With the sunshine glistening on the water of Boston harbour, we flew up and away towards Pittsburg. Mark and I were trying to work out when we last visited this great city and neither of us could recall doing a show here since the heady days of DS. Unless I’m mistaken, it was in fact on 6 August 1985 at the Syria Mosque. The building was torn down on August 27, 1991 despite community efforts to have it designated a historic landmark. The site is now a parking lot for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Pittsburg has come a long way since then and as soon as we drove out of the tunnel, over the bridge and into the city, we could sense a real atmosphere, probably something to do with the effect of suddenly bursting into the open and being right there in downtown. The views across the bridge look over the point where the Ohio river is born, a confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers to the spectacular arenas of Heinz Field (home of the Steelers & University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams) and PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Our destination was the Heinz Hall, home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is a 2,676 seat venue which puts on about 200 performances each year. Originally built in 1927 as Loew’s Penn Theatre, the former movie palace was renovated and reopened as Heinz Hall in 1971. The backstage dressing rooms are comfortable and numerous. Glenn Worf’s 4 kids were all in the house tonight and it was great so see them all backstage, looking so well.