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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Posters Collection

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What's online

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's online image collection includes a selection of concert posters documenting PSO performances for audiences in Pittsburgh and around the world. Images that were selected for inclusion in the online collection include material from the historic 1964 U.S. State Department-sponsored diplomacy tour, the performance at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and concerts in Australia, Japan, Europe, Mexico, as well as the concert halls and public parks of Pittsburgh, PA. The images depict the PSO's heralded lineage of Music Directors, including Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Marriss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, and Manfred Honeck, who joined the PSO in 2009.

What's in the entire collection

The Pittsburgh Symphony Archives contains concert recordings, institutional and board records, photographs, moving image materials, program booklets, posters, news clippings, ephemera, and artifacts dating primarily from 1971, when the PSO moved to Heinz Hall. The PSO is dedicated to protecting its rich cultural heritage as a resource for future musicians, scholars, and its worldwide audiences. The purpose of the PSO Archives is to facilitate the present work of the PSO through the identification, collection, and preservation of:

Through its archives, the PSO promotes the understanding of its heritage by providing and enhancing access to cultural heritage materials in its collections.

About the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra provides musical experiences at the highest level of expression to enrich the community and satisfy the needs and preferences of our audiences. The PSO works together to support an internationally recognized orchestra and ensure: a viable long-term financial future; a fulfilling environment for our orchestra, staff, volunteers and board; and the unsurpassed satisfaction of our patrons.

The PSO was founded more than one hundred years ago through the generosity of Western Pennsylvania's barons of industry and played its first concert in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall in 1896. From its unassuming beginning as a local orchestra in an industrial city, the PSO has become one of the most acclaimed orchestras in the world. It was the first and only American orchestra to be invited to perform for the Pope at the Vatican in 2004 and has played in the world's most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Royal Albert Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, Beijing's new National Centre for the Performing Arts, Lucerne's Culture and Convention Center, and countless other celebrated venues across the world. The 2013-2014 season marks the sixth under the leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck. Honeck is the PSO's ninth Music Director following in the luminous footsteps of Victor Herbert, Emil Paur, Antonio Modarelli, Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons.