The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces the 2023/2024 season under the motto “Experience the power of NOW”. The 2023/2024 season will be the 128th in the history of the orchestra – the sixth oldest major orchestra in the United States – and the 16th under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck. “Music at its heart is really about life—our shared experiences of triumphs and disappointments, of the pain of darkness and the hopefulness of light, of our deep connections with one another. To me, music is the most dynamic form of art with an unforgettable connection between the orchestra and the audience that unfolds in real time with intensity and excitement,” said Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “The music, composers and artists of the 2023/2024 season both speak to our times and offer us the possibility to spend time together on an unforgettable musical journey, with old friends and new.“The upcoming season will have four world premieres, 12 Pittsburgh premieres and nine outstanding soloists and conductors making their debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “The 2023/2024 season has the power to embrace the “now” with performances that are deeply relevant to our time, and that connect intimately with us. When played with the passion of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and led by our exceptional Music Director Manfred Honeck and Principal Pops Conductor Byron Stripling, music has the power to transform our lives,” said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “There is no time like now to see and hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
More information about the upcoming season can also be found here.
Highlights of the 2023/2024 Classical Season
Premieres and commissions in Manfred Honeck programs: In the 2023/2024 season, all four of the world premieres and commissions, as well as seven of the 12 Pittsburgh premieres (including a PSO commission) will be led by Manfred Honeck.The world premieres and commissions are: Yizkor by Boris Pigovat; a new work by Katherine Balch; a new work by Samy Moussa; and a Double Concerto for Oboe and Horn by Michael DaughertyThe Pittsburgh premieres are: Kauyumari by Gabriela Ortiz; Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra by Robert Schumann; to make this mountain taller by Sarah Gibson; Lux Aeterna by Eriks Essenvalds; Thunderbolt P-47 by Bohuslav Martinu; Bright Idea by Nico Muhly; Tormenta del Sur by Nancy Galbraith; Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula by James Lee III; Violin Concerto, Opus 31 by Alberto Ginastera; Dante Symphony by Franz Liszt; Violin Concerto by Wynton Marsalis; and Coincident Dances by Jessie Montgomery. Conductors making their Pittsburgh debuts are: Petr Popelka and Dalia Stasevska.
Soloists and guest artists making their Pittsburgh debuts are: David McCarroll, violin, Bomsori Kim, violin, Randall Goosby, violin, Elena Villalón, soprano, Alexandre Kantorow, piano, Pablo Ferrández, cello, and Yunchan Lim, piano. Returning artists are: James Gaffigan, Juraj Valčuha, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Juanjo Mena, Osmo Vänskä, Stéphane Denève and Vasily Petrenko, as well as Rudolf Buchbinder who will lead a special evening of all five Beethoven piano concerti. David McCarroll, violin, Hélène Grimaud, piano, Behzod Abduraimov, piano, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Yulianna Avdeeva, piano, Alexi Kenney, violin, James Ehnes, violin, Hilary Hahn, violin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Women of the Mendelssohn Choir, Nicola Benedetti, violin, Benjamin Grosvenor, piano, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, PSO principal oboe, William Caballero, PSO principal horn, and Yefim Bronfman, piano.

Recordings: Manfred Honeck and the orchestra will continue their long and illustrious recording history with the recording of four works, over two concert weekends:a new work by Samy Moussa and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 (April 26-28, 2024)
Michael Daugherty’s Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol, and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird (June 14-16, 2024)
Honeck and the Orchestra are also expected to release new recordings in the 2023/2024 season.