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pittsburgh-symphony-orchestras-neighborhood-week-salute-to-veterans-with-rocky-bleier-rockyPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Neighborhood Week” provides a chance to see their musicians out-and-about in the community with a week of end-of-summer concerts. The first in this series is a “Salute to Veterans” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland on the evening of Monday, August 31st. This one-hour musical celebration of American service men and women is hosted by Rocky Bleier.

The concert will feature a moving performance of O Danny Boy with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Allegheny County Police Detective Ricky Manning on vocals. There will be a special Armed Forces Salute medley where audience members will be invited to sing a long and a rousing arrangement of God Bless America led by soprano Katy Shackleton Williams. To round out the evening, you can enjoy Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major performed by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Ellen Chen-Livingston and Copland’s “Four Dance Episodes” from Rodeo.

General admission tickets are only $15 for adults. Student and seniors can receive a $5 discount off the ticket price by entering promo code 49969. Veterans and active military can receive free admission by registering online with this form. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Heinz Hall box office, buying online at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhood, or by calling 412-392-4900.

The Program:
Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Brahms: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 77
       II. Adagio
Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Traditional: O Danny Boy
Berlin: God Bless America

“Neighborhood Week: Salute to Veterans”
When: Monday, August 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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