Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

South Park & Hartwood Acres
July 1 & 2
8 p.m.

If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into classical music but aren’t sure where to start, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has two terrific opportunities to enjoy their top-notch talent this summer—and both are free.

Back for its third season, the PSO’s “Summer with the Symphony” series features two special concerts during the Fourth of July holiday.

Lovers of classical music and our regional parklands alike will gather when the world-class PSO takes its symphonic sounds out of the concert hall and into the great outdoors. Part of the varied lineup presented by the 2017 Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, the productions take place on Saturday at South Park and on Sunday at Hartwood Acres.

Conducted by Andrés Franco, the concerts will feature trombone soloist James Nova. The repertoire will span centuries and genres, from Johannes Brahms’ 19th-century “Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor,” to music that contemporary composer John Williams wrote for hit films such as Hook, Superman and Saving Private Ryan. John Phillip Sousa’s patriotic march, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” is sure to be a timely highlight.

The concerts will also feature iconic compositions by Billy May, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner and others.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.