PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2017) – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) is thrilled to announce that the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have contributed $10,000 to the company’s endowment fund for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
PBT has set a $4 million goal for the orchestra endowment, which is part of PBT’s $21.2 million capital Campaign for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The fund will protect the company’s current level of orchestra accompaniment and put PBT in position to expand it for the future by building a source of sustainable, long-term funding for annual performances with live music. Fifty musicians comprise the PBT Orchestra, which performs under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Charles Barker.
“The musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have great pride in our city and its cultural institutions – the heart and soul of any great city,” said Micah Howard, PSO bassist and Orchestra Committee chairman. “We believe that live music is essential to the success of all ballet performances, and we hope that our donation will encourage other generous individuals in our city to give in order to bring the orchestra back to all Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performances.”