Friday, February 03, 2017
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Midori!
Since skyrocketing onto the scene as a dazzling young virtuoso capturing the hearts and minds of audiences around the world, violin sensation Midori has always made people stand up and take notice. She makes her long awaited return to the Pittsburgh Symphony in a performance of Mendelssohn’s poetic and lyrical Violin Concerto. Mozart’s ingenious “Haffner” Symphony opens the program. Originally designed as party music for the prominent Haffner family of Salzburg, this work was later transformed into a symphony for the great musical center of Vienna. From the very opening measures, this is music sure to captivate and it is said that even His Majesty the Emperor uncharacteristically stayed for the entire concert at the Haffner Symphony’s debut! Also not to be missed is the kickoff to the season-long Brahms Cycle beginning with the triumphant Symphony No. 1. This long-awaited work, nearly 14 years in the making, announced Brahms’ arrival as a symphonist in dramatic style.
Party in the Tropics (21+)
Gather your friends and head to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to drink, eat and dance the night away as our Tropical Forest Conservatory transforms into one of the hottest nightspots in the ‘Burgh. At this reoccurring party, you can escape to a tropical paradise as you indulge in savory morsels, unique cocktails and seasonal cocktail selections while dancing to the beats of a live DJ with your friends. The event is free with admission. Drinks and food available for purchase.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will raise tolls another 6% in January, for the 10th year in a row resulting in a 2017 trip from Ohio to New Jersey now costing $55 and $39.25 for E-ZPass users. The increases are in part due to the Turnpike's requirement since 2007 to pay PennDOT $450 million to help subsidize public transit. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants to eliminate or reduce the payments to PennDOT fearing commercial trucking firms and motorists will avoid the Turnpike and use non-toll roads.
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