I have said for years that Pittsburgh is one of the most under-rated and under appreciated orchestras in our time right now. Each and every concert I have heard with them is amazing. The attention to detail, the core sound that the musicians play with, and the true musicianship that is exchibited between members of the orchestra is unbelievable. Not to discord any other orchestra, by any means do I mean that other groups get un-deserved attention as they are all amazing, however I just think that Pittsburgh is one of those sleeping giants that if you get the chance to hear, you should take that chance.
About ten years ago I heard Pittsburgh in the amazing Heinze Hall downtown, play "Firebird Suite" (1921 I think) as well as Mahler 1 -- along with two other shorter pieces (I don't recall them) on the same concert -- it was absolutely amazing. As a side note, the double reed playing in the orchestra is absolutely exquisite -- both oboes and bassoons. (I'm partial to the oboes, of course :-) ) but nonetheless, just breathtaking.
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)