Pittsburgh has become a city of superlatives. One only has to look to any newsstand to see another accolade added to our “most livable city.” Our fame extends internationally, and a large part of that fame is due to one cultural treasure: the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its world-class musicians.
Internationally, the PSO has been nominated for Grammys and performed sold-out European tours. More valuable than its international importance is the impact it has in our community. The symphony has attracted artists of world renown to our city such as Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones. This is not to mention the countless community performances the musicians give to ensure anyone, regardless of income, can enjoy live classical music.
Few people are aware that Pittsburgh is in grave danger of losing this treasure. PSO musicians are facing a battle in labor negotiations (“PSO Musicians Go on Strike,” Sept. 30).
The loss of this organization would have immediate and immeasurable impact, not only to our cultural landscape in Pittsburgh but to the world. The Cultural District will be darker without the lights of Heinz Hall glowing in anticipation of another show. Weekends will be quieter without the sounds of a BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert.
As a regular symphony-goer, I encourage readers to support the PSO musicians in any way possible. I implore the management team to consider the consequences of their actions on this city as a whole should they allow this world-class orchestra to fail.
RENEE E. WILLIAMS