Heinz Hall to close this summer for upgrades

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra received approval from City Council on Wednesday to close Heinz Hall this summer for renovations.

Last year, in Phase 1 of a $20 million project, the PSO replaced sidewalks and reconfigured outdoor space around the venue at a cost of about $3.5 million.

At the end of June, the PSO will close Heinz Hall to repair the roof and upgrade the sound system and stage rigging. The orchestra, which owns the building, expects that work to cost about $2 million. No events will be affected by the closing because no concerts are scheduled for July and August. The work should be finished by the PSO's season-opening gala Sept. 17.

"This is part of our ongoing project to renovate Heinz Hall and be a part of the beautification of the entire cultural district," PSO spokesman Jim Barthen said.

Andrew Druckenbrod: adruckenbrod@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1198.


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