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WQED Production of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity to Air Nationally on PBS Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET

05/12/2018

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh take the stage at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh for Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity, which airs Tuesday, December 11 at 8pm on PBS stations nationwide. Credit: Edward DeArmitt.

Renowned Violinist Itzhak Perlman Joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck, PSO Principal Clarinetist Michael Rusinek and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in Remembrance of Tree of Life Victims

PITTSBURGH, PA and ARLINGTON, VA -- PBS will broadcast nationally WQED's locally-produced Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity, a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall, was taped on November 27, one month after the tragedy, as part of the PSO's Music for the Spirit series.

Made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity, a one-hour special, will air nationwide on PBS stations on Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. (*check local listings) Watch a clip.

Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity will stream on PBS.org and on the PBS Facebook page concurrently with the broadcast. The concert will also be available for streaming after broadcast on station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's special concert evening of remembrance and reverence brought the Pittsburgh community together to find comfort, strength and solace through music, hope and unity.

This was public media at its finest, celebrating community and hope over evil, said CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison. The voices of this community from the Chief of Police to those who were directly impacted by the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, affirmed that hatred can't weaken the city of steel. Pittsburgh strong' is a reality and reflected through the partnership among WQED, the PSO, and local police, government and diverse religious leaders.

Through our production of this Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, we hope to inspire healing and to repay the kindness the world has shown Pittsburgh during the city's darkest days in the aftermath of the tragedy, said WQED President and CEO, Deborah L. Acklin. The community collaboration on this project was extraordinary. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting was able to quickly fund this project so that the people of Pittsburgh, through the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, could thank the world for their support and share an evening of solace with the nation.

Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PSO Principal Clarinetist Michael Rusinek and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. All artists graciously donated their services for this performance.

The performance features the following works:

Maurice Ravel: Kaddish from Deux M lodies H bra ques for Clarinet and String Orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich: Largo from Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47

David Zehavi (arr. Pigovat): Eli, Eli ( My God, My God ), A Walk to Caesarea

Felix Mendelssohn: Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains from Elijah

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Opus 45 IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindlers List for Violin and Orchestra

Edward Elgar: Nimrod from Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma , Opus 36

It is our hope that the Concert for Peace and Unity brings a sense of peace and healing in the wake of unimaginable tragedy, said Paula Kerger, President & CEO, PBS. We thank the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and WQED for partnering with PBS to share this beautiful tribute with a national audience.

As advocates of peace, tolerance and understanding, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings people together through the universal power of music to collectively grieve and heal after this horrific tragedy, both locally and across the country added PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.

About WQED

WQED creates and shares public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and WQED Education (www.wqed.org/edu).

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for other updates.

About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 90 million people through television and 30 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's
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