Bursting Balloons Interrupt Pittsburgh Symphony's Opening-Night Gala

Classical Music   Bursting Balloons Interrupt Pittsburgh Symphony's Opening-Night Gala
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's gala opening-night concert on September 10 was disrupted repeatedly by the loud sound of popping balloons, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The balloons, stored up by the ceiling of Heinz Hall for a celebratory release at the end of the concert, burst frequently during the concert, interrupting cellist Yo-Yo Ma and hornist William Caballero's solos during Dvoršk's Cello Concerto.

According to the Tribune-Review, the risk of bursting balloons was known to the orchestra beforehand, since resident conductor Daniel Meyer included a warning about them in his opening remarks.

The program also included Dvoršk's Carnival Overture, Rossini's William Tell Overture, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, and Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Artistic advisor Andrew Davis, a member of the orchestra's three-conductor leadership team, conducted.

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