When Melia Tourangeau joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as President and CEO in July 2015, she immediately faced a problem she hadn’t anticipated: massive debts from a nearly insolvent pension program. Last fall, the PSO endured a 55-​day strike that ended when two donors made one-​time gifts and musicians agreed to concessions. Tourangeau…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading The Pittsburgh Symphony’s Melia Tourangeau
As Meg Cheever said, “The best park in Pittsburgh is the one you are in.” She founded the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 1996 at a time when Pittsburgh was a long way from claiming victory in stemming the tide of decline that still clung to the city. With a band of determined supporters,…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Building Pittsburgh’s future through its parks
Steve Hackman, 35, is an emerging phenomenon in the world of music, fusing classical and popular pieces. Hackman is creating and conducting his hybrid concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Jan. 27 and March 9. A native of suburban Chicago, he has an undergraduate degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading Steve Hackman’s musical mash-​ups come to Pittsburgh
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