Pittsburgh is very fortunate to have a thriving arts scene. For those who are looking to take in a show or performance, odds are good you'll be heading to one of the many halls and theaters in Cultural District right in the heart of downtown to make it happen.
For a recent show we made our way to the historic Heinz Hall to check out the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they put on yet another incredible performance worthy of their 100-year history.
Heinz Hall is an Ornate and Historic Building
Nothing gets us into a mood for a performance more than entering a historic building from an era long since past, and Heinz Hall most certainly fits this description.
The theater was first opened in 1927 as a motion picture hall and was only later converted to a theater for the performing arts in the mid-1960s- both to save the building from imminent destruction and also find a new home for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra which was exploding in popularity.
The first performance took place in late 1971 and the rest, as they say, is history.
With numerous face-lifts and expansions since that first performance, Heinz Hall has grown to feature a fine dining restaurant, a modern bar, and so much more.
Numerous Shows by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The aspect of Heinz Hall that we love the most is not just that it is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. There is far more to this venue than meets the eye as over 200 performances a year take place inside- ranging from classical concerts, holiday shows, touring performances, and even light-hearted events based on popular culture of the day.
It is because of this that anyone can visit Heinz Hall and find something they enjoy. When it comes to taking in the arts in a city like Pittsburgh, it truly doesn't matter what you see, what matters is that you simply go see something!
Heinz Hall and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is located at 600 Penn Avenue in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh.
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