Requiem, Gregorian Chant, readings, and other works by Mozart. Academy Award-winning actor and Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham, who famously portrayed Salieri in the film Amadeus, will narrate the performance. Another treasured Pittsburgh institution, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will also be featured.

LANXESS Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Spring For Music performance at Carnegie Hall.

The complete artist and program listing for the concert is:

MANFRED HONECK, conductor
SUNHAE IM, soprano
ELIZABETH DESHONG, mezzo soprano
BENJAMIN BRUNS, tenor
LIANG LI, bass
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, speaker
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Betsy Burleigh, director)
SCHOLA CANTORUM, ST. AGNES CHURCH

Program -

Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria (a cappella)
Francis Poulenc: Final scene from Dialogues des Carmelites
James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse (NY premiere)
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Requiem, K. 626: Mozart’s Death in Words and Music

F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham

Risks and challenges

Taking an Orchestra and its instruments on tour is no easy feat. The Pittsburgh Symphony, and all of its cargo, will travel more than 750 miles round-trip by air to New York City. The musicians will need to stay in a Manhattan hotel for two nights and receive per diem to cover their meals during the stay. The total delegation, including musicians, soloists, and support staff is expected to be 117 people. In addition, there are fees for the guest artists, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and Schola Cantorum who will be performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

The total project costs approximately $300,000. This will be paid through a presenter fee from Spring For Music, corporate and individual sponsorships, and this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Music Director Manfred Honeck will email you a note of thanks along with a photo of the performance. (100% tax-deductible)

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    The above plus name recognition on the Carnegie Hall page of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra website, pittsburghsymphony.org. (100% tax-deductible)

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    All of the above plus an invitation for two to attend the final rehearsal in Pittsburgh for the Carnegie Hall concert. Rehearsal will be held at Heinz Hall on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm. (admission is free for all invitees, so this amount 100% tax-deductible)

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    All of the above plus a digital download of "Mozart's Death in Words and Music" as arranged by Maestro Honeck and recorded by the Pittsburgh Symphony in December 2009 with John Lithgow as speaker. ($80 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted)

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    All of the above plus a compact disc copy of the Pittsburgh Symphony's most recent commercial recording entitled "Strauss Tone Poems." ($210 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted.)

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    All of the above plus two tickets to the May 10, 2014 performance at Carnegie Hall and name recognition in the Carnegie Hall Program Book for the concert. ($410 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted)

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    All of the above plus a DVD of the movie "Amadeus" autographed by F. Murray Abraham. ($893 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted)

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    All of the above plus a copy of "Play On! An Illustrated History of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra" autographed by Music Director Manfred Honeck and Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony. ($2,358 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted)

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    All of the above plus the opportunity to meet Manfred Honeck and F. Murray Abraham immediately following the performance. ($4,858 is tax-deductible if benefits are accepted)

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