Perlman and Pittsburgh Symphony to honor victims

Perlman and Pittsburgh Symphony to honor victims

Itzhak Perlman and Pittsburgh Symphony to play concert for Tree of Life Synagogue victims

For Immediate Release


“A Concert for Peace & Unity” to be Held on November 27, Free to the Public

November 12, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will host a special “Music for the Spirit” concert to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims on Monday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Titled “A Concert for Peace & Unity,” this evening of remembrance and reverence aims to provide an opportunity for the Pittsburgh community to find comfort, strength and solace through music, hope and unity. Taking place one month after the tragedy, the concert is free to the public,* and all are invited to attend.

Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman will join Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and all artists have graciously agreed to donate their services for this performance. Volunteers will be on-hand at Heinz Hall to collect contributions for the Jewish Federation’s “Our Victims of Terror” fund and contributions for the six injured Pittsburgh Police officers through the “Injured Officers Fund.”

“We are still shocked and heartbroken by the senseless and violent act that occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue, in our own backyard. We extend our deepest condolences to all those impacted by this tragedy,” said PSO President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. “We invite the community to join us as we work to honor the victims, bridge differences and celebrate the human experience during this difficult time.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to participate in this concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. I hope this event will help us continue to heal and come together,” said Itzhak Perlman.

“As advocates of peace, tolerance and understanding through the universal power of music, our entire Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra family extends its deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones on account of this horrific tragedy,” added Manfred Honeck. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our community as we resolve to go forward doing what we know best, performing music with the hope that we can bring people together as we collectively grieve and heal.”

This concert is presented as part of the PSO’s “Music for the Spirit” program. For nearly 15 years, the PSO has presented performances with spiritual roots to celebrate Pittsburgh faith communities and the universal message of music.

Tickets are available by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or on the PSO’s website.