Concerts for a Cause

The mission of our Shadyside Porch Concerts is to bring people together through music.  Donations from our concerts support local musicians and help fund youth music programs in Pittsburgh. This year, our donations helped launch Azure Family Concerts, an all-behaviors-welcome series for families with autism. 


This is a collaboration between Azure Concerts Baltimore, Autism Society Pittsburgh, and the CMU Music Entrepreneurship program led by"Mom who cares" Anitra Birnbaum, who recently moved from Baltimore. Monique Mead is donating her services as Artistic Director of the series.  

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution through the Autism Society, please click the button below and select "Azure Family Concerts" from the drop down menu. 

Thanks for you support!



Azure events are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges.

Since many with autism (or related challenges) cannot attend traditional music performances due to uncontrollable vocalizations or physical movements, the Azure concerts create a musical environment where such behaviors are not frowned upon, but joyfully accepted and embraced.  Artists include Grammy Award winning saxophonist, Eric DeFade; violinist, Monique Mead; and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.


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