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Pittsburgh Classical Music: Classical Music Around Pittsburgh

Below are our Pittsburgh Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Pittsburgh Art.

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh

This well-established, semi-professional choir of 100-plus singers was established in 1934 as an ensemble dedicated exclusively to performing the music of J.S. Bach. Since 1937, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh has steadily expanded not only its repertoire, but also its place as a musical fixture in the western Pennsylvania region. The choir’s career highlights include its sole collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1950, under the direction of guest conductor …more…

Carnegie Mellon School of Music

Not only does Carnegie-Mellon have a well-rounded set of performing ensembles including the Philharmonic, Concert Choir, Baroque Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, but the school also boasts two fully staged opera productions—complete with orchestra—each year.

If you can’t make it to the performances, you can visit The Destination, a website completely focused on live webcasts of Carnegie Mellon School of Music performances.  Past concerts are also archived there, available for …more…

Mendelssohn Choir

As Pittsburgh’s oldest existing performing arts group, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has sought to honor its namesake’s accomplishments in the fields of choral literature and conducting since its inception in 1908. While the Choir’s seasons—which run from October through June—frequently consists of works by Romantic masters like Brahms, Mahler, Verdi, Fauré, and Mendelssohn himself, the group also performs seminal compositions by the likes of Handel and Mozart and contemporary …more…

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society

Similar in focus to its Philadelphia counterpart, the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society’s goal is to bring top-tier chamber musicians to the city and the surrounding tri-state area. Begun in 1961 as a civic effort to enhance the quality of the local arts scene, the PCMS presents both its main Chamber Music Series at Carnegie Music Hall and the Recital Series at Bellefield Hall, with renowned artists such as the Miró …more…

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO)

The Pittsburgh Symphony began in 1898 under the direction of Victor Herbert. Herbert, well-known for his hugely popular comic operas, was the perfect director for an orchestra that intended to forge a connection with a varied audience of diverse music lovers, and continues to do so to this day.

Throughout the season, the Pittsburgh Symphony offers not just stellar performances, but also vibrant learning opportunities for the community. Teaming with public …more…

The Pittsburgh Camerata

The Pittsburgh Camerata is a professional chamber choir that was founded in 1974 and has a special focus on works of the Baroque era and of the 20th century. Each year, under the leadership of Rebecca A. Rollett, the Camerata performs a 9-concert series in the greater Pittsburgh area. The choir’s programming is often inventive, as evidenced in a concert where short readings of classic literature were paired with relevant …more…