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February 17, 2017
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Pittsburgh Opera collaborates on free community events promoting The Summer King – the Josh Gibson Story

Pittsburgh Opera is partnering with The Josh Gibson Foundation and other organizations on a series of free community events, during Black History Month and beyond, to mark the world premiere of The Summer King – the Josh Gibson Story.

The events will be held in February and April at venues including Hill House, Pittsburgh Project, Steel Valley High School, the Carnegie Library of Homestead, and additional locations to be announced.  All events are free and open to the public.

Each event will feature an engaging line-up of panelists:

  • Sean Gibson, Executive Director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, will discuss his great-grandfather Josh, Josh’s career and  Negro League Baseball in Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn will discuss the development of The Summer King from its early concept to the decision to launch the world premiere here in Pittsburgh. 
  • Members of the cast or chorus, as well as other Pittsburgh Opera artists, will talk about their roles or sing special sneak previews of songs from The Summer King.
  • The opera’s composer, Daniel Sonenberg, will be available to join the discussion for many of the April community events.
  • When available, some of the special celebrity VIPs who are appearing as supernumeraries in The Summer King may attend.
  • Other guests may appear at events as well. 

Pittsburgh Opera will be having special “Pay What You Want” flash sales on ticket to The Summer King.  Plus the events will include contests and giveaways, such as the opportunity to win Josh Gibson merchandise or free VIP tickets to see The Summer King.

The Summer King will be performed at the Benedum Center April 29th – May 7th.

Free Community Events Schedule

The Summer King Community Event Sponsors