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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Led by Manfred Honeck with Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, 9/13

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Led by Manfred Honeck with Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, 9/13

You won't believe your eyes - or your ears - at "For Your Eyes Only," the gala opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall, featuring Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter led by Music Director Manfred Honeck.

A sumptuous and mysterious evening that promises a feast for all the senses, the Gala concert features a variety of short, evocative tone poems and opera pieces. Mutter closes the evening with a performance of one of the most popular works for violin, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

The concert is preceded by a cocktail party at the Duquesne Club, followed by a Gala dinner at Heinz Hall and the annual Soirée at the Fairmont Hotel.

The "For Your Eyes Only" Gala is chaired by Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck - along with Honorary Chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons and the Tillotson Family (Carol Hefren Tillotson; Bob Gallagher & Sharon Tillotson Gallagher; Craig & Jill Tillotson; and Curt Fleming & Kim Tillotson Fleming). The Gala Silent Auction Chairs are David and Mari Jo Scholosser. The gala evening includes a pre-concert cocktail hour at the Duquesne Club, valet parking, premium-level seating for the concert, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner catered by the Duquesne Club and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck.

The "For Your Eyes Only" Soirée includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, with hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and more surprises. The "For Your Eyes Only" Soirée is chaired by Mike & Angela DeVanney, Michael J. Herald, Nicholas Varischetti and Carrie Wolf, along with Honorary Chair Jensina A. Chutz. The Soirée Silent Auction Chair is Mary McKinney and the Musician Chairs are Susanne Park and John Moore.

Gala packages and soirée tickets can be purchased by contacting Chelsea Cain, manager of events, at 412-392-4830 andcccain@pittsburghsymphony.org. All proceeds from the Gala concert and associated parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Education and Community Engagement programs.

Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $150 for the gala concert only, are on sale now and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.

For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Mutter has appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Mutter, an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings, has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. She recently performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's "Ringtone Variations," a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour with Mutter's Virtuosi-an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students of the ASM Foundation. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The violinist released her debut recording of Dvorak's violin concerto in November 2013 on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berlin Philharmonic. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation and previously unpublished rarities.

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