Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Pittsburgh Philharmonic

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • pghphil.org

Mission Statement

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic has dual missions: 1) to serve the community by providing a variety of classical music and educational entertainment in innovative, affordable, and accessible concerts in the Greater Pittsburgh area; and 2) to provide an opportunity for dedicated and talented amateur musicians to collaborate to make great music. The Philharmonic is steadfast in its dedication to artistic development, educational programs, encouraging diversity, and promoting musical performances to help inspire and enrich the lives of our members and our audience.

Main Programs

  1. Any Last words?
  2. Holiday Pops
  3. Encore!!! Save the Last Dance!
  4. The Mighty 9th!
  5. Summer Outreach concerts

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ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

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Keywords

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Community Philharmonic North Pittsburgh Orchestra

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EIN

25-1654288

 Number

7430210819

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Overview

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During the 2012-13 season, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic worked hard to continue to be one of the premier volunteer orchestras in Western PA. By presenting "A Storybook Season," we were able to bring the classics, pops, and even some new music to the ears of our audiences. The themes of each individual concert, "Once Upon a Dream," "Storybook Heroes," and "Star-Crossed Love," allowed us to delve into challenging repertoire while also presenting some well-known favorites that the audience loved to hear. In the 2013-2014 season, the Philharmonic is exploring Famous Finales. Our October concerts, "Any Last Words?", was an epic concert that explored the final works of composers in a genre, contemplative masterpieces that ask "what is it all about?", and piece about the experience of death. The Holiday pops concert helped our audiences get into the holiday spirit. Despite treacherous weather, we had enthusiastic audiences to help us create new holiday memories. Our March concert, "Save the Last Dance," presented some of the best dance tunes in classical music as Music Director Edward Leonard and Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra's own Maestro Pablo Ardiles duked it out as dueling conductors. Our final concert will be held on May 16 and 17. We will be presenting an all-Beethoven concert with the Westmoreland Choral Society. Beethoven's famous 9th Symphony is the highlight of the concert, featuring Thomas Octave and WQED's Anna Singer as soloists. Our top accomplishments of the last year:1) Presenting challenging repertoire in high-quality but affordable concerts.2) Expanding our outreach efforts by forging a relationship with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. We hope to continue to offer outreach concerts in the future.3) Being selected to return to the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch concert series.4) Increasing our number of musicians. Our string sections alone grew by 20% in the last year. Our goals for the next year:1) Expand our audience, focusing on the young, the elderly, and those without ready access to the other cultural assets of Pittsburgh.2) Bring a masterwork to the masses: We are partnering with the Westmoreland Choral Society to present Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Beethoven's 9th Symphony marks the first time in history that voices were used in a major orchestral work. The work's themes of freedom and brotherhood resonate with audiences around the world to this day, but recordings of the piece do not do it justice.3) Increase the number of participants in our Student Side-by-Side and Young Artists' Competition. The Philharmonic is committed to developing the musicians of tomorrow, and we would like to increase our efforts to bring students into our organization.4) To focus on the development of relationships with area individuals and businesses in order to increase fundraising and sponsorship.5) To improve our marketing efforts. This goal is already in progress as we wait to launch our newly-designed website.

Programs

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Program 1

Any Last words?

October 25 and 26Any Last Words?Program:Wagner - Parsifal OvertureDvorak - Last Slavonic Dance from Op. 46Sibelius - Valse TristeBerlioz - March to the ScaffoldIntermissionGilbert and Sullivan - Gondoliers' OvertureMusic from final Harry Potter MovieRogers and Hammerstein - Sound of Music MedleyStravinsky - Berceuse and Finale from Firebird The Pittsburgh Philharmonic kicks off its season with Any Last Words? - an epic concert that explores the final works of composers in a genre, contemplative masterpieces that ask ""what is it all about?"" and pieces about the experience of death. Don't be fooled, this concert is full of wonderful music that will have you whistling with a lust for life!

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Holiday Pops

December 6 and 7Closing out the year with Holiday Pops! Get into that Holiday Spirit with your very own Pittsburgh Philharmonic! Sing along to your favorite holiday tunes and reminisce your own holiday memories while we play Christmas classics!

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Program 3

Encore!!! Save the Last Dance!

March 21 and 22 (or 29)Encore! Save the Last Dance! Like to Dance? Of course you do! The Pittsburgh Philharmonic presents some of the best dance tunes in classical music, as Music Director Edward Leonard and the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra's own Maestro Pablo Ardiles duke it out as dueling conductors. This is a concert not to miss! Program:Fledermaus Overture -StraussDances of the Hours - PonchielliBlue Tango - AndersonCharbirier HabeneraConcerto Competition winnerThunder and Lightning polkaIntermissionEmperor Waltz - Strauss Jr.Pavane - FauréMy Fair Lady MedleyCapriccio Italien - TchaikovskyEncore! - Russian Sailors' Dance

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The Mighty 9th!

May 16 and 17Beethoven 9 Need we say more? Come hear the most famous finale in all music as the Pittsburgh Philharmonic joins forces with the Westmoreland Choral Society. Our soloists include Thomas Octave and WQED's own Anna Singer! Experience the rapture of the Ode to Joy in this monumental close to our 38thseason! RepCoriolan OvertureSymphony 9

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Summer Outreach concerts

June 22, 2014 - Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch - Mellon Park, PittsburghJune 27, 2014 - Moon Parks Family Fun Nights - Moon TownshipJuly 4, 2014 - Zelienople 4th of July Celebration - Zelienople, PAAugust 14, 2014 - Crafton Performing Arts Association, Crafton, PA All summer events are free and open to the public.

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Funding Needs

1) Home venue: Due to recurring scheduling conflicts with North Hills Jr. High, the Philharmonic is in search of a new performance venue that is both affordable and accessible to our audiences. 2) Beethoven's 9th Concert: Because of the difficulty of the music, the number of musicians and singers needed, the need for four talented soloists, and the amount of time, money, and effort that goes into planning such a concert, Beethoven's 9th is rarely performed outside of professional concert halls. The large number of participants in this concert necessitates a facility that will accommodate all of the musicians and singers, and securing the collaboration with Westmoreland Choral Society and the talented soloists takes a large financial commitment. We estimate that this concert will cost us $7,400 to stage.3) Non-playing board members: We are an all-volunteer board, and our only paid staff is artistic staff. We would like to recruit several more community board members to help us build relationships with the community and hopefully open us up to new sources of funding.4) To recruit new musicians. Our orchestra is only as good as the musicians that comprise it. We are always looking to grow our ranks with talented, dedicated musicians.5) To implement targeted, cost-effective marketing. We would like to expend more money on marketing in order to better reach our target audiences. We would like to spend an additional $1,000 on marketing this year.

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BIO

We are an all-volunteer administration.The Pittsburgh Philharmonic is fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced professional board. The board is comprised of both community members and playing members of the orchestra, young professionals and retired professionals, and businesspeople, doctors, professors, and teachers (to name a few). Our board members bring a wide variety of skills and expertise to the organization. Without the ceaseless efforts of the board, the Philharmonic would cease to exist. We have been fortunate in the past two years to have many new members who have brought a fresh perspective to the group.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" The Pittsburgh Philharmonic does not have a CEO or an Executive Director. The Philharmonic is fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced board of directors. Without the tireless efforts of the board, the Philharmonic would cease to exist. Since there is no paid administrative staff, the volunteers are solely responsible for every aspect of the administration of the organization. We are truly a lean organization whose sole focus is bringing great music to our audiences. We run on passion and dedication to music. We have experienced almost 100% board turnover in the past two years. The board has embraced the opportunity to bring new perspectives to the board, coming up with new solutions to continuing challenges. The new board members have brought new perspectives, enthusiasm, and ideas to reinvigorate an organization that has seen its share of challenges in the past several years. The musicians of the Philharmonic are the lifeblood of the organization. We are united by a love of and passion for music. We give countless hours to rehearsal, both individually and together. "

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BOARD CHAIR

Miss Bridget Meacham

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