Benefit Gala and Concert
The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra has canceled its annual fundraising gala, originally scheduled to take place at Rodef Shalom on Sunday October 28, due to the tragic events that took place the prior morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
“We are shocked and saddened by the horrific acts committed in our city,” said Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Craig W. Johnson. “For the safety of our students and others, and out of respect for those affected by the tragic situation at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we are cancelling the Little Russians Gala fundraiser.”
Of the food that had been prepared for the gala event, PYSO was able to donate the desert pastries to one of the funeral services being held this week. With the help of caterer Bistro to Go, PYSO was able to donate most of the other food to the Northside Common Ministries homeless and hunger programs.
The Youth Symphony will not reschedule the fundraiser, but instead focus on the Season Opener Concert on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Heinz Hall. During the concert, Maestro Earl Lee will be dedicating the first few pieces of the program to the shooting victims. The first half of the concert will feature music of Bach, Mendelssohn and Respighi and after intermssion Maestro Lee and PYSO return to perform Tchaikovsky’s dramatic and powerful Symphony No. 4.
We thank Gala ticket holders for their thoughtful donation by opting to pledge their ticket purchase as a donation to the Youth Symphony. Patrons and gala ticket holders wishing to support the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in the absence of its annual fundraiser may do so through the gala’s silent auction (originally set to take place on October 28 but now extended to November 3) as well as online donations, both accessible at Little Russians site. A percentage of the net proceeds will go towards PYSO as well as to local Jewish organizations in memory of the victims.