Yo-Yo Ma Joins PSO Kicks Off Season with 'Once Upon a Time' Gala Concert Tonight
Music will fill the air, beanstalks will reach to the sky and attendees will live "happily ever after" when legendary, award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to kick off the 2013-2014 season at a "Once Upon a Time" gala concert at 7:30 p.m., tonight, Sept. 27 at Heinz Hall.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Ma will transport audience members to the magical lands of childhood when they perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, as well as Dvorak's Carnival Overture and other works inspired by fairy tales. The concert is bookended by a Gala party and Soiree, which will be held at Heinz Hall and the Fairmont Hotel respectively.
Tickets, ranging from $40 to $110 for the gala concert only, went on sale today and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Ticket prices are subject to change. There are a limited number of tickets for the concert available.
The Once Upon a Time Gala is chaired by the Tillotson Family-Carol Hefren Tillotson, Bob Gallagher and Sharon Tillotson Gallagher, Craig and Jill Tillotson, and Curt Fleming and Kim Tillotson Fleming-along with Honorary Chairs Ginny and Dick Simmons and the Walton Family. The gala, which includes a pre-concert cocktail hour, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck, is sold out.
The Once Upon a Time Soirée includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert, and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, including hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, live music and more. Tickets are $175 to $225 per person. The Once Upon a Time Soirée is chaired by Jensina A. Chutz, along with Honorary Chairs Margaret and Todd Izzo. The Soirée Silent Auction Chair is Erin Starzynski. Soiree tickets also are on sale now and going fast. Call the box office at 412-392-4900 or visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org to purchase soiree tickets.