By Andrea Bosco Stehle + Molly Doehring
Photography: Ben Petchel
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra rolled out the red carpet for its annual gala, which began with a cocktail hour at Heinz Hall. Themed “Cinema Serenade,” the evening celebrated the glamour, beauty, and music of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Nearly 1,000 guests enjoyed cocktails before a concert at Heinz Hall, followed by a Gala dinner and Soirée at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. As they arrived, guests were greeted by a vintage theater ticket booth bar, serving Champagne, and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Itzhak Perlman serenaded guests as he performed some of the silver screen’s most sentimental songs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After the concert, 400 soirée attendees were whisked to the Wyndham, where they enjoyed food stations, including meat carvings and a pasta station with gnocchi, while classic Frank Sinatra tunes performed by the Jazz Conspiracy Big Band and a special set from FUSE@PSO Creative Director Steve Hackman played! The party continued on the dance floor with music spun by DJ Mike Ley. The opening night raised a record-breaking $1.2 million! “Our mission is to engage individuals in experience of the highest artistic and educational quality, and to create informed, enduring, and evolving connections to music and to the Pittsburgh Symphony,” says Kierstin Wilson, manager of events at Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.