First Annual Patricia Ann Steffee Memorial Concert


On April 20, 2018 Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts lost its beloved founder and dedicated Board member, Patricia Ann Steffee. To pay tribute to the memory of this loving woman and devoted ARCA patron, ARCA will present the first annual Patricia Steffee Memorial Concert on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall – JENNIFER ORCHARD & FRIENDS. The afternoon of chamber music by premiere chamber musician and Pittsburgh Symphony violinist, Jennifer Orchard, with pianist Igor Kraevsky, violist David Harding and cellist Mikhail Istomin will feature music by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Martinu and music by Juon – from her recent CD of his music. Jennifer and Igor also will perform with mezzo-soprano Katherine Soroka, Morgen by Richard Strauss, a favorite of Patricia’s.

This glorious afternoon of world class chamber music in the intimacy and crystalline acoustics of Lincoln Hall will offer those who knew and loved Patricia moments to reflect and remember her many years of tireless work, multitudinous contributions and deep caring for ARCA, its Members, audiences and the beautiful music and art presented during its first twelve years.

Tickets are Adults $25, Members $20, Students $5. Call to reserve at 724-659-3153 or buy online at

Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Jennifer Orchard is a favorite of ARCA audiences and has performed in nearly every ARCA season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players since appearing with Mikhail Istomin in ARCA’s 2006 inaugural concert of mezzo-soprano Katherine Soroka, performing works from their Encore, Encore CD. Over the years, Jennifer and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players have presented diverse programs from Beethoven and Dvorak to Shostakovich and Piazzolla. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states: “They appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose”.

Jennifer Orchard is honored to be performing this concert in Patricia Steffee’s memory. Beloved by ARCA founders, Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee, Jennifer Orchard, Mikhail Istomin and their three beautiful children have been frequent visitors to RiverStone Farm over the years in addition to their many performances in Lincoln Hall. Asked to pay musical tribute to her dear friend at the family memorial service for Patricia at RiverStone in April, Jennifer Orchards’s eloquent performances of Massenet, Strauss and Gounod were deeply moving. On the November 18 concert, a work for violin and voice will again be performed in Patricia’s memory by Jennifer Orchard and Kathy Soroka.

After the concert, join us for a Meet the Artist reception at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop, from 4 to 6 PM coinciding with the Red Brick Gallery’s Annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale.

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