For all y'all in the Pgh area:
The Pittsburgh Symphony continues its outreach to the Wilkinsburg School District and community with its 6th concert at the High School auditorium on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 7:00pm.
Yes, it's St. Patrick's Day, but that's when it got scheduled. Ticket prices are: $7 for adults, $3 for kids. Compare that with normal concert hall prices. Music will include Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" narrated by Andrew Stockey of WTAE. The conductor, Dan Meyer, is in his last appearance here as he is moving to a new position later this year, so it will be a special occasion for him as well.
These concerts, which started when I first got hired in Wilkinsburg, are directly responsible for our ability to take advantage of the VH1 Save the Music grant received by the district last October. Were it not for the money raised by ticket sales these last 5 years, the school would not have owned extra instruments to give more kids an opportunity to play, and we would not have an operating budget. The district pays for nothing of what keeps this program running, except for my salary. Everything I need- valve oil, reeds, method books, instrument repairs, etc., is coming from money raised by these concerts. And this year, there's a big push to fill the auditorium, as attendance has dropped slowly over the last few concerts.
If you are a local, please indicate if you are interested in going. To TND folks- fiannaharpar
and Pookie are staying home because the timing is too late to go on a school night, so there will
be TND. However, there's you are still welcome and invited to take advantage of this opportunity to hear great music at dirt-cheap prices, to benefit these kids who are finally getting a taste of what most schools have always had.
I will have a handful of tickets to sell personally. You can also call (412) 871-2125, which will send you to the superintendent's secretary. Why? Because our PR representative left the district last Friday for another job, and his position is not going to be filled any time soon. Fortunately, the PR rep for the Symphony has graciously offered her assistance in getting this concert the exposure it deserves. We want everyone to be there- students, parents, community members, college students, anyone who loves the orchestra and supporting music in schools.
I appreciate y'all reading all the way through this. It's going to be a fun and exciting night, and I hope to see some of you there. Please, a poll before you leave: