Sunday, February 05, 2017
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Escape to a tropical island paradise without ever having to step foot on a plane. When you wear a tropical shirt to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Sundays in February, you will receive 50% off admission to relax under the palm trees.
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.
On Tuesday, district attorneys from Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties in a joint news conference showed their support for Pa. House Bill 741 which restores mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes involving drugs, children and the elderly. Prosecutors contend that without mandatory minimums, they are unable to leverage defendants to go after large scale traffickers and offenders. Opponents to the bill include the Governor, A.C.L.U. and Department of Corrections who state mandatory sentences have shown not to deter crime, but will refill jail cells while abrogating justice.
Given the budget deficit should the state increase funding to market Pennsylvania tourism?