great music in great architectural or historical settings
Music for Neighborhoods is a project that produces intermittent concerts in architectural or historic landmarks in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, often combined with a walking tour of the surrounding community. Pittsburgh’s distinctive neighborhoods are one of the area’s most unique assets, yet many are unknown even to long-time residents. A guided tour and short lecture, combined with a musical program, provide a marvelous opportunity for the public to learn more about local heritage. Music for the concerts is carefully selected to complement the architectural site and/or reflect the cultural or ethnic nature of the surrounding community.
The project was started in 1985 by another organization called Music in Pittsburgh, founded by Donald Downs. The Renaissance City Winds assumed production in 1987. Over the years, events have taken place in churches, civic auditoriums, outdoor parks, historic homes and estates, a unique planned Utopian village built in the 1930s, and libraries, including the world’s first Carnegie Library!