The Ovations! series concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman for October 8, 2016, has been
cancelled. A dinner prior to the concert has also been
The decision comes a few days after the members of the PSO
went on strike Friday morning, September 30, causing future concerts to
be in question. Even after a decision announced Monday morning by the PSO to
cancel all of their concerts through at least October 27, discussions between
PSO’s Declan McGovern and the Lively Arts’ Hank Knerr continued considering alternative
possibilities for the Saturday engagement.
McGovern, vice president for operations and general manager
for the PSO, and Knerr, executive director of the Lively Arts, concluded Monday
afternoon that there were no viable options at this time. With the uncertainty
of when the strike may end and an already full schedule for both the PSO and
Zukerman, an immediate alternative was not readily apparent.
As Knerr explained, “As one can imagine, coordinating
schedules of dozens of people in high demand along with a variety of other
considerations, it is a significant challenge.”
According to the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, “Members of Local 60-471 of the American Federation of
Musicians and PSO management were unable to reach a new collective bargaining
agreement after months of tense negotiations…. The musicians rejected management’s
last, best and final offer Thursday night and established a picket line outside
of Heinz Hall on Friday morning.”
The Lively Arts will reach out to its subscribers and ticket
holders through e-mail and Facebook over the next few days and will begin to
process refunds quickly, with those having purchased their tickets online being
handled first. Those patrons do not have to contact the Lively Arts unless they
do not see a credit on their account within the next 10–14 days. Those having
paid by check should receive a refund within 14–21 days.
Anyone purchasing their tickets at the Hadley Union Building
in person may visit the HUB starting Tuesday, October 11, to receive a refund or call the central ticket office at 724-357-1313. Requests for a refund through the Hadley Union Building must be
made no later than November 1, 2016.
Anyone having purchased a ticket for the special Helwig
Artist Dinner that was scheduled prior to the concert will receive a full refund
either as an online credit or check. The tribute dinner will be rescheduled as
soon as it is feasible.
Any questions regarding refunds should be directed to the
Lively Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling 724-357-2787 (ARTS).