Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Consider These Issues to Attract New Pso-Goers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Consider These Issues to Attract New Pso-Goers

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is in the clutches of a horrendous and perhaps fatal musician's strike ("PSO Cancels More Concerts Amid Strike," Oct. 18). Maybe it is time to review the ordeal imposed upon the new, potential concert attendee.

The number of people, even from within Allegheny Country, we have met over the years who have never visited the city, Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museums or the National Aviary, much less Heinz Hall for the PSO, is legion. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands make it to the sports stadiums.

Try this: I want to go into Pittsburgh to a PSO concert. Where do I park and how much does it cost? Are there affordable restaurants nearby that make it easy and timely to eat dinner? With all the one- way streets and pesky bridges, can I get out of town once in? Are children welcome? What does the PSO do to make allowances for the family? There's got to be more questions, but these are a good start.

After hours, Pittsburgh is actually an easy city to navigate. To new visitors, however, it is all but impenetrable. The PSO must reach a wider audience. The way to do that is to help potential customers answer some questions. Take the guesswork out of the evening for more than one market segment, not just older patrons.

The budget crunch is a marketing challenge, not a labor challenge.

JOHN BOYNTON

Hampton

Clinton and religion

Before accepting the presumptions of Marc Thiessen's column "People of Faith, Look Out" (Oct. 17 Perspectives), PG readers should listen to or read Hillary Clinton's Women in the World Summit speech to learn the full context of her views.

Her remarks to the group focused on the rights of women and girls to receive an education, economic equality, freedom from domestic violence and the ability to participate fully in the governance of their nation. And, yes, if these rights are denied on the basis of "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases," there must be change. To suggest that the speech was an attack on religious freedom is a mischaracterization not only of her words but also of Ms. Clinton as exemplified by her Methodist upbringing.

According to Tim Kaine, Ms. …

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