Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is your organization’s mission statement?

The mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect celebrated authors with the community, elevate civic discourse, and inspire creativity and a passion for the literary arts.

Can I give you my suggestion for a future author or event?

Absolutely! Email your suggestion to us. – while we can’t promise that we’ll be able to bring in your favorite author, we love to hear about what people are reading when planning next season’s line up. Typically authors who have new books that they’re promoting are easier to get to Pittsburgh.

When does the box office open before an event?

Regardless of the time or venue, our box office will open one hour before the beginning of the event. For example: If the lecture begins at 7:30 pm, the box office will open at 6:30 pm.

Is Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures a non-profit?

Yes, we are a 501(c)(3). If you’d like to make a contribution from your family foundation our EIN is 25-1657947.

How can my company get involved?

Please contact Katie Kurtzman, Director of Media Relations, Sponsorships, and Program Development

Are the Ten Evenings the same as the Drue Heinz Lectures?

Yes, we now call the series Ten Evenings, made possible by The Drue Heinz Trust.


Where should I park for the lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall?

Parking for the Carnegie Music Hall and the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall is available at the Carnegie Museums in Oakland. The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The entrance is located at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Craig Street. Parking behind the Carnegie Music Hall is safe and accessible. Parking for most events is $6 for the whole evening, cash-only, payable upon entry.

There is also free street parking in the City of Pittsburgh after 6 PM. Please note that this does not apply to private lots, such as the ones owned by CMU. You can check the on-street parking meters to confirm that you are in a location where parking is free after 6 PM.

I lost something in the Music Hall, what do I do?

Call the Carnegie Music Hall Special Events Office at 412.622.3360, and leave a detailed message of what you lost and where you were sitting in the hall.

How long does a typical lecture last?

The Ten Evenings are typically about 60 minutes long where the featured speaker will talk about their work, life, and process, followed by 30 minute question and answer session. Afterward, everyone is invited to have his or her book signed by the author in the lobby.

Will you have books available to purchase at the lecture?

Classic Lines in Squirrel Hill is our independent book seller for our Ten Evenings. They will be on site at each event and can accept cash or credit cards.

Can I submit a question in advance?

Yes! You can stop by our information table and write your question on a Post-It for Stephanie the night of the lecture or you can email your question in advance.

How do I enter the Music Hall?

You can enter either from the Forbes Avenue entrance, right next to the statue of Dippy the Dinosaur or you may enter through the Museum of Art which is closer to the parking lot. Click here for a map.

Where can I eat before or after the lecture?

Before the lecture you can eat at the Carnegie Café, which is right inside the Carnegie Museum of Art. The number for reservations is 412.353.4791.

We also have a lobby bar with snacks and drinks available in the Carnegie Music Hall foyer. Oakland is full of other options as well in all price ranges, all within walking distance.

What should I wear to Ten Evenings?

Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We have no dress code for Ten Evenings, but most choose business casual attire. The Music Hall tends to be much warmer inside than it is outside, so you may find layers beneficial.

Do you offer student and/or group discounts?

Yes! Students with a valid student ID can receive one ticket for $10 per student. In addition, we welcome student groups. Any instructor bringing a group of three or more students receives a complimentary ticket to the event. Student tickets are only available by phone or at the box office.

We also offer group discounts for five or more people. Please call 412.622.8866 in advance for details.

Can anyone reserve seats in the opera boxes?

Yes, based on availability. If you’re interested in sitting in an opera box for a lecture, please call 412.622.8866 to inquire about pricing and availability.

Why contribute?

Ticket prices only cover a fraction of the costs of bringing authors to Pittsburgh and making sure that the audio in the Music Hall is the best it possibly can be. Please consider a donation with your subscription, to help us keep ticket prices low for everyone. Our lowest ticket price is only $10 for students, which we can afford to keep offering because of donors at every level.

What are the contribution levels?

All levels are based on a subscription-seat basis. Contributions are tax deductible. Benefits include preferred seating areas for subscribers, recognition in the program, and invitations to meet the authors.

  • Contributor $30 per subscription seat
  • Friend $60 per subscription seat
  • Patron $140 per subscription seat
  • Sustainer $275 per subscription seat
  • Benefactor $550 per subscription seat
  • Literary Circle $1,500 per subscription seat

Preferred seating in the Carnegie Music Hall for the Lectures is based on an additional contribution of $60.00 or more. And there are other great benefits at all contributor levels, including pre-lecture receptions with the authors.

Do you sell single tickets?

Yes! Because not everyone can subscribe, we are happy to sell tickets to individual programs and will work to accommodate your needs. Seating for individual ticket holders is based on availability following the seating of subscribers.

Can I exchange my ticket?

All full or partial season subscribers can exchange their tickets during the season or donate their tickets for a tax credit (valued at the price of your ticket with the subscription discount) if unable to attend. Exchanges and tax credits are only available before 4 PM at the latest – if possible please call 412.622.8866 make all exchanges and donations of tickets before noon on the day of the event. No returns or exchanges are offered to purchasers of individual tickets.

What should I do if I lost my ticket?

Call 412.622.8866 during regular business hours prior to the lecture, and we will replace your ticket(s) at no cost. If you request a replacement at the Carnegie Music Hall Box Office on the night of the lecture, we ask for a $2.00 suggested donation for the reprint.

What should I do if a babysitter has to get in touch with me during a lecture?

Carnegie Music Hall Special Events Office, 412.622.3360. If you leave this number with someone who may need to contact you, please give them the location of your seat(s) inside the Music Hall to make it easier for us to find you. Also, if you find it necessary to leave your cell phone on during the lecture, please keep it in the silent mode to avoid disturbing other members of our audience.

What was the first lecture when the series started?

Annie Dillard on September 16, 1991 at The Fulton Theater (now The Byham Theater), when the series was called the Three Rivers Lecture Series. Along the way we’ve changed our name, venue, and have connected thousands of Pittsburghers with prolific authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, George Plimpton, Margaret Atwood, Edward Albee, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, David Sedaris, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, August Wilson, Susan Sontag, Spalding Gray, Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Susan Orlean, just to name a few!

Words & Pictures and New & Noted FAQs

Where is the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall?

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Click here for directions
(in Google Maps).

Are my seats reserved?

No, seating for both Words & Pictures and New & Noted is General Admission (unreserved, open seating).

What is New & Noted?

New & Noted brings nationally touring authors to Pittsburgh with their newly released titles. Be among the first to grab a signed copy!

What is Words & Pictures?

Words & Pictures presents acclaimed children’s authors to readers of all ages. Come hear the stories behind your favorite books and have them signed by the author!

Will the author sign my book?

Absolutely! Bring your favorite copy or buy their newest books at before or after the event from our independent book seller.

To help organize the signing line, we’ll give you a numbered pass when you walk into the lecture hall – the early you are the sooner you’ll be in line. Like boarding an airplane, you’ll have a number on your pass. When your number group is called it’s time to line up in the book signing line. We’ll come by and ask you for your name so the author has the correct spelling and put a Post-It note in your book to hold the place on the page.

The ticket includes the book – can I get a ticket without a book at a lower price?

We were able to get the author to come to Pittsburgh by guaranteeing that each ticket will include a book, in lieu of an honorarium. Because of the logistics of getting everyone into the hall we cannot make a separate ticket price that doesn’t include the book.

When was the first children’s event hosted by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures?

Saturday, October 27, 2001 with David Macaulay in the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. Since then we’ve had authors like Brian Selznick, John Green, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Megan McDonald, and many more!

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