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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPNC Broadway Across America Pittsburgh Contact: Diana Roth, 412-471-8717, Roth@TrustArts.org
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American in Paris Production Number





AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
THE MOST AWARDED NEW MUSICAL OF 2015
ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR PITTSBURGH

COMING TO PITTSBURGH CLO & PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH
MAY 30 - JUNE 11, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA · May 4, 2017  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will open in Pittsburgh on May 30 for a two-week engagement at the Benedum Center May 30 - June 11.
Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin will be played by McGee Maddox and Sara Esty. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (WickedDreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of MormonRogers + Hammerstein'sCinderella) as Henri Baurel.

Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) and Ryan Steele (NewsiesMatilda) join the cast as the Lise and Jerry alternates. Rounding out the company are: Karolina BlonskiBrittany BohnStephen BrowerRandy CastilloJessica CohenJace CoronadoAlexa De BarrAshlee DuprГErika HebronChristopher M. HowardWeston Krukow, Marina LazzarettoNathalie MarrableTom MattinglyCaitlin MeighanDon NobleSayiga Eugene PeabodyAlexandra PerniceDavid ProttasDanielle SantosBradley Schlagheck,Lucas SegoviaKyle VaughnLaurie WellsDana WinkleErica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.

American in Paris,  Arc De Triomphe


Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.
The creative team also includes Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director and associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer and resident director).

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," 'S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the ThГГctre du ChГctelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opened March 21, 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year's Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated PressThe Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.
The producing team includes Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and ThГГctre du ChГctelet.
For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

American in Paris Cast on Bicycles



TICKETS
Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 412-456-6666, by visiting CulturalDistrict.org/Paris online or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.  Groups of 10 or more should call 1-844-PGH-SHOW (844-744-7469) and press option 2 or 3.

PITTSBURGH CLO





Since 1946, Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons yearly who attend its performances at three venues in the Cultural District: a seasonal subscription series at the Benedum Center, A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater and year-round shows at the CLO Cabaret. Its dedication to the musical theater art form includes educational programs such as the CLO Academy for Performance and Art, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award and The National High School Theatre Awards. As part of its new works development, the organization has been involved with 22 Broadway shows (29 Tony Awards), and in 2014 produced the world premiere of An American in Paris in Paris on Broadway, where it won 4 Tony Awards and was the most awarded musical of the season. For more information please visit pittsburghCLO.org.




Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. TrustArts.org


Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets, with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!School of Rock and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
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Publish Date: 05-05-2017 07:17:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Roth@TrustArs.org / 412-471-8717


Complete programming schedule, visit: TrustArts.org/TRAF 
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces



2017 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
10 Days of Free Music + Art

Friday, June 2 Through Sunday, June 11, 2017
Point State Park / Gateway Center/ Cultural District
Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2017 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festivalwill take place Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 11 in Point State Park, Gateway Center and the Cultural District.  This 10 day Festival, now in its 58th year of presenting free music + art, will bring together over 500,000 festival goers and award winning artists from a variety of genres.  The Festival offers an exciting schedule of events where everyone can share cultural and global exchanges and experiences in celebration of the arts.  The Festival provides artists- locally, nationally and internationally- an opportunity to share their talents with all of us. 


The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival has been a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust since 2009.  During that time the Cultural Trust has organized reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives as part of the Festival's programming goals.  Through the generous support of Colcom, these initiatives have been recognized for green practice achievements, receiving the Outstanding Green Event Award from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.  In 2015, USA Today 10 Best readers selected Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival second in the top ten winners' category of Best Arts Festival.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful to Dollar Bank for its support and long-time commitment of bringing this unique Festival to our City that welcomes everyone to enjoy 10 days of free music + art.  
This year's Festival will offer daily music, theater and dance performances, visual art exhibits, public art interactive installations, Giant Eagle Creativity Zone activities for all ages, plus food trucks, the ever popular Artist Market presented by Peoples Natural Gas and more. 


2017 DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
HIGHLIGHTS: MUSIC, ART, PERFORMANCE
For a complete listing of events and information about the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, please visitTrustArts.org/TRAF; or call 412-456-6666.  The Festival is free and open to the public from 12 8 pm (unless otherwise noted) for each of the Festival's 10 days. Some attractions are open on an ongoing basis daily, though others have limited or specific hours of operation. There's always something going on. Check the schedule for complete details! 

FEATURED MUSIC LINEUP
The Dollar Bank Three Rives Arts Festival 2017 Featured Music Lineup was announced on 91.3 WYEP throughout the day on March 30.  These Featured Musicians (+ Supporting Acts) will be performing on the Dollar Bank Stage located in Point State Park. 


Rebirth Brass Band


Rebirth Brass Band (+ Jimbo and the Soupbones), Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Hippo Campus (+ Pet Clinic), Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Las Cafeteras (+ Meeting of Important People), Sunday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. (91.3 WYEP Day) 
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.


Pittsburgh Symphony

Michael Kiwanuka (+Cloves), Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sean RoweWednesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. + Birds of Chicago8:15 p.m.
Beats + Bars featuring Choo Jackson, HollyHood, Billy Pilgrim, Pirate Gang, Track Meet, Hubbs, + DJ Selecta,Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.
Dawes (+ The Accidentals), Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Jarosz + Fruition (6:00 p.m.), Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. (Also part of Bluegrass Day supported by Colcom Foundation)
St. Paul and the Broken Bones (+ The Commonheart), Sunday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
THEATER + DANCE


Blue Lapis Light Dance

Blue Lapis Light | Fifth Avenue Place
Performances will be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m. 

Opening weekend will feature an event unlike anything seen before in Pittsburgh with Blue Lapis Light. The aerial dance company will extend boundaries and defy edges in their Pittsburgh premiere dance performance, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Dance Council. This site-specific performance will be a completely original piece choreographed specifically for the Fifth Avenue Place faГade. The spectacle is free to attend, with performances taking place at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd


The Light Princess


The Light Princess | Peirce Studio, Trust Arts Education CenterPerformance will be held Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Arts Education Department presents Jumping Jack Theater's first multi-sensory adventure created for young audiences on the autism spectrum. Born without gravity, The Light Princess floats and laughs her way through each day. Her unusual behavior baffles and worries her family who views life resolutely from the ground. As her family struggles to accept her unique nature, an unexpected visitor comes along who changes everything. This sensory-friendly world premiere production features innovative puppetry, lush settings, an original score, and interactive moments designed to engage ALL audiences. Directed by Stephen Santa. Story adapted from George MacDonald's fairy tale by Rebecca Covert and Joann Kielar.

Tracks | Dollar Bank Main Stage 
Wednesday, June 7 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
A performance showcasing dancers from Boston and Pittsburgh in a mosaic of dance styles. Featuring artists based in Pittsburgh and Boston, Tracks // where will dance take you? provides a platform for esteemed dance artists to share a mosaic of dance styles including modern, contemporary, street, ballet, and dance theater. Tracks provides a path for growth outside of home cities and is designed to support dance makers and presenters in various stages of career development - in turn, celebrating some of the industries freshest works and stakeholders. Tracks is a sister city collaboration between Green Street Studios of Cambridge, MA and artist manager Jessica Marino (JAMpress management) of Pittsburgh, PA.

TRAF Dance Battles | Stanwix Stage
Sunday, June 11 from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
The returning TRAF Dance Battle will include two competition formats in 2017. There will be 1v1 All Styles (open to any dance style) and 1v1 Breaking (Bboys and Bgirls only). Open cyphers and registration will take place from 12 - 1 pm. All Styles prelims will begin at 1 pm and Breaking Prelims will begin at 2 pm.
CREATE FESTIVAL
On Thursday, June 1, the CREATE Festival heralds opening weekend of the 2017 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a full-day line-up of art, tech, workshops, talks, performances, awards, parties and opportunities to experience the newest trends in creativity and innovation. Presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, highlights of the festival will be on display at the August Wilson Center through June 5.  
PUBLIC ARTAll Public Art is on display daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.



Umbrella Sky Project
Gateway Center
Funded by Colcom and Laurel Foundation
Coloring life and making people smile, the Umbrella Sky Project was born in Г gueda, Portugal in 2012, developed by the creative agency Sextafeira ProduГГues. The sky of floating umbrellas is the strong element of this project--a simple idea that brings life and protection to public spaces and events.
Tidal

Point State Park, Overlook
Tidal is a geofeedback installation that bridges the gap between waterbodies outside and inside us. Find yourself underneath a suspended storm of metal and fabric clouds, illuminated with hundreds of LEDs. In the center stands a bowl full of clear water, reacting gently to the flow of the river. The lights within the installation mimic the motion of Pittsburgh's three rivers in realtime, pulling from tidal data and creating an enchanting sense of union to the watercycle, but trace your fingers inside the bowl of water and watch as you start to stir up a storm. The LEDs react to the flow of water created by your movement.




Displaced | Artist: Maranie Staab
Allegheny River Walk
"Displaced: Photos by Maranie Staab" is presented during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival as part of Riverlife's 'to be determined' series. 'to be determined' was developed by Riverlife in 2015 to highlight the potential of the underutilized space along the Allegheny River under the Fort Duquesne Bridge on-ramp between Point State Park and the Cultural District in Pittsburgh. The outdoor exhibition features images taken during the artist's time in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon in 2016.
Take a Seat!

Allegheny River Walk
Take a Seat! is an interactive installation of movable chairs on the riverfront and the latest chapter in Riverlife's 'to be determined' series under the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Twenty-five lightweight movable chairs are equipped with a GPS locator to record their locations and movements under the bridge and into Point State Park. Find a chair, move it to your favorite riverfront spot during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, take a seat, and enjoy the view! Snap a pic and tag it online with #TakeaSeatPGH and track the chairs' journey at RiverlifePGH.org.


ART EXHIBITIONS http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/storage/TRAF_Promo.jpg | Peirce Studio, Trust Arts Education CenterDrap-Art is an association of artists who use trash as their material or conceptual resource. With this philosophy in mind, Drap-Art promotes the work of 150 artists at its festival in Barcelona every year and in many international venues. Last year, Drap-Art had its premiere in the US at the Re:NEW Festival in Pittsburgh and is again present in the city, this time at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a collective exhibition of Recycle Art with 8 US-based artists and a Spanish Urban artist, Francisco de PГjaro, who will paint on all kinds of garbage and junk he'll find downtown and fill the festival with color. 
Juried Visual Art Exhibition | 4th Floor, Trust Arts Education Center
Showcasing exceptional new arts by regional artists in various stages of their careers, and in a variety of media, the Juried Visual Art Exhibition delivers high-quality arts to Festival fans in an indoor gallery setting. The 2017 Juried Visual Art Exhibition was juried by Lee Parker (founder and Executive Director of Neu Kirche Contemporary), John PeГa (multidisciplinary artist), and Lenore D. Thomas (mixed media artist), and was coordinated by Ivette Spradlin with support from the Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation. 
2017 JVAE Artists: Nicholas Decker, Kaylie Maines, Thomas Norulak, Morgan Scalese, George Francis, Hannah Altman, Katie Ott, Don Coulter, Tyler Gaston, Bradley Weyandt, Shawn Quinlan, Gerald Van Scyoc, Ruthanne Bauerle, Aimee Bungard, Rebecca Clever, Jason Lee, Brittany De Nigris, Ryan McCormick, David Bernabo, Doreen Grasso, Jim Bove, Claira Heitzenrater, Dan Hendrickson, Sharon Arffa, Lesla, Christopher Boring, Thomas Waters, Shawn Watrous, Marla Roddy, Zachariah Szabo, Ronda Opipery, Jazzmint Dash, Sam Ticknor, Tyler Bergholz, Tony Landolina, Silvija Singh, Gregory Anderson, Jenna Boyles, Joyce Werwie Perry, Lizzee Solomon, Kayan Moussoba, Sidney Mullis, Mike Korsak, Kate Hansen, Crystal Latimer, Megan Tepper, Ross Hardy, Sheila Swartz, Sarika Goulatia, Emily Sciulli, Tom Megalis.
ART ON FILM



Pittsburgh Filmmakers will host art-focused films in the Harris Theater, including the International Animated Shorts Program and The Freedom to Mary. 
ARTIST MARKET PRESENTED BY PEOPLES NATURAL GASThe Artist Market presented by Peoples Natural Gas features 350+ independent artists in an open- air setting, selling handmade art from 12:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. daily. Every artist participates for a varying number of days so, beyond what you find on opening day, you can discover the work of new artists on Saturday, June 3Wednesday, June 7Friday, June 9; and Saturday, June 10.
The Artist Market at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival takes place throughout Point State Park and Gateway Center daily, as well as Penn Avenue Extension on Weekends. The Artist Market is a cornerstone of the Festival and provides the public with an opportunity to purchase work directly from artists specializing in an array of media.




Established in 2002, the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festivalprovides individuals with little to no experience exhibiting in festivals the opportunity to take an important first step towards a future in fine art and craft shows. The program supports the growth and longevity of fine arts and fine crafts in the Pittsburgh region with a special devotion to introducing new art forms to the Festival and new audiences to emerging artists. Applications will begin again in the fall 2017, for the 2018 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Festival goers will have an opportunity to meet the 2017 Emerging Artists and see their works on display within the Artist Market locations. One of the Festival's Emerging Artist's from last year's Scholarship Program was Nathan Doverspike.  Nathan returns this year to the Festival as one of the artist participants with works on view at 937 Liberty Avenue.  
In addition to the aforementioned exhibits, all of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's galleries will be open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
GIANT EAGLE CREATIVITY ZONEThe Giant Eagle Creativity Zone will be open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Point State Park and Gateway Center locations. Each year, the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone is home to hands-on activities and demonstrations presented by some of Pittsburgh's most preeminent art and outreach organizations. Organizations participating in the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone include: The Anthropology of Motherhood, Construction Junction, For Good PGH, Mattress Factory, PC/PFA, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Techshop, Trust Arts Education and the Warhol Museum.

For up to date information and a full schedule (including locations, dates and times) for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.
SupportersThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust acknowledges the following Festival supporters for their generous support of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival: Dollar Bank, Presenting Sponsor; Peoples Natural Gas, Artist Market Presenter; Giant Eagle, Creativity Zone Presenter; Foundation and Government Support: The Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, Colcom Foundation, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, Laurel Foundation, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the City of Pittsburgh.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts FestivalThe Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (58th year in 2017), a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting nearly 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Fridayin June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh's famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city's renowned Cultural District. Now in its 58th year, the Festival's loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, technology features, and an Artist Market featuring 300+ artists from around the country.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is the recipient of the Outstanding Green Event Award and GOLD level accreditation from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.  The Festival's environmentally green initiatives of waste reduction, reuse and recycling throughout the Festival grounds are made possible through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation. TrustArts.org/TRAF 
Funded by a growing community of foundations, corporations, and Festival fans, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is for everyone who believes in the arts. It cannot happen without individual support. Gifts made atTrustArts.org/TRAFdonate will help make the entire festival possible, including this year's highlights. 
Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
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Publish Date: 05-04-2017 13:19:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
April 26, 2017                                                                                                                     412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org
                                                         
                                                                                                                                                Dave Hallewell
412-622-1520

WQED's RICKSTARTER CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
EXCEEDS GOAL BY $30,000

Total of $142,777 raised on goal of $113,000 for new series
from Producer Rick Sebak






PITTSBURGH WQED's Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to fund Producer Rick Sebak's next series of six shows has exceeded its goal by $29,777 and enabled WQED to add a seventh program to the production schedule.

Dubbed Rickstarter, the campaign kicked off on March 27 with the goal of raising $113,000 in 30 days to fund six new programs titled NEBBY: Rick Sebak's Tales of Greater Pittsburgh.  That initial goal was met on April 17 eight days ahead of schedule.  The campaign continued with a stretch goal of $133,000 to fund a seventh program, which was met on April 23.  The 30-day campaign ended at 12:01am on April 26 with a total of $142,777 raised from 1,411 donors.  Kickstarter crowd funding campaigns are all or nothing, meaning that if the goal is not met, no money would be forthcoming.

This was WQED's first crowd funding effort, and the results blew us away, said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia.  We're always looking for new ways to fund projects, and a Rick Sebak series was the perfect fit for this type of campaign.  His audience spans all age groups and his popularity is universal.

I have to say that the whole Kickstarter/Rickstarter experience has been exhilarating but also terrifying at times, said Rick.  This NEBBY project was an experiment and a gamble, and we had a high goal for what was essentially a local Pittsburgh project, but people I've known and worked with and done stories about over my thirty years at WQED”as well as many people I've never met-- all came through with a level of enthusiasm and support that is amazing.

I am so thankful for all of our backers, from the Buhl Foundation that really got this rolling to whoever was that last pledge this morning at 12:01AM.



More than 1,400 people have become Sebakers through their support for the project.  Rick himself made more than 35 personal appearances during the campaign, appearing at such varied places as Rick Sebak Day in Millvale, local restaurants, craft breweries, and food trucks, as well as interviews on local television, radio and podcasts.  Social media played a major role in getting the word out to his fans and the general public, and the response was overwhelming.

Rick will begin production of NEBBY: Rick Sebak's Tales of Greater Pittsburgh this summer, with the first episode scheduled to premiere in fall 2017 on WQED-TV.

About WQED
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
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About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer

 

Publish Date: 05-03-2017 09:27:00
 


RESONANCE WORKS‹ ‹|

‹Pittsburgh music bridging passion and place 
(4.26.2017)”
For immediate release
Media contact: Media@resworks.org (412) 501-3330

Resonance Works presents Verdi's comedic masterpiece Falstaf ‹ in collaboration with Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts PITTSBURGH, PA RESONANCE WORKS‹ returns to the Charity Randall Theatre‹ with a new, fully staged production of Verdi's last opera on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and Sunday, May 14 at 3pm‹, conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner‹.

Falstaff May 12 to 14 at Charity Randal Theatre in Pittsburgh


This marks the start of an exciting partnership with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Theatre Arts, with students, faculty and staff working alongside Resonance Works artists to bring this rousing ensemble piece to life. Falstaf ‹ will be performed with the Resonance Chamber Orchestra‹ and sung in the original Italian with projected English supertitles.

University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts 

 Based on the character of Falstaff in Shakespeare's plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Verdi's opera, with a libretto by Arrigo Boito, premiered in 1893, and was the composer's final work. The story follows the travails of Sir John Falstaff, a portly, aging knight who has come upon hard times and endeavors to improve his stature by seducing married women away from their husbands. Mistaken identities, thwarted assignations, hapless misadventures, fairies, disguises, and a wedding -- these all combine to form a delightful comic farce that is a tour de force of ensemble work.

Giuseppe Verdi


Written as he approached the age of 80, Verdi's score sparkles with freshness and originality and overflows with wit. Verdi loved Shakespeare, and it is no coincidence that his final two operas (Otello and Falstaf ) were Shakespearean tales. At this point, he had been writing opera for more than 50 years, but continued to innovate and evolve the art form through this last masterpiece. In many ways, this is Verdi thumbing his nose to critics who said he could never write a great comedy. Well, he really showed them! says Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner. I think this is the greatest opera for an ensemble cast, and it has allowed us to assemble an amazing team of creative talent, both on and off the stage.

University of Pittsburgh faculty members Gianni Downs‹ (Scenic Design) and Karen Gilmer‹ (Costume Design) join the creative team, which includes regular Resonance Works collaborators Kate Devlin Matz‹ (Lighting Design) and Carnegie Mellon faculty member Tina Shackleford‹ (Stage Manager). Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumna Stephanie Havey‹ (North Carolina Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera) will direct this new production, which is made possible with support from the Heinz Endowments through their Small Arts Initiative.



Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor has seen many incarnations, none so perfect a marriage of music and text as Verdi's quintessential composition Falstaf says director Stephanie Havey. Our production draws on the imagery of the idealized housewife and the apple, as both a symbol of hospitality and sexual manipulation. Set in the manor house of an apple orchard, romance and jealousy take center stage in this comedy of misguided seductions. Baritone Benjamin Bloomfield ‹(Castleton Festival, NY City Opera) makes his Pittsburgh debut with the title role of Sir John Falstaff. Benjamin Robinson‹ (Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) and Matthew Scollin‹ (Pittsburgh Opera, Glimmerglass Festival) portray his cronies Bardolfo and Pistola.

In the roles of the merry wives, local favorites Kara Cornell ‹(Trouble in Tahiti) and Amelia D'Arcy ‹(Macbeth) play Meg Page and Alice Ford, with returning mezzo Brooke Larimer‹ (Song of the Earth, Macbeth) in the mischievous role of Mistress Quickly. Newcomer Natalie Polito‹ (Opera Saratoga, Virginia Opera) and Resonance Works veteran Christopher Lucier ‹(Elixir of Love, Macbeth) will sing the pair of young lovers, Nannetta and Fenton, with baritone Joshua Jeremiah ‹(Arizona Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival) making his Pittsburgh debut as the jealous husband, schemer, and disapproving father, Ford.

Former Pittsburgher and Resonance Works founding board member Joseph Gaines returns to reprise the role of Dr. Caius, which he previously performed at Pittsburgh Opera and covered at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine. Run time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, including two intermissions. Tickets for Falstaf begin at $30, available online at www.resworks.org/tickets

Special rates are available for senior citizens, students, and priority seating, with a $5 discount for advance sales online; Group rates are available; contact sales@resworks.org Performances are at the Charity Randall Theatre, inside the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213 ###

Beautiful edifice of exterior of Charity Randall Theatre

About Resonance Works | Pittsburgh Resonance Works is an artist-driven, multi-modal performing arts company dedicated to exploring the confluence of artist, audience, music, and space. Artist-driven programming sets Resonance Works apart. Seasons are created to showcase outstanding professional artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, performing in a variety of venues in Pittsburgh. In four years, the company has quickly become an important part of the professional arts ecosystem in Pittsburgh, and is committed to maintaining a rich and vibrant community of professional musicians in the region. Resonance Works' multi-modal approach takes the form of a variety of musical performances that include opera, chamber music, orchestral music, and choral music, often with interwoven elements of dance, visual media, and spoken word. Venues are chosen to enhance performances and offer a more intimate and unique musical experience for the audience.

Intimate In the Round Interior, Charity Randall Theatre


Resonance Works was founded in 2013 by conductor Maria Sensi Sellner‹ who is recognized for her versatility as a conductor of opera, orchestras and choruses. The first three-time winner of The American Prize for Opera Conducting, she is active as an opera conductor throughout the northeast, and has previously held positions with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Akron Symphony, and Carnegie Mellon University. Maria holds degrees in conducting, composition,
and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. www.MariaSensiSellner.org

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Publish Date: 05-02-2017 10:36:00
 



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President Historical Society of Upper St. Clair
412-304-8609
president@hsusc.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/1/17

Gilfillan Farm to Barnyard Beer Benefit Kick off summer with great food and beer for a great cause Upper St. Clair, PA: 


The Gilfillan Farm will be hosting the Barnyard Beer Benefit on May 27th from 6:00 PM 10:00 PM. Located at the corner of Route 19 and Orr Road, the event boasts an evening of entertainment that includes craft beer, local food and live music by Matador Fish. Sponsored by the Bethel/St. Clair Rotary, all proceeds for the event will be donated to the Gilfillan Farm Restoration Project. Beverages will be served from Helltown Brewing, VooDoo Brewery, Southern Tier, Insurrection AleWorks, Mindful Brewing Company and Spoonwood Brewing. Guests will nosh on a variety of fare from Atria's, Ditka's, Juniper Grill, Foodoo Trick, Olive Oil's Pizzeria, Whole Foods and Christina's Confections. The ticket price for the event is $55 and includes food and beverages. A Designated Driver ticket is available for $35. For more information, please email barnyardbeerbenefit@gilfillanfarm.org. To learn more the Gilfillan Farm's mission, go to hsusc.org. About the Gilfillan Farm: The Gilfillan Farm is a premier property of the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair (HSUSC). John Gilfillan built the house in 1855-57 and the Gilfillan's lived there until the passing of Margaret Gilfillan in 2001. Margaret left the property and buildings with the direction that the farm be used to educate the public as to life on a traditional farm in Pennsylvania and that HSUSC utilize the property as an appropriate historical, cultural or educational center and landmark . It is HSUSC mission to operate, restore and preserve this registered National Historic Place. 


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Publish Date: 04-05-2017 13:34:00
 

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THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL PRESENTS
BJM DANSE
APRIL 22, 2017 | 8:00 P.M. | BYHAM THEATER


Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents BJM Danse onSaturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. BJM Danse is the final presentation of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2016-17 season.



Montreal's acclaimed BJM Dance finds inspiration within a dance laboratory setting where innovative choreographic ideas are tested and brought to life through energizing and physically challenging works. Inspired by the innovative spirit of modern jazz, the repertory company is grounded in technique, vocabulary, discipline and aesthetic of classical dance. Blending the disciplines of classical and contemporary dance forms with theater, the circus, visual arts and new music, adds up to an ambitious repertoire that is unique to BJM Danse.


BJM has recently collaborated with a slate of well-known figures of contemporary dance, including the choreographers for the trio of works in this performance, Barak Marshall (Israel and USA), Adonis Foniodakis (Greece), and Itzik Galili (Amsterdam).
Informed by the frenetic pace of our everyday lives, Kosmos offers a release of tension, creating space to let go and experience a moment of joy. Showing the company's outstanding range, Mono Lisa is an acrobatic duet with ballet underpinnings. The evening concludes with Harry, which integrates balloons and other props into a dance inspired by life's conflicts and compromises.


Tickets ($25-$60) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. A limited number of $10 tickets, orchestra level, are being offered for Pittsburgh Dance Council presentations at the Byham Theater, available on a first come, first served basis. Subscription packages are available for: $60-$285. Subscriptions can be purchased in 4 show packages, with prices starting at $40. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.




Pittsburgh Dance Council
The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.



Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org
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Publish Date: 04-04-2017 21:08:00
 






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PBT Premiere Romeo and Juliette 2017


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents North American Premiere of Deane's ˜Romeo and Juliet' ˜Romeo and Juliet' Marks PBT Season Finale April 21-23, at the Benedum

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 2017) In the company's 2016-2017 Season finale, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) will present the North American premiere of Derek Deane's dramatic Romeo and Juliet with the PBT Orchestra in five performances April 21-23, at the Benedum Center. The production features opulent costume and scenic designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno, a native of Italy, and new lighting designs by Michael Korsch. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Music Director and Conductor, Charles Barker will lead the PBT Orchestra in Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's famous score.



Deane originally choreographed his interpretation of Shakespeare's tragic love story in 1998 for English National Ballet's in-the-round production at Royal Albert Hall. In 1999, Deane recreated the production for the traditional proscenium stage, which is the version PBT will introduce to North American audiences this spring. Deane's is a classic reading of Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers designed in the decadent aesthetic of Renaissance Verona. Standout settings are the moonlit balcony scene and the eerie crypt with its somber procession of candle-bearing monks. Many credit Prokofiev's score for cementing Romeo and Juliet's place among the major works in the ballet repertoire. The intense, richly varied music is particularly famous for its character portraits and an emotional range that contains notes of both tenderness and brutality. Prokofiev composed the score in 1935, though it wasn't performed as a ballet until 1938. Three suites and 10 piano pieces extracted from the score were the first to reach the public. 



Although it was intended for the Kirov ballet, Romeo and Juliet premiered instead in Brno, Czechoslovakia (now in the Czech Republic) in 1938. It didn't debut in the Soviet Union until the Kirov staged it in 1940. NPR's Ted Libbey, author of its Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music, says 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most beautiful scores of the 20th century, and certainly one of the greatest compositions for the ballet stage, on a par with the great Tchaikovsky ballets.  

The nuance of the music and drama of the story set the scene for expressive dancing that demands both technical and emotional intensity from its performers. I think Derek lends a certain authenticity to the dancing and the acting that make the drama  of this story very human and personal to the people dancing it, said Terrence S. Orr, PBT artistic director.



 His staging of ˜Romeo and Juliet' is sweeping and theatrical, but it also reminds us why the themes of this 16th-century story remain so relevant today. Romeo and Juliet's dancing follows its own character arc from the rapturous first encounter to their tragic reunion in the crypt. The choreography also capitalizes on the physicality of the male dancers in dueling scenes between the Montagues and Capulets and raises tensions with frenzied sword-fighting sequences. In addition to the character development of Romeo and Juliet, roles to watch include the fiery Tybalt and stony Lady Capulet, spotlighted in a heartrending reaction to the death of her nephew. Tickets for Romeo and Juliet start at $28, and are available at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456- 6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 8 or more can save up to 50 percent on tickets by calling 412-454-9101 or emailing groupsales@pittsburghballet.org.

Performance Times п‚ Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00 p.m. п‚ Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:00 p.m. п‚ Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 p.m. п‚ Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 p.m. п‚ Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:30 p.m. 


About Derek Deane Derek Deane trained at the Royal Ballet School from 1970 to 1972 and was invited to join the professional company at age 18. He was promoted to soloist, principal and finally to senior principal dancer by 1982. He danced most of the major roles in the Royal Ballet's classical repertoire and in works by the most important choreographers of the 20th century. He began choreographing during his performing career, creating ballets for the Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells Ballet and Birmingham Ballet. After retiring from the stage, he worked independently as an international teacher and choreographer and, in 1990, became resident choreographer and assistant director at Ballet di Roma in Italy. Deane returned to England and from 1993 to 2001 was artistic director of the English National Ballet (ENB). He premiered new productions of major classical works, including Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and The Nutcracker, as well as his own original works. He pioneered ENB's hugely successful in the round productions: His arena version of Swan Lake has been seen by over 750,000 people worldwide. His Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake and Strictly Gershwin were at the time the highest-earning productions in the company's history and had record-breaking attendance.

 He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for Excellence in Dance in 2000. Deane created three world premieres for PBT: Hungry Heart . . . We All Have One! (2004), Simply Simon (2005) and Anything Goes! (2006). In February, PBT reprised his Alice in Wonderland at the Benedum Center. His most recent work, Hamlet, had its world premiere at Shanghai Ballet in 2016

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Publish Date: 03-21-2017 16:22:00
 
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Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH
2017-2018 SEASON

Audience picture provided by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season.  This series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.  The 2017-2018 season proudly features Pittsburgh premieres of Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES The Phantom Returns and SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE BODYGUARD, WAITRESS and Disney's ALADDIN, along with THE COLOR PURPLE, presented for the first time on this series, and returning favorite RENT in the 20th Anniversary Tour.  Season specials, part of the 2017-2018 season, feature returning Broadway favorites MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, the Broadway sensation WICKED and Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, presented for the first time as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.

The PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series features new touring Broadway shows and revivals direct from New York City stages. The season regularly showcases the most current Tony Award-winning performances along with returning blockbuster events and time-honored classics to all ages. Offering something for everyone, these seven season presentations and four Broadway specials contribute to the city's reputation as a major destination for arts, culture, and entertainment, attracting millions of visitors each year. The PNC Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this series that delivers the finest national tours to Pittsburgh”allowing our community to experience world-class Broadway entertainment close to home.

TICKETSSeason subscription packages to the 7 shows in the series range from $175 to $630 per subscription. Single tickets will go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks in advance of the show's opening for most events.  Group discounts apply to orders of 10 tickets or more for most events. 
SEASON TICKETS: TrustArts.org/Broadway | 412-456-1390
GROUP ORDERS: TrustArts.org/GroupSales | 412-471-6930 
For more information, please visit the following Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or call 412-456-4800

2017-2018 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON EVENTS

SCHOOL OF ROCKOCTOBER 17-22, 2017 · BENEDUM CENTERSCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ! (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.Vanity Fair raves, FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!

School of Rock Original London Cast.
Photography Credit: Tristram Kenton


THE COLOR PURPLE THE MUSICAL
NOVEMBER 14-19, 2017 · BENEDUM CENTER
Hailed as a direct hit to the heart (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.  With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. It's the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls one of the greatest revivals ever.   This production is the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival.

Carrie Compere and company in THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway
Photography Credit: Matthew Murphy, 2016


Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES The Phantom ReturnsJANUARY 2-7, 2018 · BENEDUM CENTERThe year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protГgГe, Christine DaaГ. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, Probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.

Judson Mills as Frank Farmer and
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron
 in The Bodyguard
Photography Credit:  Joan Marcus
THE BODYGUARD
FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4, 2018 · BENEDUM CENTER
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time  I Will Always Love You.   
The role of Rachel Marron will not be played by Deborah Cox at the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

WAITRESS
MARCH 6-11, 2018 · BENEDUM CENTER
This irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (Brave, Love Song ), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND). Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Jessie Mueller as Jenna and Cast in the Original Broadway Production of Waitress
Photography Credit: Joan Marcus, 2016

RENT
20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
MARCH 27-APRIL 1, 2018 · HEINZ HALL
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La BohГme, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters”love.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Photography Credit: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Carol Rosegg, 2016


Disney's ALADDIN
THE HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 · BENEDUM CENTER
Discover a whole new world at ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.  From the producer
Aladdin.Moonlight
of THE LION KING comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.  It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. 
Hailed by USA Today as Pure Genie-Us, ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (THE LION KING, AIDA), and book writer Chad Beguelin (THE WEDDING SINGER). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, SOMETHING ROTTEN!), this Fabulous and Extravagant (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (MARY POPPINS), Gregg Barnes (KINKY BOOTS), and Natasha Katz (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS).


2017 2018 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON SPECIALS
MOTOWN THE MUSICALNOVEMBER 21-26, 2017 · BENEDUM CENTERIt began as one man's story became everyone's music and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as My Girl and Ain't No Mountain High Enough, experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!



Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL
DECEMBER 19-24, 2017 · HEINZ HALL
Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Times calls "100 times better than any bedside story!"

picture courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


WICKED
JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 11, 2018 · BENEDUM CENTER
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Ozbut from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin”smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendshipsuntil the world decides to call one good, and the other one wicked.
From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED”the untold true story of the Witches of Oz”transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba in Defying Gravity.
Photography Credit: Joan Marcus. 

Autism-Friendly Performance of WICKED / Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2:00 p.m. presentation of WICKED will be an autism-friendly performance.  For more information, please call Guest Services at 412-456-6666.
The autism-friendly performance will provide a friendly and supportive environment for the audience. Slight adjustments to the production will be implemented, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience.  In addition, the Benedum Center lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families while trained staff and volunteers provide encouragement and assistance to patrons.  
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making performances and facilities accessible to all Pittsburgh Cultural Trust patrons and visitors to Trust facilities.  Various amenities are available for people who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals with mobility disabilities.  Guests at the August Wilson Center, Benedum Center, Byham Theater and Cabaret at Theater Square can anticipate the use of services that include: specialized playbills, audio-described performances, assisted listening devices, sign language interpretation, captioned performances and a host of parking and seating options.  For more information about accessibility services, please visit:https://www.trustarts.org/accessibility/.

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes in Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA.
Photography Credit:  Carol Rosegg


RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
MAY 22-27, 2018 · HEINZ HALL
Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love”the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more”plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It's Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who's ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.



PRE-SHOW TALKS 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to offer pre-show talks for the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.  How do you prepare to see a Broadway musical? And how do you know you've had a good time?  Ticket holders are invited to join Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for KNOW THE SHOW BEFORE YOUR GO.  KNOW THE SHOW BEFORE YOU GO provides educational and background information on each of the Broadway performances, aiming to further deepen each patron's theatrical experience.  Select company members are interviewed at the Trust Arts Education Center (805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) on certain nights of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series performances.  Know The Show Before You Go does not take place for Season Special performances.  For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow



TONY AWARDS VIEWING PARTYDo not miss the TONY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents this special evening celebrating Broadway's biggest night. This event includes a broadcast viewing, drinks, appetizers, games, giveaways and more!  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. Must be 21+ to attend. Trust Members can purchase discounted tickets. For questions, contact members@trustarts.org  Please note: Cabaret menu service will not be available prior to the event. 


COMING IN THE 2018-2019 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON!Subscribers from the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season will have first access to HAMILTON tickets when they renew their subscription for the 2018-2019 season.  HAMILTON will be presented as part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season.  Tour dates and venue information will be announced in the spring of 2018, along with the complete 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season.  Official ticket sources of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series: www.TrustArts.org, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, or call 412-456-4800
Official ticket sources of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series: www.TrustArts.org, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, or call 412-456-4800



TRUST MEMBERSHIP 
Starting at the $50 level, you can join us at complimentary cast parties, meet and greets and other fantastic events all year long! Every time that you come to the theater, take pride in knowing your support helped to make these exceptional productions possible. We rely on the generosity of people like you to maintain this level of programming. Add your donation to the order · Give online at TrustArts.org/support · Contribute by phone when you call to subscribe.  For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/support



Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.comand The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!School of Rock and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visitBroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org  

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.                                    
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Publish Date: 03-15-2017 16:00:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3.13.17
CONTACT:
Brian Edward
Marketing & Communications Manager           
PICT Classic Theatre                           
412-561-6000  x 203

OEDIPUS REX promotional poster art.


WHAT:              OEDIPUS REX, PICT Classic Theatre 2016-2017 season.
                        World premiere adaptation by Alan Stanford.
WHO:               PICT Classic Theatre, Union Project, Alan Stanford, Justin Wilson.
WHERE:           Union Project, 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206.
WHEN:             March 23rd through April 8th, 2017.  Opening night celebration March 25th. 
TICKETS:         $15 - $50, www.picttheatre.org412-561-6000.

PICT sets OEDIPUS REX in Mediterranean Africa for world premiere adaptation

On March 23rd, PICT Classic Theatre will continue its 2016-2017 Season at Union Project with Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy, OEDIPUS REX.

Thought to have been first performed in 429 BC, OEDIPUS REX takes place in the plague-ridden city of Thebes. King Oedipus sends for a prophet who determines that an unsolved murder is the cause of the gods' displeasure” and Oedipus is the killer. What follows is an unsettling investigation of the past, which begins at a three-way crossroad and ends in a moment of horrifying self-discovery. It is an age-old tale of the dangers of hubris, told by one of history's original playwrights, and its themes continue to resonate with audiences today.
PICT Classic Theatre's production of OEDIPUS REX is a world premiere adaptation by PICT's Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford, who has set the play in the Mediterranean region of northern Africa.  What the audience will experience will be similar to what the Greeks first presented as theatre, said Stanford.  Theatre then was performed very much as a ritual.  What the audience will see is a group of exceptional actors allowing a timeless story to unfold before their eyes.   The play will star Justin Wilson as King Oedipus, Johnny Lee Davenport as Creon, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015 Performer of the Year, James FitzGerald as Teiresias.


As King Oedipus 


In pursuit of a diverse cast to best present the story of Oedipus within his concept, Stanford looked to Pittsburgh and beyond, casting Wilson from Chicago, and Davenport from Boston.
OEDIPUS REX is the fourth of five plays to be produced by PICT in its 2016-2017 season at Union Project, located at 801 Negley Avenue in Highland Park.  PICT Classic Theatre has partnered with Union Project in support of the organization's mission of bridging gaps between communities through art.  The season has included critically acclaimed productions of SHIRLEY VALENTINE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE LION IN WINTER, and will feature SIVE by John B. Keane in May, taking place upon a stage especially crafted for a theatrical experience within Union Project.

OEDIPUS REX performs March 23rd through April 8th 2017 with tickets and season flex subscriptions available at www.picttheatre.org or by calling the PICT Ticket Office at 412-561-6000.  Student and senior discounts available.  An opening night celebration will be held at Union Project following the March 25th performance.

The Cast
Justin Wilson                            Oedipus
Lamar K. Cheston                    Theban/Polybus
Kevin H. Moore                        Laius/Corinthian
Tyler Jetter                              Telemon
Linda Haston                           Leader of the Chorus
Alexis Cash                              Merope/Ismene
Dominique Brock                     Young Jocasta/Antigone
Johnny Lee Davenport             Creon
Sharon McCune                      Jocasta
James FitzGerald                     Teiresias
Karen Baum                            The Sphinx

About Justin Wilson
Justin Wade Wilson is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh debut with PICT. He was last seen as Jeff in Collaboraction's production of The Mars Assignment and Tim in Aston Rep's production of The Black Slot. He would like to thank PICT for this opportunity, Dana Dancho. and his family for the tremendous support. He dedicates this performance to the memory of Freeman Coffey.

About Alan Stanford
Alan Stanford (Artistic & Executive Director) is in his ninth season at PICT. He was, for more than thirty years, a principal and leading actor with the renowned Gate Theatre, Dublin, where he recently directed a box office record breaking production of The Constant Wife, and previously Pride and Prejudice, which was taken to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2015. He founded Ireland's Second Age Theatre Company.  PICT credits: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, For the Tree to Drop, Great Expectations, Macbeth, Woman and Scarecrow, Macbeth, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Blithe Spirit, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Lady Windermere's Fan, and The Kreutzer Sonata. Other credits: The School for Scandal (Point Park Conservatory), works by Shakespeare, MoliГre, NoГl Coward, Oscar Wilde, Shaw, Beckett, and Brecht.

About Union Project
Union Project is a historic space that community restored maintained; the space was transformed as a creative solution to provide a safe and open space for the community. Union Project has come a long way since 2001, but its work still centers on the transformative power of the arts. Union Project believes that art can create change, and help to build a more inclusive, empathetic, and just community.
About PICT Classic Theatre
PICT Classic Theatre is committed to the creation of high-quality, professional thought-provoking theatre of substance.  PICT accomplishes its mission by investing in and promoting the greater Pittsburgh community.  PICT is the only professional company within the Pittsburgh region dedicated solely to presenting classics and the modern classics of Irish and world theater. 

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PRESS NIGHT
Saturday, March 25th  8:00pm
Contact Brian Edward to confirm tickets: bedward@picttheatre.org
PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS ATTACHED
OEDIPUS REX promotional poster art.
Justin Wilson headshot.  




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Publish Date: 03-05-2017 15:16:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:
Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SERIES 
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 
THE 2015 TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL
FUN HOME

from funhomebroadway.com


PITTSBURGH PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT AT HEINZ HALLTUESDAY, APRIL 11 - SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017 
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets for FUN HOME, the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical, are on sale for the premiere Pittsburgh engagement at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, with performances Tuesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 16, 2017.  This event is part of the 2016-2017 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America. 
Tickets ($26-$77) are on sale now and available for purchase by calling (412) 392-4900, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org.  
Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow. 

For more information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit www.TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at www.TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930
FUN HOME was the event of the 2015 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way as the first show written exclusively by women to win theater's highest achievement.  It was named to all of the major top 10 lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter and more. 
A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY. Ben Brantley, The New York Times 
An uplifting musical drama of rare intensity, honesty and beauty. Fun Home speak universally about BIG THINGS THAT MATTER: 
LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, SURVIVING. It's unconventional, to be sure, and musical theatre is better for it. -New York Daily News 
 EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.  Chicago Tribune 
One of those ˜don't miss it' musicals.  The Huffington Post 
"TRUE GREATNESS...A TRIUMPH! THERE IS NO OTHER SHOW LIKE IT The Plain Dealer 
ROBERT PETKOFF 
ROBERT PETKOFF (Broadway's Ragtime, All The WayAnything Goes) will play Bruce, SUSAN MONIZ (Broadway's Grease, Chicago's Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) will play Helen and KATE SHINDLE (Broadway's Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Miss America 1998) will play Alison. 

Joining them will be ABBY CORRIGAN as Medium Alison, ALESSANDRA BALDACCHINO(Broadway's Fun Home) as Small Alison, KAREN EILBACHER as Joan, ROBERT HAGER as Roy,LENNON NATE HAMMOND as John, PIERSON SALAVDOR as Christian, ANTHONY FORTINO, CAROLINE MURRAH, AMANDA NAUGHTON, SOFIA TRIMARCHI and MICHAEL WINTHER. At certain performances, CARLY GOLD will play the role of Small Alison.

Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her
Susan Monz
childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. 


FUN HOME  features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.  With this win, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori also made history by becoming the first female writing team to be awarded the Best Score Tony Award. 
FUN HOME was also nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team also includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Zinn (Costume Design) and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction). 

Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, who staged both the Off Broadway and Broadway productions ofFUN HOME, restaged the national tour. The Broadway production of FUN HOME opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre on April 19, 2015 and ran through September 10, 2016. 
For more information on the production, please visit www.FunHomeMusical.com
The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of FUN HOME is now available on PS Classics, www.psclassics.com
Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includesBroadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago,Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!School of Rockand The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.



Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. 
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 03-05-2017 11:04:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2017


Four Passion Players Named To Team USA






Four Passion players were selected to be members of Team USA for the 2017 Women's World Championship this June in Canada.

Quarter Back Lisa Horton


The games will be played June 24-30, 2017 in Langley, British Columbia at McLeod Stadium.

The Passion will be represented by:
QB Lisa Horton
WR Angela Baker
OL Lauren Ferragonio
WR Laura Baden (Alternate)





For more information on the Women's World Championship, you can go to http://footballcanada.com/canada-to-host-2017-womens-world-championship/



For more information on the Passion, you can go to www.pittsburghpassion.com, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter @pghpassionFB.

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Publish Date: 03-04-2017 12:52:00
 


For Immediate Release
March 2, 2017

BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS FEATURES A WEEKEND OF ENCHANTING FRENCH MUSIC MARCH 17-19 AT HEINZ HALL



PITTSBURGH”The City of Paris has captured imaginations and inspired artists of all disciplines for generations. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier take audiences to this magical city during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics Weekend, Bolero! on March 17-19 at Heinz Hall.
With a program full of music originally composed for ballets, the weekend's concerts include movements from Offenbach's La GaГtГ Parisienne, depicting a scene from a fashionable Parisian cafГ in the mid-1800s, followed by Ravel's pulsating BolГro, which premiered at the Paris Opera in November 1928. Tortelier also will lead the orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky's PГtrushka, which tells the story of the loves and jealousies among three puppets. Maestro Tortelier has chosen to perform the 1947 version, which is the same year of his birth, in an early celebration of his 70th birthday on April 19!
A pre-concert talk, open to all ticketholders, with Assistant Conductor AndrГs Franco will occur on stage one hour before each concert. On Sunday, the Sharps and Flats cello ensemble will perform one hour before concert start time in the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall. Both pre-concert presentations are free and open to ticketholders. Program notes for the weekend are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Bolero and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/Bolero.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2016-2017 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Radio station WQED-FM 89.3 and WQEJ-FM  89.7 is the official voice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
About the Artists
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YAN PASCAL TORTELIER enjoys a distinguished career as guest conductor of the world's most prestigious orchestras. He began his musical career as a violinist and, at 14, won first prize for violin at the Paris Conservatoire, making his soloist debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra shortly afterward. Following general musical studies with Nadia Boulanger, Tortelier studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. This season, Yan Pascal Tortelier takes up the position of chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with whom he has built a very special relationship during his guest appearances with the orchestra in recent seasons. Former positions have included principal conductor and artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992) and principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2005-2008). He was also principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra from 2009 to 2011. Following his outstanding work as chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic between 1992 and 2003, including annual appearances at the BBC Proms and a very successful tour of the United States to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary season, he was given the title of conductor emeritus and continues to work and record with the orchestra regularly. Tortelier also holds the position of principal guest conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Tortelier has collaborated with major orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala Milan, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras. Further afield he has collaborated with the Sydney and the Melbourne Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Malaysian philharmonic orchestras.

Recent highlights have included appearances in North America and Canada with the Pittsburgh, Dallas, Montreal, San Francisco, St. Louis and Baltimore symphony orchestras. 

Tortelier has enjoyed a long association with Chandos Records, resulting in an extensive catalogue of recordings, notably with the BBC Philharmonic and Ulster orchestras, and including award-winning cycles of the orchestral music of Debussy, Ravel (featuring his own orchestration of Ravel's Piano Trio), Franck, Roussel and Dutilleux. He has also conducted critically acclaimed discs of repertoire ranging from Hindemith and Kodaly to Lutoslawski, and Karlowicz. Recent releases for Chandos include the Ravel piano concertos coupled with Debussy's Fantaisie, with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and a disc of works by Florent Schmitt with the Sao Paulo Symphony. In the 2013-2014 season, Tortelier added to this catalogue with the release of an entire disc of Stravinsky, once again collaborating with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.



The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), AndrГ Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its Pittsburgh Live! series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 ” including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America”the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS: Bolero!
YAN PASCAL TORTELIER, conductor

Igor Stravinsky                                PГtrushka (1947 revision)

Intermission

Jacques Offenbach                           Selections from GaГtГ Parisienne
(orch. Rosenthal)                                           Overture
Allegro brilliante
Polka
LГndler (Allegro)
Barcarole
Allegro vivo
Can-Can
Allegro moderato
Allegro vivo
Vivo

Maurice Ravel                                  BolГro

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Contact: Louise Cavanaugh Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra


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Publish Date: 03-02-2017 12:29:00
 

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Pittsburgh Opera presents the world premiere of 
The Summer King the Josh Gibson Story 



Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Opera's 2016-'17 season concludes with the first world premiere in our illustrious 78-year history. Opera lovers, baseball fans, and Pittsburghers of all stripes will be dazzled by Daniel Sonenberg's The Summer King - the Josh Gibson Story, at the Benedum Center April 29th May 7th.

As baseball fans and proud Pittsburgh history enthusiasts know, Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh's North Side to the pinnacle of greatness on the baseball diamond in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The opera begins with a father and son debating about great baseball players. When the father mentions Josh Gibson, the son thinks his father is living in the past. But as his father retorts, Who's got those numbers today?  

The Summer King follows Josh at key points in his life, including his playing days in the Negro Leagues as well as in Mexico, where he was awarded the MVP award while playing for the Veracruz Azules. The robust supporting characters include his wife Helen, who dies in childbirth, his girlfriend Grace, sung by the legendary Denyce Graves in her Pittsburgh Opera debut, and teammates such as Sam Bankhead and Cool Papa Bell. 

Also featured in prominent roles are the gregarious Gus Greenlee, who owned not just the Pittsburgh Crawfords but also the legendary Crawford Grill in Pittsburgh's Hill District, and Wendell Smith, an intrepid reporter for the celebrated African American newspaper The Pittsburgh Courier.

Like all African Americans at the time, Josh was prohibited from playing in the Major Leagues by what was disingenuously referred to as a gentlemen's agreement among the Major League clubs. Sadly, Josh died at the age of 35, felled by a stroke shortly before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  

Pittsburgh Opera is proud and privileged to premiere The Summer King, Josh Gibson's story. 

Pittsburgh Opera's annual Student Matinee will introduce 2,600+ school children grades 3-12 to this lively opera on Thurs., May 4th at the Benedum Center. 

Josh Gibson„c used with permission of Josh Gibson Enterprise, Inc., c/o Luminary Group LLC, www.JoshGibson.org

Fascinating Facts about The Summer King
  • For crusading Pittsburgh Courier journalist Wendell Smith, seeing baseball's color barrier broken had an extra level of significance. In college, a major league scout told Smith he wished that he could sign him, but couldn't due to the color barrier.
  • Five Pittsburgh sports legends will appear as supernumeraries in one or more performances of The Summer King. Former Pirates Al Oliver and Sean Casey, and former Steelers Franco HarrisRocky Bleier and Charlie Batch's participation symbolizes that while Josh's athletic greatness may have gone unnoticed by much of the white public in his day, Pittsburgh's sports heroes recognize him as one of their own.
  • Many of Josh's descendants are alive and well, and still live in Pittsburgh. Great-grandson Sean Gibson is the Executive Director of The Josh Gibson Foundation, which develops programs that help children of every ability level reach their potential.  
  • Pittsburgh Opera chorister Skip Napier's grandfather Eudie Napier was Josh's teammate on the 1946 Homestead Grays. Skip, a baritone, is a classically trained singer.


About Pittsburgh Opera: Pittsburgh Opera celebrates its 78th season in 2016-17. Established by five intrepid women in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, an acclaimed artist training program, and a progressive outlook toward the future. Its green initiative culminated in LEED Silver certification for its Strip District headquarters, and its capacity as a true community partner has increased significantly under General Director Christopher Hahn's leadership.

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Publish Date: 03-01-2017 22:22:00
 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stacey Karp
202-654-4222
  
America's Public Television Stations Elects Board Leaders, Members


WASHINGTON - February 28, 2017 - America's Public Television Stations (APTS) yesterday announced the election of its new board leaders and members.

Ronnie Agnew, PBS Executive Director
Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has been elected Chairman; Roy Clem, Executive Director of Alabama Public Television, has been elected as the Professional Vice Chair; and Carol Kellermann, Lay Trustee, Thirteen/WNET in New York, has been elected as Lay Vice Chair.

The following trustees were re-elected to the APTS board: Deb Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mendy Elliott, Chair, KNPB Public Broadcasting, Reno, Nevada; Kliff Kuehl, President and Chief Executive Officer, KCPT, Kansas City, Missouri; Bert Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, WHRO, Norfolk, Virginia; and Gail Sterman, Lay Trustee, WJCT, Jacksonville, Florida.

The newly-elected trustees are: Ruby Calvert, Lay Delegate, Wyoming PBS, Riverton, Wyoming; Kathy Rae, Lay Delegate, KPBS, San Diego, California; and Andrew Russell, President & CEO, PBS SoCaL, Los Angeles, California.

Following is background on the newly-elected board officers:

Ronnie Agnew joined Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) in August 2011 as the agency's executive director after a career in the newspaper industry spanning nearly three decades. At MPB, a state licensee, Agnew has oversight of radio and television programming and the agency's legislative, education and digital initiatives. Agnew has brought a sense of mission to MPB that has led to strong legislative support and an aggressive schedule of new initiatives, including more than 20 hours of local radio programming each week, several new television productions and an expanded news department. MPB's education department has broadened its reach as well, implementing Ready To Learn, American Graduate and Between the Lions curricula into school districts throughout Mississippi. Before joining MPB, Agnew served as executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger, the state's largest newspaper. Under his leadership, The Clarion-Ledger won dozens of awards for investigative reporting and was among the Gannett Co. Inc.'s most decorated newspapers nationally for coverage of civil rights issues.

Roy Clem was selected to be the Executive Director for the statewide Alabama Public Television (APT) network in 2012. During his tenure, the APT team has received numerous prestigious Regional and National Awards for their commitment to education, public safety, civic leadership and
Roy Clem  Executive Director  Alabama Public Television 
public service, including two Alabama Legislature Joint Resolutions honoring APT's service to the state, the National Broadcasters Association Educational Foundation's 2016 Service to Children Award for Television, and the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary in a major market, for the APT production "Jeremiah," which chronicles Jeremiah Denton's service in the Vietnam War, experience as a POW and journey to becoming one of Alabama's U.S. Senators. Roy Clem started his broadcast news career in 1973 at Denver's KDEN radio station working as a street reporter. In 1974, Clem joined the Denver Police Department (DPD) where he served as a patrol officer, academy supervisor and detective sergeant. In 1986, Clem returned to television broadcast journalism. In his 36-year career as a broadcasting executive, Clem has served as a journalist, anchor, news director and general manager.

Carol Kellermann is President of the Citizens Budget Commission. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofit, philanthropic and government settings. Kellermann has served as Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and as a consultant to City University of New York (CUNY), where she initiated a pilot program to improve graduation rates and job outcomes at CUNY's six community colleges. As Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund, Kellermann oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund, which provided grants and assistance for the short and long term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools. Kellermann has been Chief of Staff to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance.

Following is background on the newly-elected board members:

Ruby Calvert retired from Wyoming PBS in August, 2015, where she served as the General Manager of the station and the President of the Wyoming PBS Foundation (2006-2016). Prior to becoming General Manager, she was the Director of Programming for 24 years, and also supervised the departments of production, promotion, and education services, leading the production team to produce the station's signature series Main Street, Wyoming in 1990. This series continues today - and has archived 225 programs on the history and culture of Wyoming. Calvert also served as the Executive Producer for several documentaries which were distributed nationally, and produced more than 100 local public affairs programs and election debates. She also supervised the education initiatives Teacherline and Ready To Learn, serving on their national advisory boards.

While working as the General Manager, Calvert handled all governmental affairs efforts for the station and was successful in working with Wyoming governors and the State legislature to acquire three additional staff positions (2007), a $1.5 million endowment grant for station production (2008), $1 million grant to upgrade the station production truck to high definition (2009-10), and a grant to produce online Native American education modules for Wyoming schools (2014). She received the National Advocacy Award from APTS in 2013 for her work with the Wyoming Congressional delegation. 

Calvert served two terms on the national PBS Board (2008-2014), where she was also on these committees: Station Services, Interconnection, National Policy Advisory and Station Diversity. She was appointed by Governor Geringer to serve on the Wyoming State Board of Education (2000-2006), and chaired the Board for two years.

Kathy Rae currently lives in San Diego, California since retiring four years ago after 28 years in public broadcasting. Shortly after moving west, she volunteered her services to KPBS and has served as a KPBS representative on APTS's Leadership Council for the last three years and a member of the station's Producers Club. As a resident of the "North County," Rae is involved with several community organizations, including Hand to Hand, a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation. Hand to Hand is a philanthropic group of women that seek to make an impact on the lives of women and girls in San Diego County by directing resources to programs that empower change and self-sufficiency. She currently serves as the Chair of Hand to Hand's Grants making Committee.

Rae is the former Director of Government Affairs for Thirteen/WNET New York. In that capacity, she served as the liaison with elected officials at the city, State and federal government levels on a range of issues of concern to public broadcasting, including funding support, educational and cultural initiatives, and telecommunications issues. She drafted the proposal submitted to the State of New Jersey at the State's request that enabled New Jersey's public television services to continue under the aegis of WNET and its new subsidiary, NJTV. The contract for services negotiated at that time was recently renewed for another 5 year term. Rae is the recipient of the APTS's Grassroots Advocacy Award in 2000 and its National Advocacy Award in 2012.

Prior to assuming responsibility for WNET's Government Affairs in 1997, Rae served as WNET's Director of Educational Technology. In that capacity she helped develop a number of new initiatives including WNET's Kravis Educational Multimedia Center that was launched in 1992. From 1984 to 1991, she served as WNET's Director of New Jersey Operations and was instrumental in the development of several major prime time programs including William J. Brennan, Justice for All, a recipient of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.

Andrew "Andy" Russell is President and CEO of PBS SoCaL
Andrew "Andy" Russell is President and CEO of PBS SoCaL, which serves 18 million people in Southern California. Russell, a nationally recognized leader in public media, has led the transformation of KOCE into PBS SoCaL to serve its new role as the home for PBS for Los Angeles and the Southern California region.

At the helm of PBS SoCaL, Russell has driven rapid growth at the station, doubling its revenues, tripling the station's membership, and opening new offices in Downtown LA and Century City. He increased PBS SoCaL's content partnerships and distribution, expanded its education and community services, and forged new partnerships with major Southern California education, arts and cultural institutions. In his role, Russell has led PBS SoCaL to make particularly strong commitments to the education of children, arts and culture, diversity, and to the use of new digital platforms to deliver PBS SoCaL's programs to Southern California.

Before joining PBS SoCal in 2013, Russell held executive leadership positions at PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and led many of public media's hallmark initiatives for nearly 25 years. Russell is credited with leading the creation of PBS' renowned Ready To Learn service for pre-school children, helping to re-shape PBS' primetime strategy and significantly growing PBS revenues as the leader of PBS Ventures.

Russell is also recognized for driving innovation in media. He led the creation of PBS Distribution for digital and home video platforms, launched PBS' mobile business, and helped to build partnerships with tech and digital giants like Google, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix and Apple. He served in roles at Accenture and PwC, developing strategy for major companies in the media, communications, and high-tech industries.



About APTS
America's Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system that provides essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.
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Publish Date: 02-27-2017 06:52:00
 

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS CELEBRATES THE CITY THAT INSPIRED A MASTER WITH ˜MOZART IN PRAGUE' ON MARCH 10 

JURAJ VALДŒUHA
PITTSBURGH”Prague is the city that cherished Mozart, inspired Smetana and JanГД ek, and launched DvoЕ™Гk. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the city's unique place in musical history during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend, Mozart in Prague, on March 10 & 12 at Heinz Hall.
Slovakian conductor Juraj ValД uha returns to Pittsburgh with a program inspired by this magical city ” from Smetana's famous Moldau, depicting the river flowing through the city, to Mozart's Symphony No. 38, nicknamed the Prague, premiered in Prague in 1787. This weekend's program features the debut of Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, performing DvoЕ™Гk's Piano Concerto, last heard in Heinz Hall over a decade ago. The program closes with DvoЕ™Гk's colorful Carnival Overture, in which the composer depicts a city at nightfall, filled with shouts of joy and unrestrained hilarity.
A pre-concert talk, open to all ticketholders, will occur on stage one hour before each concert. On Friday, students from the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers' Association and, on Sunday, a Youth Chamber Connection ensemble will perform one hour before concert start time in the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall. These performances are free and open to ticketholders. Program notes for the weekend are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Prague and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/Prague.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2016-2017 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Radio station WQED-FM 89.3 and WQEJ-FM  89.7 is the official voice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

About the Artists
JURAJ VALДŒUHA has been chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI since 2009. He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin, and Paris.

He debuted with Orchestre National de France in 2005. In the following seasons, he led the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence, and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. He made his U.S. debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony in Washington, D.C.

In 2011-2012, he made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and led again the Staatskapelle Dresden, Pittsburgh Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestra di Santa Cecilia. With his RAI Orchestra, he made a tour primarily to the Musikverein Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and the Abu Dhabi Classics with soloist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2012-2013, he had his debut with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan and Art Centre Ottawa and led again the NSO Washington, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonia.

In 2013-2014, he returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Cologne, NDR Hamburg, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NHK for a Japan tour and Munich Philharmonic, and conducted opera productions (Puccinis Madama Butterfly and Prokofiev's The Love for three Oranges) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence; he took part at the Bratislava Festival with the Orchestra dellAccademia di Santa Cecilia.

His engagements in 2014-2015 took him back to the San Francisco, NSO Washington, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With the Philharmonia at the RFH, he paid a tribute to Lorin Maazel with the Respighi Trilogy. He also had debuts with the St. Louis Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de MontrГal as well as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the HR Frankfurt. The Rai touring took them to Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Basel and Zurich with pianist Arcadi Volodos. On the opera house, he conducted productions of Turandot at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and JenЕfa at Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

The 2015-2016 marked his return with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, and a debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. Recurring visits to the Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio and NDR Hamburg Symphony and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome occurred, as well as Maggio Musicale in Florence. He was touring with Bamberg Symphony to the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Frankfurt and Cologne as well as with NDR Hamburg to the Bratislava Festival. During the Easter time he conducted Parsifal at the Budapest Opera.

In 2016-2017, he will debut with the Chicago Symphony and will lead again the San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Utah Symphony orchestras, Art Center Ottawa, National Symphony in Washington, OSM Montreal and Minnesota Orchestra. In Europe, he will return to the HR Frankfurt, NDR Hamburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia and at the Bratislava Festival, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. On the Opera, he will conduct Pique Dame in Florence, Elektra at Teatro di San Carlo Naples and Peter Grimes at Teatro Comunale Bologna.

FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate
technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi's pianism and sensibility has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, DvoЕ™Гk, Ravel, Debussy, BartГk and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that Brendel taught him to love the detail of things.

Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide, including Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The HallГ, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.
Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners the Emerson Quartet, Antoine Tamestit and JГrg Widmann in trio, Renaud and Gautier CapuГon, Clemens Hagen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Daniel MГller-Schott and, during his formative years, Heinrich Schiff.

In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, ZГrich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein. In January 2016, Piemontesi launched his complete Mozart Odyssey at the Wigmore Hall, performing the sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons.
Piemontesi has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d'AnthГron, New York Mostly Mozart, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.

Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings, including three recordings for NaГve Classique: the Debussy PrГludes, released in autumn 2015; Mozart Piano Works; and Schumann and DvoЕ™Гk's Piano Concerti with BBC Symphony Orchestra and JiЕ™Г BД›lohlГvek.

Born in Locarno, Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, CГcile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition and, between 2009 and 2011, he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist. In 2012, Piemontesi was announced as artistic director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.



The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), AndrГ Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its Pittsburgh Live! series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 ” including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America”the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.

HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS: Mozart in Prague
JURAJ VALДŒUHA, conductor
FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI, piano

Bedrich Smetana                              The Moldau, No. 2 from MГ vlast

Antonin DvoЕ™Гk                               Concerto in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 33
I. Allegro agitato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Mr. Piemontesi

Intermission

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart           Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, Prague
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Antonin DvoЕ™Гk                                              Carnival Overture, Opus 92

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Contact: Louise Cavanaugh Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Publish Date: 02-15-2017 14:24:00
 





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MTAP-Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh
Seeking song submissions for second edition of
Hot Metal Musicals
Pittsburgh, PA  February 1, 2017.  MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh is asking regional artists and songwriters to submit songs to MTAPgh@gmail.com by March 1 to be considered for its second edition of Hot Metal Musicals, scheduled for June 5, 2017, at the Cabaret Theater at Theater Square in downtown Pittsburgh.  The showcase aims to raise the profile of new musical theatre work developed by current and prospective MTAP members, but songs unattached to a musical will also be considered. MTAP is open to all and invites and encourages submissions from artists working in many different musical idioms, from traditional musical theatre to pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, rap and musical languages still in the making.
                Interested artists are asked to send one or two song demos, either as mp3s or with a link to YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. If the song or songs come from a musical, a brief synopsis of the show (Word file or pdf) should accompany them. The demos must be sung; no electronic vocal lines. Artists may submit materials for more than one show but are asked to submit each show via separate email. Any songwriter looking to write something new may find inspiration in Pittsburgh itself. All materials must be submitted electronically to MTAPgh@gmail.com with one project per email (limit of 3 separate submissions) and must include the artist/s name, email and phone number on all submitted materials.
                Selected musical theatre artists will be asked to send additional materials by April 15, including a piano/vocal score or lead sheet for the selected song or songs. There is no fee to submit work, but since the purpose of Hot Metal Musicals is to showcase MTAP member work, selected artists will be asked to become core members of MTAP, which requires payment of modest dues (membership is currently $25.00/year, student membership is free, and all meetings are open to anyone interested whether a member or not). More information is available at MTAP's website: mtap.weebly.com.
                MTAP has been established to foster collaboration between musical theatre artists in the region, and to create opportunities for the development, presentation, and production of new musical theatre. Besides the inaugural Hot Metal Musicals in 2015, MTAP has produced in its brief history six Incubator readings of members' shows in development. It welcomes new members, including composers, librettists, lyricists, performers, musicians, directors and producers, and seeks the involvement of artists creating new musical theatre of all kinds. 
                Please email mtapgh@gmail.com for more information or to get involved.


Fact Sheet & About MTAP
Who:                     MTAP Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh
What:                    Seeking song submissions for Hot Metal Musicals showcase
Deadline:             March 1, 2017
Event Date:        Hot Metal Musicals, Monday, June 5, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.
MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals and the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator have received the generous cooperation and support from the Pittsburgh CLO throughout the past year.
MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh--brings together a group of local and regional artists working in a wide range of musical theatre expression, from solo cabaret to full-length narrative musical theatre. The group exists not only to support the development of work members bring in, but also to be an incubator where new works of musical theatre come into being and are nurtured.

MTAP meets monthly between September and May for networking, collaborations, new work development and presentations of work in progress. We are seeking aspiring or established composers, lyricists, librettists, playwrights, performers, professionals, producers and anyone interested in new musical development. MTAP is committed  to being open to all and invites and encourages participation from artists working in many different musical idioms. To receive regular emails from MTAP about meetings, special events, and opportunities, send an email to mtapgh@gmail.com.



MTAP Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit service organization, and has garnered support from individual donors and grant making entities including The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping Southwestern Pennsylvania prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls our region home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. Contributions for the charitable purposes of MTAP must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 
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Publish Date: 02-15-2017 13:30:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org 
Images available at: www.TrustArts.org/pressSearch: BRIT FLOYD 2017 



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
ANNOUNCES 
COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES
PRESENTS 
BRIT FLOYD
PINK FLOYD IMMERSION WORLD TOUR 2017
 PERFORMMING ON TWO NIGHTS
FRIDAY, MARCH 10 & SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
AT THE BENEDUM CENTER 
The perfect rock show.  М LA Times



Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces BRIT FLOYD's Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour 2017, will perform at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017.  This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, as part of the 2016-2017 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, with support from media partner 102.5 WDVE.  


TicketsTickets ($38.75-$73.75) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
The hotly anticipated rock event of the year returns, as BRIT FLOYD brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour 2017. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design. As well as performing the favourite moments from The Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were HereThe Wall andThe Division Bell, BRIT FLOYD will also pay special tribute to the Animals album, in its 40th anniversary year, with a show stopping rendition of Dogs, as well as a host of other Pink Floyd musical gems.

The BRIT FLOYD show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world's greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with circle screen and multiple moving light design, lasers, inflatables and theatrics, a BRIT FLOYD show really is as close as fans will ever get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live.  More than a tribute, it's as good as they say. Believe the hype and don't miss it! The new Pink Floyd Immersion show promises to be Brit Floyd's most ambitious and best production yet.  The BRIT FLOYD Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour 2017is a Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment presentation.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.


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Publish Date: 01-27-2017 02:41:00
 

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Media Contact: Lily Rybarczyk, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-5196 / Rybarczyk@TrustArts.org

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
FENCES UP CLOSE: A PITTSBURGH STORY
AN EXHIBIT IN COLLABORATION WITH PARAMOUT PICTURES AND DENZEL WASHINGTON


OPENING RECEPTION | JANUARY 28 | 6:30 PM

Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Fences Up Close: A Pittsburgh Story, created in collaboration with Paramount Pictures and director Denzel Washington. The exhibit will be on display in the 1839 Gallery at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from January 28 through March 10, 2017. An opening reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, January 28th before Michael Phillip Edwards' performance of I Am Not Sam, a one-man identity play about racism. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored to have the opportunity to create an art experience for the August Wilson Center that celebrates this incredible film and provides a monument to the great playwright, August Wilson. We are so grateful to Paramount Pictures and Denzel Washington for their support in this project, says Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement.
An ode to the award-winning production directed by Denzel Washington, originally a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by August Wilson, the exhibit features original costumes, props, photography, video of interviews, and a setting from the movie. The set will be designed by Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company with video production by Emmai Alaquiva. The exhibit is co-curated by Jill Thompson and Janis Burley Wilson, with Thompson creating some key pieces for the installation.
The gallery will be open Wednesday-Thursday11 a.m.-6 p.m.Friday-Saturday11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday11 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org or call 412-456-6666.



August Wilson CenterThe August Wilson Center is an architectural masterpiece, located in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, offering multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events. The building was designed by Allison Wililams, an African American architect.
The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates the Center on behalf of the building owners. For August Wilson Center rental inquiries, visitwww.TrustArts.org or email Devonne Goode, Program Manager-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at goode@trustarts.org.
For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, visit www.TrustArts.org or call 412-456-6666.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 01-24-2017 20:33:00
 

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JANUARY 2017
CONTACT LISA ALEXANDER
PR MARKETING MANAGER
(412) 361-1915
 ALTAN


(PITTSBURGH, PA)” CALLIOPE WELCOMES ALTAN TO CARNEGIE LECTURE HALL (OAKLAND) ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 AT 7:30 PM.
Tickets and information are available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.
Tickets:  $45* / $20* (FULL-TIME STUDENT ID) *PLUS HANDLING FEES
More than any Irish group, this Donegal quintet is seen as keeper of the traditional flame.
Boston Globe

In the last dozen years, no traditional Irish band has had a wider impact on audiences and music loves throughout the world than Altan. They have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, and with their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings that range from the most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Throughout their career, Altan has shown unwavering commitment to bringing the best of traditional music to contemporary audiences, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers.

The chance to experience this thirty-year active band is to experience the living legacy of Irish music. The seeds of Altan lie in the music and spontaneity of sessions in kitchens and pubs in their hometown of Donegal, where their music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy. It is here that the bands' heart still lies, whether they are performing on TV in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States. Founded by Gweedore singer and fiddler, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and her now deceased partner Frankie Kennedy, Altan's commitment to good natured fun was second only to their commitment to excellence in all things musical. Thus, the band members gathered were inevitably top-notch. Altan has always been a band of virtuosos. The earliest addition was a bouzouki-player, Ciaran Curran, then US-based Derry guitarist Daithi Sproule whom they met during their first tours of the US . Followed by Donegal fiddler, Ciaran Tourish, a player with a special love for the weaving of spontaneous harmony and counterpoint round the melodies of the other lead players. Ciaran's nephew, Martin Tourish is the newest band member on accordion.
Check out their website: http://altan.ie/



Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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Publish Date: 01-24-2017 11:15:00
 



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Math in the Digital Age Newest Episode in WQED's iQ: smartparent
National Television Series

PITTSBURGH -- In this new episode of iQ: smartparent, math matters in the digital age.  Today's classrooms are undergoing a high-tech revolution and experts explain ways parents can help their children make math make sense. 

iQ: smartparent Math in the Digital Age  airs Thursday, January 26 at 8pm on WQED-TV.




Matt Larson, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and co-author of the book Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents, discusses math literacy, Common Core math standards, tips for parents to talk to teachers about mathematics education methods in the classroom, and appropriate ways to assist children with their math homework. 

Megan Cicconi, a math teacher representing the computer science/coding advocacy group Code.org, discusses the need for coding skills in the 21stcentury, and ways to structure computer science education to complement mathematics education. And, guest Betsy Stein of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania presents a fun family activity to practice mathematics skills using sports statistics.  In addition, this episode includes two field packages showing innovative ways to build mathematics skills using hands-on science projects.

About WQED
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Publish Date: 01-24-2017 07:09:00
 




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Search: 2017 Brandon Uranowitz 

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES



TONY AWARD NOMINATED BROADWAY STAR

BRANDON URANOWITZ

WILL PERFORM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE | 655 PENN AVENUE | CULTURAL DISTRICT 

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that Tony Award nominated, Broadway star, Brandon Uranowtiz, will perform as part of the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series, on Monday, February 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.  Due to a scheduling conflict, Mr. James Monroe Iglehart, who was originally announced as one of the performers in this series, is unable to perform on Monday, February 13th at the Cabaret at Theater Square 
Fresh off his acclaimed starring performance in the successful Broadway revival of Falsettos, Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz makes his Pittsburgh solo concert debut.  Mr. Uranowitz brings his eclectic evening of song to the TRUST Cabaret Series for one night only. Having originated the role of Adam Hochberg in An American In Paris last season as well as performing in the national tour of Rent and the original cast of Broadway's Baby It's You!, Brandon will offer an evening of songs from his career and a few of his personal favorites. 



TicketsFor ticket information, please contact the box office at 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscribers to the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series will be able to use their original tickets for this performance. 


TRUST Cabaret SeriesThe TRUST Cabaret Series, now in its 5th season, is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.  The series provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions. 
The 2016-2017 Trust Cabaret season maintains a high standard of quality and showcases a diverse lineup of bright stars including Tony award winners and the singing voices of some of Disney's most iconic characters.  The 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series upcoming performance schedule includes: Brandon Uranowitz on Monday, February 13, 2017; Judy Kuhn on Monday, March 13, 2017; and Lea Salonga on Monday, April 2017. 



Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org. 
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Publish Date: 01-23-2017 13:24:00
 


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Search: Dixie
THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
AMERICA'S FAVORITE FAST-TALKING TUPPERWARE LADY
DIXIE LONGATE



IN HER NEW HIT COMEDY
NEVER WEAR A TUBE TOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL
(AND 16 OTHER THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS DRINKING LAST THURSDAY)
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2017 | BYHAM THEATER

Pittsburgh, PA Audiences will never stop laughing, when America's favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady Dixie Longate brings her new hit comedy Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursdayto the Byham Theater. Presented by 35 Concerts and scheduled for a strictly limited engagement, the production will open on February 23 and play through February 25 in Downtown Pittsburgh.  

A singular phenomenon (The Des Moines Register) and an uproarious time, filled to the brim with mile-a-minute jokes (Buffalo News), Dixie Longate's newest show swaps Tupperware for a mechanical bull as she takes audiences back to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honkytonk as Dixie shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking.


For over 10 years, theatre-goers and critics around the world have hailed Dixie's Tupperware Party as a non-stop laughter hit, so it's no surprise that Ms. Dixie has dreamed up a follow-up show that has reviewers cheering and audiences on their feet begging for more fun! Developed by Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the spring of 2014, Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull offers up some real food for thoughtwith a down-home earthy realness that is especially loveable (Star-Telegram).



Tickets ($49.75-69.75) are available online at TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office (655 Penn Avenue, Downtown). Performances will take place at 8:00 p.m. on February 23, 24 and 25, with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on February 25.
For more information about Dixie Longate and her shows, please visit http://www.dixiestubetop.com/.



For more information about 35 Concerts, visit: www.35concerts.com.



Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Publish Date: 01-13-2017 00:38:00
 


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Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org  
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Search: 2017 January Gallery Crawl



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
GALLERY CRAWL IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 | 5:30PM-10:00PM | CULTURAL DISTRICT
FEATURING NEW WORKS BY VISUAL ARTISTS, ALONG
WITH AN EVENING OF MUSIC, DANCE, COMEDY AND MORE

Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the next Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh, will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.  CrawlAfterDark events begin at10:00 p.m. at venues throughout the Cultural District.

Now in its 13th year, the Gallery Crawl presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust takes place quarterly and is free and open to the public.  The Crawls showcase exhibit openings at various locations, continuing exhibits, and a variety of other free happenings of music and dance performances, comedy and more.  Indoor locations will keep everyone warm and the footprint within the Cultural District is just a quick walk from place to place. 
For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit TrustArts.org/Crawl or call 412-456-6666.
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District events for Friday, January 20, 2017 include:
Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood StreetPermutations of Light, by David Spriggs and Matthijs Munnikhttps://trustarts.org/exhibit/11350/permutations-of-light-david-spriggs-and-matthijs-munnik


Wood Street Galleries welcomes US debuts of light Installations by the young Canadian artist David Spriggs and Amsterdam based Matthijs Munnik. Dramatic, immersive, and contemplative, both installations are newly commissioned works specifically for Wood Street Galleries.

The Lantern Building
600 Liberty AvenueLuminous / Weightless, work by Hannah Altmanhttps://trustarts.org/pct_home/visual-arts/galleries/lantern-building/Luminous / Weightless is a series of photographic and installation work that celebrates the female form. The pieces are created to let physical light exhale from the body, celebrating the light that exists within the soul of a woman.


SPACE
812 Liberty Avenue
The Domesticity of Abandonment, curated by Carolina Loyola-Garciahttps://trustarts.org/exhibit/11314/the-domesticity-of-abandonment-curated-by-carolina-loyola-garciaThe Domesticity of Abandonment is an international exhibition exploring the idea of abandonment from a broad socio/political and economical context and how it is represented in domestic ways, meaning how it impacts regular people in their everyday lives in various parts of the world. What happens to civilians caught in civil war, occupations, genocide? How do families get displaced due to industries being moved to foreign countries? How does it look when whole communities have to leave their homes to become environmental or political refugees? These are some of the questions being explored through this multimedia exhibition.
The show is guest curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia.  Artists: Aysu Arsoy, Joey Behrens, Nicholas Childers, Rose Clancy, Dragana Crnjak, T. Foley, Stephen Grebinski, Christine Holtz, Deborah Hosking, Bashar Alhroub , Oualid Khelifi, Maritza Mosquera, Cigdem Slankard, Susanne Slavick, Hyla Willi


Shaw Galleries
805 Liberty Avenue
A Monk's Numiosum


http://crawl.trustarts.org/events/1198
The spiritual and surreal works of Fr. Robert Keffer OSB.
Trust Arts Education Center
805-807 Liberty Avenue
3rd Floor
Trust Arts Education: A Year in Review
The Trust Arts Education Department has had a successful year of integrating arts into classrooms around the Pittsburgh region and providing arts education programs throughout the Cultural District. This interactive gallery exhibit will highlight some of the inspiring arts experiences in a photographic journey of programs. Join in the fun with engaging art-making activities for all ages as you explore the impact of the Trust Arts Education Department on the community.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Friends
The Library wants you to know that we are a place to try new things! So, at the Gallery Crawl, you can play with our Makey Makey, make yourself a keepsake button to take home, or buy a book to call your own! All proceeds from sales go to Friends of the Downtown and Business branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Avenue
Laugh and play along with some of the best improvisers in the city at Arcade Comedy Theater. The theater's talented cast takes audience suggestions and uses them for inspiration in hilarious games and scenes. Shows every half-hour, 5:30pm-10:00pm.


Winter Night Market
925 Liberty Avenue
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presents the 2017 Winter Night Market - an indoor market featuring some of Pittsburgh's most creative independent vendors. Warm up with hot beverages, treats, jewelry, crafts, music, and more!
Catholic Charities
212 9th Street
Street Photography
http://crawl.trustarts.org/events/1203
High school student photography from Xyza Cruz Bacani workshop.


Urban Pathways Charter School
914 Penn Avenue
Steel Pan Performance and Gallery Exhibit
Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School is pleased to present our student artwork and performance by our Sounds of Steel steel pan band. Family-friendly art activities will be provided.
Pittsburgh CAPA School
111 9th Street
Visual Art Gallery, grades 6-12
Partners in Print: An exhibition of prints by Creative Citizen Studio artists after a residency at Artists Image Resource
Future Tenant
819 Penn Avenue
For, Fore, Four, curated by Jamie Earnest
http://futuretenant.org/calendar-of-events/forforefour


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue
Parallel Mutation
How do you transition comics from a commodity form to a community form? How do you facilitate the growth of the medium past the needs of the market?  This exhibition will show how a community of interconnected creators is doing just that through the Pittsburgh Comics Salon.
ColorPerfect Printing
804 Penn Avenue
Window Display: Present Day
A collaborative window installation by Brad Bianchi and Megan Shalonis.
709 Penn Gallery
709 Penn Avenue
Bougainvillea: A Botanic Permutation, by Don Dugal
This showy bit of flora, overlooked by artists, is examined by Dugal in compositions that reference perceptual color theory and psychological states as well as symphonic music.
707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Avenue
Off Road, work by Sarah Keeling
https://trustarts.org/exhibit/11342/off-road-work-by-sarah-keeling


Image making that diverts boundaries and follows an associative thought process, Off-Road describes themes within the work and the spirit in which it is made. Images and hand-made objects explore subtext within the representation of landscape scenes. Playful photographs bring the outdoors into a portrait studio and images borrow from classic portrayals of idealism and nature in relation to the female figure. The work addresses landscape as a timeless place where solutions are sought and asks, is it misguided to look? Off-Road presents a creative process that parallels a search at the heart of landscape imagery.

Backstage Bar at Theater Square
655 Penn Avenue
Performance: 
Daryl Shawn, 5:00pm-7:30pm
Daryl Shawn plays world-infused, dynamic solo acoustic guitar.
Exhibit: Behind it
Verve360
142 6th Street
bombyx collective, Passage
Children can play in a free flow of imagination and in-the-moment interactions. As we grow into adults, we often harden into our roles and live more in the past and future than the present. Who are we when we return to that unfettered flow of childhood? Does the path lead us back to the same adult that we were before?

Outdoor Installations/Public Art
Along the way to various indoor Crawl locations, be sure to stop and see some outdoor public art installations: 


Water Cube

Penn Avenue at 8th Street
https://trustarts.org/pct_home/visual-arts/public-art/water-cube/The Water Cube is an artist-designed water fountain that dispenses both still and sparkling water. Located at the parklet of the 8th Street block of Penn Avenue, this new permanent installation opened during the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and adds to the functional public art work presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust throughout the Cultural District. The Water Cube was designed through a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support by Colcom Foundation.
Art Bike Racks
various locations: Cultural District

https://trustarts.org/pct_home/visual-arts/public-art/bike-racks/
http://artbikeracks.weebly.com/The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust installed 16 artist-designed bike racks between 2014 and 2015. The project was produced in collaboration with Bike Pittsburgh, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh. The Cultural District Public Art Bike Racks have been made possible through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.


Magnolias for Pittsburgh
Agnes R. Katz Plaza


Tito Way


Haas Mural



Ft. Duquesne Blvd., between 6th Street and 7th Street
https://trustarts.org/pct_home/visual-arts/public-art/haas-mural/


CrawlAfterDark

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Avenue
10:00-11:30pm
Comedy Royale (ticketed event: $12 general admission; $7 students)
Four talented performers are pitted against one another in a series of quick improv games. Points are awarded by audience judges and one player emerges victorious.
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue
Jarrod Lawson
9pm-11:00pm (ticketed event, tickets start at $25) 
Portland-based soul singer, songwriter and pianist, Jarrod Lawson will make his Pittsburgh debut. Lawson's original material is expressive, sophisticated and soulful. JazzFM in London named Lawson "Soul Artist of the Year" in 2015, commenting that whether he plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz, everything he touches turns to soul.


AccessibilityThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making our performances and facilities available to all of our guests.  All locations participating in the Gallery Crawl are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.  For more information, visit https://trustarts.org/pct_home/visit/accessibility or call 412-456-6666.
All Gallery Crawl locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Car Free Fridays
Walk, bike, bus or carpool to the Gallery Crawl and celebrate another Car Free Friday with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Port Authority and BikePGH. 
All official Gallery Crawl locations will be marked with a Cultural District Stop sidewalk sign. 
TEXT CRAWL TO SMASH (76274) to receive special exclusive offers and more! 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust thanks the following sponsors: City Paper, WYEP 91.3 FM and Kreider Printing.  

All information and locations are subject to change.  
For updates and information, visit www.TrustArts.org/Crawl. 
Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org. 
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook


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Publish Date: 01-10-2017 16:51:00
 

Dreamweaver Marketing News, THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS I AM NOT SAM A ONE MAN PLAY






Media Contact: Lily Rybarczyk, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-5196 / Rybarczyk@TrustArts.org
Image Available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom
Search: I Am Not Sam
THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
I AM NOT SAM
A ONE MAN PLAY
BY AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT
MICHAEL PHILLIP EDWARDS






JANUARY 27 & 28 | 8:00 PM | AUGUST WILSON CENTER
Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces I AM NOT SAM, a timely and critically acclaimed play by playwright, director, actor and screenwriter Michael Phillip Edwards. The one-man play will be performed at the August Wilson Center (980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh) on January 27 and 28 at 8:00 p.m.
I Am Not Sam is written and performed by Michael Phillip Edwards, winner of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and the NAACP Award, and directed by Tamika Lamison. This hard-hitting multi-character solo performance highlights the current climate of race relations in America, eloquently depicting the psychological and spiritual damage sustained by men of color.
Michael Phillip Edward's fiery one-person play is a blistering rumination on identity and race, and the toll racism takes on American men of color. Its urgency erupts from the inner dialogue of an elderly black man named Sam who burns with racial pride and shame, comments Deborah Klugman of L.A. Stage Raw Magazine. Edward's characters include Sam, his white middle-class son-in-law, and his mixed-race grandson, Benjamin. Though Edwards alternates among these, it is Sam who commands the stage most often, deliberating on the question, What is black? posed by his grandson. The urgency of the play spawns not from the unfolding of events, but from inner dialogue and turmoil. The play's explosive language and compelling rhythms are matched by a fevered performance and an exploration of the manifestation of race in society through familial relationships.
Tickets ($28.25) are on sale now, and may be purchased at the Theatre Square Box Office (655 Penn Avenue, Downtown), by calling 412-456-6666 or online at TrustArts.org.




August Wilson Center
The sleek and modern August Wilson Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.  The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. For rental inquiries, visit the African American Cultural Center pages on CulturalDistrict.org.  For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, call 412-456-6666or visit www.TrustArts.org,www.trustarts.org/visit/facilities/august_wilson.





Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Follow us @CulturalTrust and on Facebook.


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Publish Date: 12-27-2016 11:09:00
 



For Immediate Release
December 22, 2016

FINNISH CONDUCTOR JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE JOINS
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY FOR FIRST BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS CONCERTS OF NEW YEAR

PITTSBURGH”Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Seventh and Sibelius' Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.
First performed in 1813, the remarkable, energetic Seventh Symphony from Beethoven was met with immediate acclaim and, over the years, many different interpretations of its meaning, including a recent critically acclaimed recording from the Pittsburgh Symphony on the Reference Recordings Fresh! label.
Composed a little more than 100 years after Beethoven's symphony, Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 premiered in celebration of the composer's 50th birthday in 1915. The work opens with a four-note theme in the horns that is developed seamlessly throughout, expanding into an exhilarating rush of energy to the end. 
A pre-concert talk, open to all ticketholders and led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will occur on stage one hour before each concert. Program notes for the weekend are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Seven and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert.
The Youth Chamber Connection ensemble will perform in the Grand Lobby beginning one hour prior to the concert start on Sunday, January 15. This performance is free to ticketholders.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/Seven.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2016-2017 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Radio station WQED-FM 89.3 and WQEJ-FM89.7 is the official voice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

About the Artists
JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE has established himself as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation, demonstrating remarkable musical depth and integrity.

Born in Heinola, Finland, he began his career as a violinist before training as a conductor with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. An artist of exceptional versatility and breadth, Saraste feels a special affinity with the sound and style of late Romantic music. Equally, he maintains a strong connection with the music of our time, such as that of Dutilleux, Lindberg, Salonen and Saariaho, among others. He recently conducted world premieres by Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha, Pascal Dusapin, Philippe Schoeller and Carmine Emanuele Cella.

Saraste has served as chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, since 2010. In April 2015, he extended his contract until the 2018-2019 season. He was music director and chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006 to 2013, and at the end of his tenure there was made conductor laureate, the very first such title bestowed by that orchestra. His previous positions have included BBC Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He founded the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, of which he is still artistic advisor, and the orchestras annual Tammisaari Festival, of which he is artistic director.

His guest engagements have led him to the major orchestras worldwide, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and the leading Scandinavian orchestras, among others. In the United States, he has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.

Sarastes extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for Toronto Symphony Orchestra of works by BartГk, Dutilleux, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev for Warner Finlandia, most notably a recording of Dutilleux's Second Symphony. His recordings of Mahlers Sixth Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic and Mahlers Ninth Symphony with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne have received widespread acknowledgement. His recordings with WDR Symphony Orchestra for HГnssler have earned him high critical praise, and include Schoenberg's Pelleas and Melisande, Stravinsky's The Firebird, Brahms' Symphonies No. 1 and 3 as well as Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

Saraste has received the Pro Finlandia Prize, the Sibelius Medal, and the Finnish State Prize for Music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from York University, Toronto and an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.


The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), AndrГ Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its Pittsburgh Live! series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 ” including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America”the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.



HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, January 13, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS: Beethoven's Seventh
JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE, conductor

Ludwig Van Beethoven                                      Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio

Intermission

Jean Sibelius                                                         Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Opus 82
I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato - Presto
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto Misterioso       

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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