Markham and Foster 4th Grades visited Heinz Hall for a special presentation by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The concert was titled "In the Neighborhood" with every piece featuring a connection to Pittsburgh. To the delight of our students, many of the artists and compositions had connections to the Mt. Lebanon School District.
Alexandra Thompson, a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mt. Lebanon High School alumna, and daughter of Mt. Lebanon instrumental music teacher, Christy Friesner, was the featured cello soloist.
Recent Mt. Lebanon High School alumna Hannah Ishizaki composed the last piece featured in the concert entitled, City of Bridges. Hannah is the youngest female composer ever to have a world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her composition City of Bridges was played by the PSO at a Fiddlesticks concert in February 2017 and on the PSO's Spain tour. She currently attends the Julliard School .
Also featured in the program was Ms. Katy Williams, a Mt. Lebanon resident and parent who was the featured vocalist. Ms. Williams is professional singer and private music teacher in the area.
It was quite an opportunity for our next generation of musicians to have such wonderful role models to look up to, knowing that at one time these musicians walked the same halls, practiced in the same rooms and had some of the same outstanding music teachers as our students have today. Our 4th graders loved the experience, the music and were #leboproud of the Mt. Lebanon connections.