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THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES WARHOL BY THE BOOK, OPENING OCTOBER 2015


 
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Warhol By the Book
October 10, 2015 January 10, 2016

The Andy Warhol Museum announces Warhol By the Book, the first United States exhibition to concentrate on Andy Warhol's book work.Warhol By the Book opens at The Warhol Saturday, October 10, 2015, and it is on view through Sunday, January 10, 2016.
This exhibition, curated by The Warhol's Chief Archivist Matt Wrbican, presents Warhol's book work, from early student-work illustrations of the late 1940s, through to his career as a commercial artist in the 1950s, Pop artist and underground filmmaker in the 1960s, and photographer and Pop culture icon of the 1970s80s.
Warhol lived most of his life in the pre-digital era, when books and other printed materials were everywhere. Much of his effort was given to creating work for print, especially in books, says Wrbican. Some of his lesser-known work for books can even be said to mark major turning points in his work, such as around 1960, when he decided to move from charming illustrations to serious fine art in the then-daring new mode of Pop Art.
Warhol continually experimented in his work, and this freedom is evident in his books, which often question the common notion of what a book can be. Andy Warhol's Index (Book) (1967), was the first of several publications to defy the definition of what a book could be. This seminal work is complete with sound recordings, balloons, fold-outs, holograms, pop-ups, and even a do-it-yourself nose job. While Warhol authored many books (in collaboration with his assistants), these efforts are often overlooked, though they provide a valuable window into Warhol's creative interests.
Warhol By the Book provides a nearly complete overview of Warhol's work on books. More than 400 objects relating to more than 80 book titles including unfinished projects, original drawings, manuscripts, paintings, prints, photographs, artist's books, and other materials that reveal his processes in their creation are featured in the exhibition. Many of the books are presented on digital tablets, as well as the original printed editions, to allow for a more complete viewing experience.
This exhibition is supported in part by Affirmation Arts Fund.

 

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SEBAK SERVES SWEET SURPRISES WITH PIE PLACES AND BAKERIES
WQED's Rick Sebak Presents A Few Good Pie Places and A Few Great Bakeries
on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on WQED-TV.
PITTSBURGH  Who doesn't love the delicious first bite of apple pie or the smell of fresh baked bread? What are even better are the places where these sweet treats came from, and we celebrate these special spots in two new PBS documentaries titled A Few Good Pie Places and A Few Great Bakeries. WQED's popular producer Rick Sebak and his three-person crew started shooting in Pittsburgh, where they visited local favorites Minerva Bakery in McKeesport and Grant Bar in Millvale. They then traveled to the Midwest, New England, the West Coast, and many places in between to check out other outstanding and unusual pie shops and bakeries.
The two documentaries will air back-to-back on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, with A Few Good Pie Places at 8:00 p.m. and A Few Great Bakeries following at 9:00 p.m. on WQED-TV.
Featured pie places include:


· Sluys' Bakery in Poulsbo, Washington
· Silverbow Bakery in Juneau, Alaska
· Bernice's Bakery in Missoula, Montana
Since I was a small kid, I've known how important a bakery can be, said Sebak. There was a bakery across the street from my elementary school, and it was a frequent stop on my way home. And I know many bakeries here in Pittsburgh where I live now, and I'm fascinated by how they become such a valued part of a neighborhood. Nowadays you often see lists of Ten Best Bakeries or even 50 Best Bakeries, but I don't understand how anyone can make that claim. These bakeries we feature are all really great, but I wouldn't pretend to know if they're the best. So I decided we should just call this program A Few Great Bakeries and we'll hope to convince people to look for more.
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VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN JOINS MUSIC DIRECTOR MANFRED HONECK AND PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO OPEN 2015-2016 SEASON




PITTSBURGH On Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m., be swept away to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen during Cinema Serenade, the gala opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 season at Heinz Hall, featuring legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Perlman and the orchestra will perform selections from Cinema Serenade, a 1997 recording on which Perlman, the Pittsburgh Symphony and conductor John Williams collaborate. Selections will include As Time Goes By from Casablanca, the love theme from Cinema Paradiso, the tango from Scent of a Woman and more! The audience will also enjoy music from Offenbach, Liszt, Brahms and others during the concert. There will be no intermission.
The concert is preceded by a cocktail party at Heinz Hall, followed by a Gala dinner and the annual SoirГe at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh.
The Cinema Serenade Gala is chaired by Ann and Christopher Donahue ” along with Honorary Chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons and Brenda and Steve Schlotterbeck. The gala evening includes a pre-concert cocktail hour at Heinz Hall, valet parking, premium-level seating for the concert, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Gala packages start at $750.
The Cinema Serenade SoirГe includes valet parking, a pre-concert cocktail hour at Heinz Hall, concert tickets and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Wyndham Grandincluding hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and live music. The Cinema Serenade SoirГe is chaired by Sarah and Kevin Eddy and Bonnie and Jay R. Mangold, along with honorary chairs Mike & Angela DeVanney, Michael J. Herald, Steve Hackman and Nicholas Varischetti. The SoirГe Silent Auction Chairs are Christina and Cabot Earle and the Musician Chairs are Becky and Ed Stephan. SoirГe packages start at $225.
Silent auction items for Cinema Serenade events include premium tickets to Pittsburgh sporting events, Marco Valente earrings from Henne Jewelers, a chef table at the Wyndham Grand, a week-long stay at an eight-bedroom home on Lake Chautauqua and many more fabulous items.

Gala packages and SoirГe tickets can be purchased by contacting Kierstin Wilson, events coordinator, at 412-392-4830 and kwilson@pittsburghsymphony.org. All proceeds from the Gala concert and associated parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Education and Community Engagement programs.
Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $150 for the gala concert only, are on sale now and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States. He has performed multiple times at the White House, most recently in 2012 at the invitation of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama, for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush, for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2009, Perlman was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero, for an audience of nearly 40 million television viewers in the United States and millions more throughout the world.
Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled to national recognition with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Perlman has established himself as a cultural icon and household name in classical music.

Perlman has further delighted audiences through his frequent appearances on the conductor's podium. He has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals. He was music advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004 where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.

Further to his engagements as violinist and conductor, Perlman is increasingly making more speaking appearances. Recent and upcoming engagements including the Salk Institute in San Diego on the centennial anniversary of Dr. Salk's birth, Orlando at Rollins College, Greensboro at Guilford College, Palm Beach at the Society of the Four Arts and Chicago with the Jewish United Fund.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about Perlman's work as a teacher and conductor for the Perlman Music Program. Perlman has entertained and enlightened millions of TV viewers of all ages on popular shows as diverse as The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, The Frugal Gourmet, The Tonight Show and various Grammy Awards telecasts. His PBS appearances have included A Musical Toast and Mozart by the Masters, as well as numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts. During the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006, he performed a live medley from the five film scores nominated in the category of Best Original Score for a worldwide audience in the hundreds of millions. One of Perlman's proudest achievements is his collaboration with film composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List, in which he performed the violin solos. He can also be heard as the violin soloist on the soundtrack of Zhang Yimou's film Hero (music by Tan Dun) and Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha (music by John Williams).
In 2008, Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered 16 Grammy Awards. Perlman's most recent releases include Eternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul (Sony), featuring a collaboration with acclaimed cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot in liturgical and traditional Jewish arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians; a recording of Mendelssohn Piano Trios (Sony) with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax; and a recording for Deutsche Grammophon with Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic. Other recordings reveal Perlman's devotion to education, including Concertos from My Childhood with the Juilliard Orchestra under Lawrence Foster (EMI) and Marita and Her Heart's Desire, composed and conducted by Bruce Adolphe (Telarc). In 2004, EMI released The Perlman Edition, a limited-edition 15-CD box set featuring many of his finest EMI recordings as well as newly compiled material, and RCA Red Seal released a CD titled Perlman rediscovered, which includes material recorded in 1965 by a young Perlman.

Perlman has a long association with the Israel Philharmonic and has participated in many groundbreaking tours with this orchestra from his homeland. In 1987, he joined the IPO for history-making concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, representing the first performances by this orchestra and soloist in Eastern bloc countries. He again made history as he joined the orchestra for its first visit to the Soviet Union in 1990, and was cheered by audiences in Moscow and Leningrad who thronged to hear his recital and orchestral performances. This visit was captured on a PBS documentary entitled Perlman in Russia, which won an Emmy. In 1994, Perlman joined the Israel Philharmonic for their first visits to China and India.

Over the past decade, Perlman has become more actively involved in music education, using this opportunity to encourage gifted young string players. Alongside his wife, Toby, his close involvement in the Perlman Music Program has been a particularly rewarding experience, and he has taught full-time at the program each summer since its founding in 1993. Perlman currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.

Numerous publications and institutions have paid tribute to Perlman for the unique place he occupies in the artistic and humanitarian fabric of our times. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities are among the institutions that have awarded him honorary degrees. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard's 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005. President Reagan honored Perlman with a Medal of Liberty in 1986, and in December 2000, President Clinton awarded Mr. Perlman the National Medal of Arts. His presence on stage, on camera and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of Perlman's life.

Manfred Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. After two extensions, his contract now runs until the end of the 2019-2020 season. To great acclaim, Honeck and his orchestra perform regularly for European audiences. Since 2010, annual tour performances have led them to numerous European music capitals and major music festivals, including Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Berlin, Grafenegg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the BBC Proms. Several recordings, amongst them Mahler's Symphony No. 4, which won a 2012 International Classical Music Award, are available on Japanese label Exton. Honeck's successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is now captured by Reference Recordings. The first SACD ” of Strauss tone poems ” was released in fall 2013 and received rave reviews. The second recording, of DvoЕ™Гk's Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from JanaД ek's opera JenГfa, conceptualized by Honeck himself, followed in summer 2014 and received a Grammy Award nomination. Several additional recordings are completed, and Bruckner No. 4 was released in February 2015 to high critical praise. Born in Austria, Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and at the helm of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado in Vienna. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor's Award in 1993. Other early stations of his career include Leipzig, where he was one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Oslo, where he assumed the post of music director at the Norwegian National Opera on short notice for a year and was engaged as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for several years. From 2000 to 2006, he was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and, from 2008 to 2011, principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with leading international orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic. Orchestras he conducted in the United States include New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also is a regular guest at the Verbier Festival. In February 2013, he had his successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the direct result of which was a CD recording together with Anne-Sophie Mutter (works of Dvorak). The current season sees returns to Bamberg, Stuttgart, Rome and New York as well as to the Vienna Symphony (a CD of works by the Strauss family was released in summer 2013) and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He also will conduct Tonhalleorchester ZГrich and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. Honeck has received honorary doctorates from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and, most recently, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has been artistic director of the "International Concerts Wolfegg" in Germany for more than 15 years.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

CINEMA SERENADE
Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
ITZHAK PERLMAN, violin

Franz von SuppГ                                  Overture to Light Cavalry
Jacques Offenbach                               GaГtГ Parisienne
(Orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal)                Overture
Valse moderato
Vivo
Richard Wagner                                   "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die WalkГre
(Arranged by Wouter Hutschenruyter)
Franz Liszt                                           Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C minor
(Translated by Karll MГller-Berghausl)
Johannes Brahms                                 Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
(Orchestrated by Martin Schmeling)
Herman Hupfeld                                  "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca
(Arranged by John Williams)                            Mr. Perlman
John Williams                                      Theme from Sabrina
                                                                                    Mr. Perlman
Ennio Morricone                                  Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
(Arranged by John Williams)                            Mr. Perlman
John Barry                                            Main Title from Out of Africa
(Arranged by John Williams)                            Mr. Perlman
John Williams                          Theme from Far and Away
Mr. Perlman
Erich Korngold                                     Marian and Robin Love Theme from
(Arranged by John Williams)                The Adventures of Robin Hood
                                                                                    Mr. Perlman
John Williams                          Theme from Schindler's List
Mr. Perlman
Alfredo Le Pero & Carlos Gardel          Tango, "Por Una Cabeza" from Scent of a Woman
(Arranged by John Williams)                            Mr. Perlman

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Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
The Second City's Fully Loaded
PITTSBURGH (Aug. 11, 2015) Fresh, fast and spectacularly funny, Chicago's legendary comedy troupe, The Second City, returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater with a new show on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Directed by Ryan Archibald, Fully Loaded is bursting at the seams with brand-new sketches, songs and improv, as well as classic material written by The Second City alums such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell.
Some of America's best and brightest comedians will perform Fully Loaded. Onstage will be Jo FeldmanJulie
Adam Schreck
Marchiano
,Chucho PerezNick ReesAdam Schreck (who is originally from Pittsburgh), Julia Weiss, and Music Director Nick Gage.Margot Momoi-Piehl is the Stage Manager.
Show times for Fully Loaded are 8 pm on Friday, August 28 and 5:30 and 9 pm on Saturday, August 29. Pittsburgh Public Theater's home is the O'Reilly Theater, in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.
Ticket prices start at $30. The ticket price for ages 26 and younger and full-time is $15.75. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Katie Conaway at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or kconaway at ppt.org.
For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

 

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Your cardiologist sends you for a test and you are not sure what it's for or why you need it. From Stress Tests to Cardiac Catheterization and Muga Scans, your head may spin. And what's the difference between and EKG and an Echocardiogram? Private practice cardiologist, Dr. Santosh Pandit will clear the confusion today on which test is what and why. So listen in as Dr. Santosh Pandit clears the confusion on cardiac testing.


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Concert Review Diana Krall 

with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith

From the candlelit stage sitting at a grand piano the British Columbia native softly peddled songs that reminded one of a young Peggy Lee.


 
Her opening number, "Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" featured two of her five band members, Stuart Duncan and Guitarist Anthony Wilson.  What talent and such a match to Diana Krall's.

Chris Walden conducted the symphony for Diana's rendition of "Do It Again," what a treat for the audience.

But the piece de resistance of the entire concert was Tom Watts "Temptation" featuring Mr. Duncan, the drummer Kareem Wiggins and even the bass player. Also loved the old movies and clips on the screen behind the symphony, I am sure it was just one more thing to attract and entrance new symphony attendees.

There were other great renditions like "Summer Song,"  "Let's Fall in Love," "Love Letters" and an old standard "The Sunny Side of the Street."  What fun!

For those who remembered the 60's and 70's we were treated to Diana's renditions of "California Dreamin"" and "Operator" by Jim Croce.

Her finale was soulful and haunting, "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars."  

Truly this was a night of romance even with the early symphony performance of Overture to "Le Nozze Di Figaro" from "The Marriage of Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Sicilienne" from Pelleas et Melisande, Opus 80.

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"This event is important because it shares the value of participatory education. The Each One Teach One Conference, in its brief history, has established itself as an annual event which uses these techniques to further our knowledge of ourselves as culture carriers. Music and the influences upon it carry the soundtrack and imprint of our very lives. Whoever attends this conference leaves it better equipped to make a meaningful contribution to the culture".-David Jasaga Sawyer

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Johnny Mathis Music Made for the Symphony

Review of July 17, 2015 Concert

by Good News Reporter Joanne Quinn-Smith


What a night for dinner and the symphony.  We started off dinner at Alihan's Mediterranean on Sixth St. with shiskabob and seafood raviolis topped with shrimp and baklava for dessert.  Or should I say the Pittsburgh Symphony and Johnny Mathis show for dessert on July 17, 2015. If it were not the PSO Thursday night icons and just a normal concert what an opening band for a performer.  The symphony started the show with three selections:  Henry Mancini's, "The Pink Panther," Cole Porter's
"Begin the Beguine" and a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music."  Such a beginning and then a brief intermission before the star of the show hit the stage and the audience was awe struck before he sang the first note at how amazing he looked for 79 years old and logging over 60 years in show business.

From movie themes to Mathis classics, his performance was flawless.  My cousin said his performance made her want to slow dance all night. When he performed early on "When I Fall in Love," it was easy to see how far back the song took even the men in the audience.  Another Mancini classic, "Days of Wine and Roses" was at the top of the audiences list of favorites and of course "Moon River."

But "It's Not for Me to Say," "Chances Are."  and "Gina" of course made the audience roar with applause.  So it went also with "Secret Love" and "Strangers in Paradise."  Then John hit the stage with his guitar player Gil Reigers for "Misty," "My Foolish Heart," and the much awaited, "Twelfth of Never." For his finale Johnny really showed his range and talent with a medley of Brazilian songs:  The concert ended with a Medley of Brazilian music, "Mas Que Nada",  "Manha de Carnaval" medley of Brazilian music, with Mr. Reigers soloing  and, at the very end, Brazil. His encore was, "You'll Never Know."


On seeing other artists with the Pittsburgh symphony I have always felt, "How nice, the symphony is trying to bring the music to the masses."  But with Johnny Mathis the masses were brought to the symphony and more than any other artists this reviewer has seen perform with the symphony, Johnny Mathis music was made for the symphony and our PSO did it proud.  What a performance and so complementary for the symphony and Johnny Mathis.

 

Publish Date: 07-20-2015 06:01:00
 









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Say "I Do" to THE WEDDING SINGER
July 24 - August 2
Relive the totally "Awesome" decade that was the '80s!



Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ July 10, 2015  Party like it's 1985 with Pittsburgh CLO's production of THE WEDDING SINGER July 24-August 2 at the Benedum Center. This musical romantic comedy brings the cult hit film to life with iconic dance moves and infectious beats that will have you leaving the theater feeling rad.
Meet New Jersey's favorite wedding singer/rock-star wannabe, Robbie Hart. He's the life of the party, until his fiancГe leaves him heartbroken at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie turns every wedding into a disaster. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection with her innocent charm. Robbie falls hard, only to learn that Julia is about to be married to a narcissistic Wall Street shark.  Can he can pull off the performance of a decade or will the girl of his dreams be gone forever? Nominated for five Tony Awards THE WEDDING SINGER is packed with enough music and dancing to leave you longing once more for the decade of excess!





ABOUT THE CASTJenna Ushkowitz (Juliais known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang in the three-time Emmy nominated, FOX television series, Glee.   Most recently, Jenna served as Executive Producer of Twinsters, a film documentary that premiered at SXSW in Austin. Last summer, she starred in the Hollywood Bowl special production of Hair. Prior to becoming a Gleek, she was on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Spring Awakening where she performed the roles of Ilse, Martha, Anna and Thea. Jenna released her first memoir, Choosing Glee in May 2013, which is a heartfelt, practical guide for teens on how to be your true self. Baseball fans may know her as the first host of Yankees on Deck, which is a behind-the-scenes sports show geared towards young audiences on the YES! Network. Jenna made her Broadway debut at the age of nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and performed with the original cast in an appearance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that year. Her television credits include Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow,  As the World Turns and the pilot The Imagination Movers for Playhouse Disney.



Brandon Andrus (Glenlast appeared in Pittsburgh as Nick Massi in Jersey Boysat the Benedum Center. Other favorite roles: Terry & Buddy covers in Side Show(Broadway), Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (World Premiere), Curly inOklahoma! (1st National Tour), Sonny in Xanadu, Chad in All Shook Up and King Arthur in Camelot.
Jackie Burns (Lindareturns to Pittsburgh CLO after recently appearing as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Broadway: If/Then, Wicked, Hair; Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages(original cast), Hair (original revival cast), Unlock'd (NYMF), Ripper.  National Tour:Wicked (IRNE Award nomination).  Regional: A Grand Night for Singing(Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Full Monty, Singin' in the Rain, Joseph., Sweeney Todd, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Candide and Smokey Joe's CafГ.  TV: "All My Children. Concept Albums: "Swept Away" (Disney), "Tears from Heaven and "Excalibur" (Frank Wildhorn).
Greg Kamp (Georgereturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing as Willard inFootloose last season. Theater: Catch Me If You Can (National Tour), Barry Manilow's Harmony (Ahmanson), Power Plays (Dramatist Guild), & Saturday Night(York Theatre). TV: Wronged Man (Lifetime), Past Life (Fox) and Solving Charlie (ABC). A CCM grad, Mr. Kamp also serves as an Artistic Associate with Hook & Eye Theater and on staff with the Broadway Dreams Foundation.
Susan Cella (Angiereturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha and Gypsy this season. Broadway: The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and My Girl, Evita, On the Twentieth Century, Allegro, Lady in the Dark. National tours: Fiddler, Hairspray, 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, Me and My Girl, Can-Can. Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah, Mayor, Jacques Brel. Regional: over 35 productions. Film/TV: Person of Interest, Law and Order, The Sopranos, All my Children, Hi Honey I'm Home, The Tavern, The Astronaut's Wife, Follies and A Sondheim Celebration.
Brandon Espinoza (Sammyappeared in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Footlooselast season. Broadway: Gypsy, Big, Les MisГrables, Will Rogers Follies. Off-Broadway: Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company), Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Substitution (Playwrights Realm), Not Waving (The Kirk at Theater Row). Regional: Grease (MUNY), West Side Story (Stratford Shakespeare Festival).TV: I Love You...But I Lied (LMN), The Following (Fox), The Leftovers (HBO), It Could Be Worse (HULU), Elementary (CBS) and The Carrie Diaries (CW).
Jeffrey Howell (Father of the Bride, Priestrecently performed with Virginia Musical Theatre in Gypsy and with the REP in Souvenir. Some favorite Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Singin' in the RainSunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ SuperstarJekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.
Kirsten Scott (Hollywas last seen at Pittsburgh CLO as Bambi in Curtains. Broadway credits include originating the role of Jenny Hill in the musical Big Fish, originating the role of Young Phyllis in the 2012 revival of Follies, Lorraine in Jersey Boys and Amber von Tussle in Hairspray. Select Regional: Big Fish (Chicago Oriental Theater), Follies (Kennedy Center/Ahmanson), Marvelous Wonderettes(Westside Theater), Grease (Sacramento Music Circus), Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Minsky's (Ahmanson) TV: All My Children, Steve Harvey Show. She is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate.
Sandy Rosenberg (Rosieis making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Most recently, she appeared as Jeanette in The Fully Monty at Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre. Broadway: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Mamma Mia!, NYC Opera's Candide.National tours: Les MisГrables, Jekyll And Hyde, Menopause The Musical. Off-Broadway and Regional: The Golden Land, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Nunsense, Mame, Phantom, Lend Me A Tenor and The Odd Couple-Female Version with JoAnne Worley and Cindy Williams.
J. Michael Zygo (Robbie) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Most recently an original cast member/musician of Tony Award-winning Once on Broadway (Emcee, u/s Guy/Billy, Dance Capt., Assoc. Cond.) featured on the Grammy Award winning Cast Album. Off-Broadway: Once (NYTW), Man of Rock (NYMF) Tours: Rock Of Ages -1st Nat. (Swing, u/s Drew/Stacee Jaxx/Franz/Dennis/Hertz), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Annie (Rooster), and Oklahoma! -1st Nat. (Will Parker). Film/TV: Unforgettable, Rock Of Ages (featured dancer), Tony Awards 2012, 2013 (opening line!) He is also a singer/songwriter.


ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAMBarry Ivan (Director & Choreographer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO with national and international credits that range from directing at the German State Opera to directing at Yale. Highlighted Pittsburgh CLO credits: Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, West Side Story and Les MisГrables. Mr. Ivan's productions of The Full Monty and Hairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical, and he received Best Director IRNE nominations for Nineand Les MisГrables. Mr. Ivan directed the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical, and will be directing the world premiere of playwright Jeff Stolzer's new playScenes From the Life Of An American Male, a comedy-drama with music. Mr. Ivan is currently under contract developing and executive producing Web TV programming.
Tom Helm (Music Director) returns to Pittsburgh CLO for his 20th CLO season, having conducted more than 60 productions.  His other adventures include conducting the Broadway productions of the Brigadoon revival, Cats, Me and My Girl, Les MisГrablesand Souvenir.  Tom was musical director of the first national tour of Cats, Radio City's 5-6-7-8 Dance!, and television productions of Mornings at Seven and Crazy For You.  Mr. Helm supervised touring productions of Me and My Girl, Dora the Explorer, Diego Live, Rugrats, and Madagascar.  He has also been music director of some 50 Paper Mill Playhouse productions, among other regional and national theatres.
Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently contributed to Pittsburgh CLO's Man of La Mancha this season. National credits: The National High School Musical Theater Awards in NYC, The Asolo, NSMT, George Street Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, New York Theater Institute, The Blumenthal Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Madison Opera, DSM, TOTS.  Local credits include productions for PPT, City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, CLO Cabaret, Pittsburgh Opera, PSO, PBT, PICT, THE REP, Barebones Productions, as well as others.


HISTORY OF THE SHOWBased on the popular 1998 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, THE WEDDING SINGER, follows the unpredictable tale of young entertainers finding love in the colorful and lively era of the ˜80s. Following the film's release, the original writer started a musical collaboration with Chad Beguelin, bringing the comedy to life on stage.
On April 27, 2006, THE WEDDING SINGER opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre starring Stephen Lynch as Robbie Hart and Laura Benanti as Julia Sullivan.
The production launced its first National Tour in September 2007, entertaining audiences in 31 cities. THE WEDDING SINGER went on to premiere internationally in cities such as Madrid, Tokyo, Australia and Germany.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAMChad Beguelin (Book and Lyrics) is a four-time Tony Award nominee for his contributions to The Wedding Singer and Aladdin. Along with two Tony nominations for The Wedding Singer, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, in which he shared with Tim Herlihy, Beguelin received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics. Beguelin also wrote the lyrics to the 2010 stage adaptation, Elf: The Musical. Beguelin's writing credits also include screen writing for Disney's live action film department in California. His other credits include:The Rhythm ClubWicked City and On the Record.
Tim Herlihy (Book) is an actor, producer and screenwriter who wrote the 1998 original film, The Wedding Singer. After the success of the movie, Herlihy made his Broadway debut by co-writing the book with Beguelin for the film's 2006 stage adaptation. He wrote and produced for Saturday Night Live from 1993 until 2000 and is known to frequently collaborate with Adam Sandler. His screen writing credits include: Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, Bedtime Stories and Grown Ups 2.   His production credits include: Anger Management, The Longest Yard, Click and Grown Ups.
Matthew Sklar (Music) composed the musical score for The Wedding Singer, in which he received a 2006 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score. Sklar started composing at the young age of 14, with his first song later recorded for the Mickey Mouse Club. Sklar composed for Elf: The Musical, which broke box office records during its run at the Al Hirschfield Theatre in 2010. He has written his own original musicals which include The Rhythm Club, Judas and Me and Wicked City. Sklar's other contributions include: Shrek: The Musical, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Les MisГrables and Caroline, or Change.
Performance Schedule for THE WEDDING SINGER
Friday           July 248 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 252 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SundayJuly 262 p.m. & 7 p.m.
TuesdayJuly 288 p.m.
WednesdayJuly 298 p.m.
ThursdayJuly 308 p.m.
FridayJuly 318 p.m.
SaturdayAugust 12 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SundayAugust 22 p.m.

TICKETSTickets start at $20 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $35. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group SalesHotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.
Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteand WTAE-TV.

 

Publish Date: 07-16-2015 07:21:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Randall Kirk, Cabaret Manager, 412- 325-6766/ Kirk@TrustArts.org

ARCADE COMEDY THEATER ANNOUNCES
SHANNON MCARTHUR
VISITS BACKSTAGE BAR
WEDNESDAY| AUGUST 5TH | 5:00 PM
NO COVER CHARGE 
Pittsburgh, PA Arcade Comedy Theater announces that the artist whose songs serve as a scrapbook of his experiences, (Blue & White Magazine) Shannon McArthur, brings his music to Pittsburgh. This show takes place on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh. This performance has no cover charge. The event is presented by Arcade Comedy Theater.

McArthur is gaining national exposure with the songs he has written for shows such as MTV's The Challenge16 and PregnantTen on Top, and A&E's The Glades. Outside of the United States, his song "Anywhere You Want" won song of the month on Haerlem Radio in the Netherlands. McArthur's songs continue to spread as he writes for other artists (such as Tiffany Alvord and Ray Gibson) while continuing to play college and university events all over the states.

About Shannon McArthurCurrently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Shannon's collaborated with and learned from artists such as: One Tree Hill
star Kate Voegele, YouTube singer Tiffany Alvord, singer/ songwriter Andy Grammer, and Augustana's Dan Layus. He has also seen the songs he's written and produced played on major networks such as ABC, MTV, VH1, and shows including General Hospital. For eight years, Shannon has toured university campuses and local music venues as an acoustic opener and headline act, but now he finds conviction in cutting the straps and free falling towards his target with a full band. His newest project includes an upcoming EP.

About Arcade Comedy TheaterArcade Comedy Theater provides an interactive setting for actors,
comedians and other players with a wide range of experience, both onstage and off. Arcade allows audiences to experience various forms of theatrical comedy, from proven standards to offbeat styles. Voted Best Comedy Venue by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine in the 2014 Best of the Burgh Awards, Arcade Comedy Theater is downtown Pittsburgh's spot for all things comedy. The nonprofit theater, which opened in February 2013, is a small 75-seat space which hosts stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, variety acts, and more. With BYOB and a pinball machine in the lobby, the Arcade provides a fun and affordable addition to the Pittsburgh Cultural District. The Arcade Academy offers classes, workshops, internships and other educational opportunities. Our goal is simple: to elevate and advance the art of comedy in Pittsburgh.
For more information, visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter @ArcadeComedy and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 07-16-2015 00:16:00
 


 
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2015
Carla Bianco‹
Musician, Broadway Actress, Philanthropist

  
Carla Bianco first performed when she was just 4 years old at a
party where guests filled a Styrofoam cup with money upon hearing her sing.  From this early beginning, music has always been her passion. 

Carla has secured numerous recording and composing deals and has appeared on West Coast, Broadway and off Broadway stages, all of which has won her chart placements, recognitions and awards.  She is most known for her starring role in the Broadway show RENT and for composing the #1 Billboard song, The Lover That You Are , which won her an ASCAP award.  Devoted to giving back to the community where her own dreams were born, Carla returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh to help found the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and Charter School and she donates to many children's charities. Continuing her recording work with the release of her first record, ˜All This Time',  and starting her own label, Ivory Note Records distributed by BFD/Sony RED, she has earned respect in the indie music scene and has been interviewed and reviewed by numerous international entertainment blogs
Carla is currently recording her 2nd record, ˜Give Voice' and running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds where all proceeds will be donated to charity.She is also set to tour the East Coast in August 2015.
Carla recorded "Imagine" on a John Lennon Steinway Piano for The Imagine Series. There are only 25 in the world.

https://youtu.be/3sKKdprxhKE

http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/limited-edition/john-lennon/
'Give Voice' is Carla's 2nd record and a very special project for charity.  She wants to provide support and inspiration for those struggling with a major life challenge. The songs she's written are
inspired by different people that have something to voice but can't for one reason or another; a mute and deaf boy in a wheel chair, an Afghanistan girl who committed suicide as a protest for her freedom and a 9-year old boy with Autism. Her mission is to create music to make a positive difference in the world.  
With this project, Carla plans on connecting each song with a respective charity such as Autism Speaks, The American Foundation for Disabled Children and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and donate all the record sales proceeds to them. She looks to be involved with and create benefit performances and events for these charities and have these songs represent their cause. She will reach out as far as she can so this record can have the impact it is intended to have. If you give to this project, you will be involved from the ground level with something very special. You will help others feel a connection through the power of music where they can hear their struggle and emotional life resonating in a song. Together, everyone can make a difference and give back with give voice.
http://www.carlabianco.com/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/give-voice-music-ep-charity-project#/story
https://soundcloud.com/carla-bianco-1/through-the-spectrum/s-fXGEJ#t=0:00 
‹Media Contact:
Jennifer Allison/EXE Media Group

 

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Guest Co-Host ASCAP and Billboard award Winning nationally acclaimed recording artist and Broadway star, Carla Bianco| WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Piper's Pub, Carson St. Southside| CULTURAL CLUES: Each One, Teach One Conference| Johnny Mathis at PSO | Jeff LeBlanc & Parachute @ Rex Theatre| Andy Warhol and National Gallery of Victoria| Classic Rock at PSO| KIDZ KORNER: Second Annual Sistahood Event| WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Equal Pay Campaign Focuses on Building Negotiation Skills| Pittsburgh Magazine's Quarterly Women in Business Networking Night| BUSINESS BUZZ: Local Business Vies for Wells Fargo Grant| HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY: Fellowship Program Provides Hands on Experience| PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Sherman Tank Now On Display | NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: 21st Annual Blues Festival| Goodwill GoodGuides| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Free Concert South Park: Chris Smither with Rusty Belle| Free Movie: X-Men, Days of Future Past Flagstaff Hill| Picklesburgh| 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest| Vintage Grand Prix| Summer Concerts Downtown| POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Maryanne Taptich Barnes | ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: SPONSORED BY PITTSBURGH TRADE ALLIANCE| Furries Convention| Piper's Pub

 

Publish Date: 07-14-2015 19:13:00
 

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2015
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS CLASSIC ROCK HITS IN A NIGHT OF SYMPHONIC ROCK
Featuring a full rock band fronted by John Elefante of Kansas
PITTSBURGH Heinz Hall will rock ˜n' roll when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents A Night of Symphonic Rock on July 25 at 8 p.m. 
Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra and a full rock band in some of classic rock's biggest hits like Hotel California, More Than a Feeling and Barracuda from
legendary bands. Special guest vocalist John Elefante, former lead singer of supergroup Kansas, joins the orchestra performing songs like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son.
The house band from the School of Rock will perform in the Grand Lobby beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets for A Night of Symphonic Rock with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra range in price from $35 to $99, and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/summer.
Those interested in attending more than one summer concert can craft their own series of concerts at a discounted rate. Buy tickets to two concerts and receive 10% off the ticket price; three concerts receive 20% off the ticket price; and four or more concerts receive 30% off the ticket price. These discounts are only available via phone or in person at the Heinz Hall box office. Pittsburgh Symphony subscribers can receive a 15% subscriber discount by calling their patron services representative (PSR).
Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is an engaging conductor of impressive range and talent. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Loh will become the first music director of Symphoria, based in Syracuse N.Y., founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. As resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh works closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducts a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He is active in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Community Engagement and Partnership Concerts, extending the symphony's reach into other communities. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel's Messiah in December 2008. Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series where he played the part of host and conductor. In addition to his duties on the podium, he is an audience favorite in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Concert Preludes lecture series, edits radio broadcasts and makes many public appearances. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra began as assistant conductor in 2005. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006 and to resident conductor in 2007.
 Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has made its mark as an ensemble of superb musicianship, performing electrifying performances year-round. Off the podium, Loh is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate, and is constantly in demand as a guest speaker and clinician. Loh's recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Greater Bridgeport Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas and El Paso Symphonies. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee among others. He has led Korea's Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. 
His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Las Vegas and Hot Springs, the Kinhaven Music School (Vt.), the Performing Arts Institute (Pa.) and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp. Loh held the positions of assistant and associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He led the Dallas Symphony in a variety of classical subscription and educational programs throughout each season. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he stepped in to conduct on short notice for an ailing Charles Dutoit, conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Prior to his Dallas appointment, Loh was appointed by Music Director Marin Alsop to be associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. From 1998 to 2001, he conducted more than 50 concerts annually, including classical subscription, pops, education, family and outreach programs. 
While in Denver, he was also music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the premiere youth orchestra in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, Loh served as the interim director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program at Denver University's Lamont School of Music in 2000-2001. In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in orchestral conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. During his years at Yale, he was selected to be the assistant conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and apprentice conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. A dedicated teacher, Loh held the position of associate instructor in music theory at Indiana University and teaching assistant at Yale University in advanced hearing, conducting and orchestration. He was also the guest curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for What Makes Music? an interactive exhibit, offering the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary. 
Producer Stephen Cook, president and CEO of TCG Entertainment, has 20 years of entertainment marketing
experience. TCG works in the entertainment, performing arts, and symphony industry by providing top quality programming, booking, producing, marketing and publicity services. TCG Productions include Cirque Musica, Rewind ” Celebrating the Music of the 80s, The Legends of Classic Rock, The King ” The Music of Elvis and more. TCG clients include Kenny G, Le Ombre, the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Saint Louis Symphony, among others. Prior to starting TCG, Cook held leadership positions at top entertainment companies including Universal Studios, Six Flags Over Texas, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Tussauds Group in Las Vegas and Feld Entertainment, Inc. Cook, a native of Lakeland, Florida, holds an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and an MBA from The University of Florida. 
John Elefante is a Grammy Award-winning multi-faceted performer, writer and producer for more than 30 years. Elefante was the lead singer for the supergroup Kansas in the early 80s.  Elefante co-wrote hits like Right Away, Fight Fire with Fire and more. Elefante has produced more than 30 albums for multiple groups including Petra. His solo career has spanned for decades in both the Christian and rock music genre.

Editors please note:

Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A NIGHT OF SYMPHONIC ROCK WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
JOHN ELEFANTE, vocalist
CHRISTINE LA FOND, vocalist
JOEY FINGER, drums & vocalist
KEITH HUBACHER, bass & vocalist
MICHAEL JOHNSON, guitar & vocalist
TOM LIPPS, keyboard & vocalist

Selections to be announced from stage.



 

Publish Date: 07-13-2015 20:24:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
July 9, 2015                                                                       
                                                                                         
CONTACT: 
Laura Harwin
412-255-1279        
lharwin@ywcapgh.org                                                                   

George Hazimanolis
412-662-136
                                                           
Next Step in Equal Pay Campaign Focuses on Building Negotiation Skills
˜Negotiation Know-How' Webcast set for Thursday, August 13

PITTSBURGH, PA”Learning to negotiate is one step women can take to counteract the gender wage gap, and they can get started on Thursday, August 13. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and WQED Multimedia invite women to learn how to build their negotiation skills during a free live-streaming webcast,Negotiation Know-How: Clearing the Hurdles to Making the Ask.

Negotiation Know-How is the second of five webcasts offered this year as part of Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay, a two-year multimedia campaign produced by WQED Multimedia in partnership with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. The campaign kicked off in October 2014 with a live talk show special on why the wage gap exists and how to improve it.  Last month, Closing the Gap received the YWCA USA Association Excellence Award for Advocacy at the YWCA 2015 Annual Conference.

The national recognition speaks volumes to the importance of the gender wage gap issue, said Magdeline E. Jensen, CEO, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Closing the Gap is now focused on the five webcasts, each of which addresses a topic that
contributes to the wage gap. The webcasts are intended to equip audiences with information and skills that will help them achieve fair pay throughout their careers and work toward a secure retirement.

We are pleased to bring these valuable skill-building webcasts to women in Pittsburgh and nationwide, Jensen said. These webcasts empower women with the knowledge to speak out for themselves and for future generations of women, especially when it comes to the gender wage gap.

Fifty years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women are still only making, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In that time span the current wage gap has improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year...and if it continues at that pace, the wage gap won't close completely until the year 2053.

Negotiation Know-How: Clearing the Hurdles to Making the Ask live streams August 13, at 4 p.m. For more information and to register, go toWomenWageGap.org. Watch parties are also encouraged. This webcast will arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement. Participants have the opportunity to:
  • Learn to recognize and clear their negotiation hurdles.
  • Discover the power structures and stereotypes that affect their negotiations.
  • Prepare themselves to negotiate effectively. 

Future Closing the Gap webcasts include Financial Freedom: Standing on Your Own Financial Feet after Graduation (Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.); Wage Gap Legal Issues: Know Your Rights (Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.); Your Personal Board of Directors: Cultivating Mentors & Sponsors in the Workplace (Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.). The first webcast from May 2015, Step Out With a Plan: Balancing Work, Life & Financial Security, is also archived for viewing at WomenWageGap.org.

Closing the Gap is made possible by the Eden Hall Foundation; Chatham University; and the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation; as well as support from Cathy Raphael; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; MSA; Georgia Berner; and the Women & Girls Foundation.
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About YWCA Greater PittsburghSince its proud beginnings in 1867, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. As society has changed, so have the challenges we face. But women's underlying need for support and encouragement that empowers them to take command of their lives and their families remains. For more information, visit www.ywcapgh.org

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 Create; WQED WORLD; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and www.wqedfm.org
; 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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Laura Harwin
Director of Development & PR
412-255-1279| lharwin@ywcapgh.org
305 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | www.ywcapgh.org

 

Publish Date: 07-13-2015 20:09:00
 


Jeff LeBlanc to Support Parachute Aug 2 @ Rex in Southside


A native New Yorker, 29 year-old Jeff LeBlanc's new album, Vision, looks to distinguish him from a crowded field of singer/songwriters.  Somewhat R&B and somewhat soulful, the record elevates his signature blend of smooth pop to a higher level all the while tackling sounds and topics he has yet to explore in his previous efforts.  I really challenged myself on this record  LeBlanc says.  I went into the studio each and every day, focused to create something deeper than I ever had before .  

The core of the record was tracked in Nashville's legendary Sound Emporium studios and the results are evident.  There is a distinct energy to Vision with its timeless warmth and unique clarity that is instantly refreshing.  

Listening to this album feels like catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee.  In the track Stumbled , Jeff shares the blunders of re-entering the dating scene and the heartbreak of falling for someone too fast all set to a lighthearted infectious groove. Say Anything You Want , is a response to all those in your life who criticize or doubt you, with a boastful almost arrogant tone, the song drives home the message that no one has the right to put you down.  Why Do I Worry is one of LeBlanc's most lyrically personal songs to date.  Sometimes I waste my days just thinking he says.  We all worry about the things that we can't control . 


 

Vision is the work of an artist who, through self-evaluation, has given us a snapshot into his soul.  The songs have a mature perspective on many issues that young adults face, as well as those who have a few more years in their pocket.  I hope that the listeners can see themselves in my experiences LeBlanc says, yet find their own interpretation on how the words relate to them . 

Jeff LeBlanc's trajectory will only continue to rise.  He's the kind of guy you root for.  His natural musical skills coupled with his genuine likability makes him a success in the eyes of his fans and those that get to meet him.  

Jeff LeBlanc graduated from Sacred Heart University, earned a history degree and imagined his destiny would likely be as a middle-school teacher.  However, LeBlanc's discovery of songwriting led him down a different path.  Since releasing his first EP "Signals in 2009, he has epitomized success as an independent artist netting two top ten albums on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart (2011's Worth Holding On To & 2013's My Own Way There), scoring dozens of television placements, achieving both satellite and commercial radio play, selling-out headline shows and touring the country with a wide range of acts such as Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen, Ingrid Michaelson, Parachute, Fifth Harmony, Chris Isaak, Joan Osborne and many more. 

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Emily Ginsberg
319.321.0919
EmmyG Productions

Slinging PR For...
Eliot Lipp * Front Country * Hot Buttered Rum * Jeff LeBlanc * John Craigie * Kosha Dillz * Late Night Radio * SunSquabi * The Ballroom Thieves * The Brothers Comatose * The DuPont Brothers * Trout Steak Revival




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Emily Ginsberg
319.321.0919
EmmyG Productions

Slinging PR For...
Eliot Lipp * Front Country * Hot Buttered Rum * Jeff LeBlanc * John Craigie * Kosha Dillz * Late Night Radio * SunSquabi * The Ballroom Thieves * The Brothers Comatose * The DuPont Brothers * Trout Steak Revival

 

Publish Date: 07-13-2015 16:51:00
 



For Immediate Release
June 19, 2015

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S THURSDAY NIGHT ICONS SERIES BRINGS POP LEGEND JOHNNY MATHIS TO THE HEINZ HALL STAGE


PITTSBURGH Johnny Mathis, one of the most versatile and multi-dimensional pop artists of modern time, takes the Heinz Hall stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for its Summer with the Symphony: Thursday Night Icons series on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Iconic hits like Wonderful! Wonderful!, Chances Are and Misty immediately come to mind at the sound of Johnny Mathis' name, who celebrates his 59th year in the music industry in 2015, making him Columbia Records' longest-running artist. Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories, transcending passing fads. He has recorded more than 80 albums in his career, including six Christmas albums, had three songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and achieved 50 Hits on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart. Mathis' sublime vocals mixed with the musical excellence of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and Guest Conductor Scott Lavender, set the mood for an evening of incredible music making.

Tickets for Thursday Night Icons: Johnny Mathis with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra range in price from $39 to $139 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

Those interested in attending more than one summer concert can craft their own series of concerts at a discounted rate. Buy tickets to two concerts and receive 10% off the ticket price; three concerts receive 20% off
the ticket price; and four or more concerts receive 30% off the ticket price. These discounts are only available via phone or in person at the Heinz Hall box office. Pittsburgh Symphony subscribers can receive a 15% subscriber discount by calling their patron services representative (PSR).


The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, to Clem and Mildred Mathis. As a small boy, the family moved to Post Street in San Francisco. It was there that he learned an appreciation of music from his father who taught him his first song, My Blue Heaven. At age eight, his father purchased an old upright piano for $25. When he brought it home, it wouldn't fit through the front door. So that evening, Mathis stayed up all night to watch his father dismantle the piano, get it into the small living room of their basement apartment and then reassemble it. Clem Mathis, who worked briefly as a musician back in Texas playing the piano and singing on stage, would continue to teach his son many songs and routines. Mathis had proven to be the most eager of the children to learn all about music. He sang in the church choir, school functions, community events and for visitors in their home, as well as amateur shows in the San Francisco area. He was also a successful track & field athlete, and was offered a chance to compete in the Olympic Trials. In the same week, Columbia Records called, so he chose to go to New York to record his first album in March 1956. Best-known for his supremely popular hits like Chances Are," "It's Not for Me to Say" and "Misty, Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums, six Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide.


 During his extensive career he has had three songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, received five Grammy Nominations and, in 2003, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In spite of a very busy tour schedule and many charity events, Mathis still finds time to enjoy a little free time. He was an avid tennis player until the late 1960s, when a good friend turned him on to his now life-long love of golf. He plays golf almost every day when he's not traveling and has sung at many golf banquets such as the Ryder Cup. After almost 60 years as a recording artist, what's next for Mathis? I don't think about retiring. I think about how I can keep singing for the rest of my life. I just have to pace myself.


Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is an engaging conductor of impressive range and talent. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Loh will become the first music director of Symphoria, based in Syracuse N.Y., founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. As resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh works closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducts a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He is active in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Community Engagement and Partnership Concerts, extending the symphony's reach into other communities. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel's Messiah in December 2008. Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series where he played the part of host and conductor. In addition to his duties on the podium, he is an audience favorite in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Concert Preludes lecture series, edits radio broadcasts and makes many public appearances. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra began as assistant conductor in 2005. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006 and to resident conductor in 2007. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has made its mark as an ensemble of superb musicianship, performing electrifying performances year-round. Off the podium, Loh is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate, and is constantly in demand as a guest speaker and clinician. Loh's recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Greater Bridgeport Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas and El Paso Symphonies. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. 

He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee among others. He has led Korea's Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Las Vegas and Hot Springs, the Kinhaven Music School (Vt.), the Performing Arts Institute (Pa.) and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp. Loh held the positions of assistant and associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He led the Dallas Symphony in a variety of classical subscription and educational programs throughout each season. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he stepped in to conduct on short notice for an ailing Charles Dutoit, conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Prior to his Dallas appointment, Loh was appointed by Music Director Marin Alsop to be associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. From 1998 to 2001, he conducted more than 50 concerts annually, including classical subscription, pops, education, family and outreach programs. While in Denver, he was also music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the premiere youth orchestra in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region. 

Additionally, Loh served as the interim director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program at Denver University's Lamont School of Music in 2000-2001. In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in orchestral conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. During his years at Yale, he was selected to be the assistant conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and apprentice conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. A dedicated teacher, Loh held the position of associate instructor in music theory at Indiana University and teaching assistant at Yale University in advanced hearing, conducting and orchestration. He was also the guest curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for What Makes Music? an interactive exhibit, offering the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary. 


John Scott Lavender's 40-year professional music career might best be described as eclectic. As music director for Glenn Yarbrough, Toni Tennille and, for the last 24 years, the legendary Johnny Mathis, he has performed with and conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain including the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and, most recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Lavender holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, pursued graduate studies in jazz at North Texas State and earned a master's degree in instrumental conducting from California State University, Northridge, where he also performed the piano solo piano part in Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements with the CSUN orchestra. His recent guest-conducting appearances include performances of Borodin, Shostakovich and Gershwin with the Pacific (Orange County, California) Symphony, as well as leading the Chautauqua Institution Orchestra in an evening of music, both light and classical, from film. He recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony in a program featuring the debut of his original composition, Overture to Tomorrow, as well as his own arrangements of movie classics. A published composer of works for symphony and school orchestra as well as jazz band, his own big band CD, Prime Time, features many of LA's most accomplished studio musicians. Lavender collaborated with composer Michael Isaacson on the orchestral score for the Museum of Jewish History in lower Manhattan.  Recently he arranged and conducted a series of three television commercials for The Gap clothing stores based on music from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.   With cellist Roger Shell, his most recent recording is the CD, ˜Round Midnight, featuring original and unique treatments of songs from jazz and the American songbook. In addition to his work with Mathis, Lavender is an adjunct assistant professor and teaches conducting and jazz-related classes at his alma mater. His interests outside music include bicycling, baseball, tennis, ping pong and cigars. He lives in Ohio with his wife and two children.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 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), Andre 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. 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 36 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 also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Join one-of-a-kind mother, Rose, and her two talented daughters as they search for fame in Pittsburgh CLO's production ofGYPSY, July 10-19 at the Benedum Center. This entertaining musical is complete with memorable performances, mother-daughter struggles and the hardships of show business life, all while set during the infamous vaudeville era.Featuring one show-stopping song after another such as Everything's Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Have a Gimmick and Let Me Entertain You,  GYPSY truly is the greatest of all American musicals (The New York Times). Based on the real-life memoirs of burlesque mega-star, Gypsy Rose Lee, GYPSY tells the story of the mother behind the curtain, Rose. Blinded by her own ambition, Rose pushes her two daughters to pave the way to stardom on vaudeville's legendary circuit. Do not miss this mother of a big, Broadway musical!
ABOUT THE CAST
Kim Zimmer (Roseattended Hope College for her undergraduate and continued her education at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She's best known for her portrayal of Reva Shayne on Guiding Light for which she received four Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Awards along with 11 Nominations. Ms. Zimmer recently wrapped up her record-breaking tour with the First National Company ofWICKED. Some of her favorite Regional and Off-Broadway credits include: Four Dogs and a Bone, Love, Loss, And What I Wore, Blood Brothers, Gypsy, Sunset Boulevard, Dirty Blonde, Curtains, Shirley Valentine and Lost Boy Found at Whole Foods. Other television credits include: Seinfeld, Designing Women, Models, Inc., MacGyver, One Life to Live, The Doctors and Santa Barbara. Film credits include: 23 Blast, Body Heat, Freshmen Father, Keeping Secrets and Trench Coat in Paradise. Zimmer's experience in Daytime T.V. spans 32 years and is chronicled in her best-selling memoir I'm Just Saying! available on Amazon.com.
Robert Newman (Herbieis perhaps best known for his 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on the longest-running program in broadcasting history, Guiding Light.  The role garnered him two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a.   Film credits include Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dracano and the short film Deadline.  Off-Broadway Credits include Perfect Crime, She's of a Certain AgeSessions: the Musical and Quiet on the Set. Regional credits include Other Desert Cities at Cape May Stage; Gypsy opposite Tovah Feldshuh at BRT; Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Deathtrap, Peter Pan, Shenandoah and Man of La Mancha at the Barn Theatre;Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse and TUTS; Annie at NCT; Nine at NSMT; and A Little Night Music and The Full Monty at Pittsburgh CLO. Other stage credits includePicnic, Barefoot in the Park, Romantic Comedy, Sylvia (which he also directed) andThe Glass Menagerie.
Drama Series. He has recently guest starred on Homeland, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Law and Order: SVU
Susan Cella (Tessie Tura/Miss Cracthittreturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in Mary Poppins and Man of La Mancha this season. Broadway: The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and My Girl, Evita, On the Twentieth Century, Allegro, Lady in the Dark. National tours: Fiddler, Hairspray, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Me and my Girl, Can-Can. Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah, Mayor, Jacques Brel. Regional: over 35 productions. Film/TV: Person of Interest, Law and Order, The Sopranos, All my Children, Hi Honey I'm Home, The Tavern, The Astronaut's Wife, Follies, A Sondheim Celebration.
Jeffrey Howell (Uncle Jocko/Philrecently performed with Virginia Musical Theatre in Gypsy and with the REP in Souvenir. Some favorite Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella. Other credits includeCandide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.
Daniel Krell (Weber/Cigarhas appeared in more than 35 productions with Pittsburgh CLO and has acted in major roles in the area's professional theatres such as the Public, City Theatre, Quantum, Bricolage, PICT and The Rep, to name a few and in regional theatres such as Clarence Brown Theatre, PlayMakers repertory and Gateway Playhouse among others. Dan is also a veteran of many films, commercials, industrials and voice-overs. Up next: The Diary of Anne Frank at Pittsburgh Public.
Mallory Michaellann (Juneis entering her senior year in the BFA Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan. Credits: Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Footloose, Mary Poppins (Pittsburgh CLO), Cabaret, The Music Man (UofM).


Felicia Niebel (Baby Louiseis excited to be back on stage with the Pittsburgh CLO. She most recently appeared in A Musical Christmas Carol. Other Pittsburgh CLO productions include Annie (Molly) and Jesus Christ Superstar. Felicia studies at the CLO Academy and is member of the CLO Mini Stars.
Amma Osei (Mazeppais making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Broadway: Rock of Ages (Justice). National/International Tours: Rock of Ages (Justice), Fame (Ms. Sherman). Regional Credits: Crowns (Wanda), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Big River (Alice), Ain't Misbehavin' (Armelia), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Little Shop(Ronette), The Who's Tommy (Acid Queen), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present).
Dallas Padoven (Pastey/Georgereturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearances inSingin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde and Footloose last year. Other credits includeHands on a Hardbody at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, CINCY KINGS at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Pacific and Tommy at West Virginia Public Theatre and many other regional productions.
Paul Palmer (Pop) is a Pittsburgh CLO veteran. Gypsy is this actor's 59th Pittsburgh CLO production over 35 summer seasons, harkening all the way back to 1975.
Gavan Pamer (Philcounts the following among his credits: Tours: CATS(Mungojerrie), A Chorus Line, 42nd Street.  Pittsburgh CLO: 42nd Street (Andy Lee),Joseph... (Reuben), Carousel (Heavenly Friend), Me and My Girl (Bob Barking),Crazy for You (Custus Perkins), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Forever Plaid(PSM), My Way (Choreographer).  PPT: A Grand Night for Singing (Martin). LPPAC: Jesus Christ SuperstarWhite ChristmasMy Way.  Playhouse: Big River,Drood.  WVPT: Dames at SeaOklahoma!George M!. PMT: Chicago, Blood BrothersPeter Pan.
Ruth Pferdehirt (Electracounts among her many credits: Brooke in Noises Off and Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors (Rep Theatre of St. Louis); Lorelei Lee inGentlemen Prefer Blondes (Merry-Go-Round), Dory in Finding Nemo: The Musical;shows at The St. Louis MUNY such as Hello, Dolly!, Les Miserables and The Producers; Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Lina in Singin' In The Rain.
Amanda Rose (Louise/Gypsy Rose Leereturns to Pittsburgh CLO after last being seen as Betty in Sunset Blvd. Broadway/National tours: Wicked (Nessarose), Dr. Dolittle starring Tommy Tune, Oklahoma! (Laurey). Favorite recent regional: The Full Monty (Pam), 9 to 5 (Judy), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Sunset Blvd. (Betty) Gypsy(Louise), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Curtains (Nikki), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy), Les MiserablesSwing!, West Side Story, 42nd Street at Papermill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Goodspeed Opera House, Walnut St. Theatre, Houston TUTS, Maine State, Atlanta TOTS, Fulton Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse.
Zach Trimmer (Tulsais very proud to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut inGypsy. Selected Credits: Hairspray (Brad, Corny u/s - Nat'l Tour; Link - TBTS),Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod u/s - Nat'l Tour, Ogunquit, Gateway), The Bard-y Bunch(Greg - Off-B'way), West Side Story and South Pacific (Tony/Lt. Joe Cable Westchester B'Way), La Cage aux Folles (Jean-Michel - North Shore, TBTS),Grease (Danny - TBTS), The Fantasticks (Matt - WV Public).
Lucia Williams (Baby Junereturns to Pittsburgh CLO for her seventh show including: Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and A Musical Christmas Carol. Ms. Williams is a seventh grader at St. Louise de Marillac. She is also a CLO Academy student and CLO Mini Star.


GYPSY is complete with a talented ensemble, including Danny BevinsBen BogenLindsey BraccoMelessie ClarkKevin ClayIxchel CuellarKate JohnsonL'ogan J'onesBrooke LacyAlle-Faye Monka and Kevin Paul. They will be joined by CLO Academy students, including Blake AltmanMadeline DalesioGianni DelMastroMaddie DickJacob EpsteinTrisha Holmes,Madison LiberatoreCaroline LucasMia LynchAlaina ParrWill Sendera,Jonah SteeleHalle SurgilEllie TongelGracie Vensel and Mario Williams.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Charley Repole (Director) is a Pittsburgh CLO veteran. Pittsburgh CLO: 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, Curtains, White Christmas, Annie, Copacabana and Carousel. NYC/Broadway: Dubarry was a Lady, Call Me Madam, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit (Carnegie Hall) and Lyrics and Lyricists 25th Year Celebration (92nd Street Y ). Kennedy Center: Where's Charley? Broadway performance credits: Doubles, Whoopee! and Very Good Eddie (Tony nomination, Theatre World Award). Mr. Repole is Chairman of the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department at Queens College.
Michael Lichtefeld (Choreographer) has choreographed six Broadway musicals:The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd and Little Women; nine off-Broadway musicals and several shows at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.  Recently he directed/choreographed How to Succeed, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity and Evita for the Drayton Festival, Canada. He won IRNE awards as Best Director for North Shore Music Theater's Bye Bye Birdie and 42nd Street. His choreography has been nominated for three Outer Critic Circle Awards, as well as The Drama Desk Award and The LA Ovation Award. His collaboration with Susan H. Schulman began in 1984 and continues today.
Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 20th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of SouvenirLes MisГrablesMe and My GirlCats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.
Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) counts the following among his national credits: The National High School Musical Theater Awards in NYC, The Asolo, NSMT, George Street Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, New York Theater Institute, The Blumenthal Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Madison Opera, DSM, TOTS.  Local credits include productions for PPT, City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, CLO Cabaret, Pittsburgh Opera, PSO, PBT, PICT, THE REP, Barebones Productions, as well as others.


HISTORY OF THE SHOW
GYPSY is loosely based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. It is the ultimate backstage story, featuring her overbearing mother Rose. Work on the musical began after legend Ethel Merman and David Merrick read a chapter of Lee's memoirs in Harper's Magazine. The team of Merman, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim collaborated to bring Lee's story to life on stage. The musical opened on Broadway May 21, 1959, starring Merman as Rose. The production garnered eight Tony Award nominations and high praise from critics.
Following its Broadway debut, Warner Bros. released a film version of Gypsy starring Rosalind Russell as Rose and Natalie Wood as her daughter Louise. The film was nominated for three Oscars and several Golden Globes, including Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, which Rosalind Russell won. Gypsy was introduced to a new generation in 1993 when CBS released a made-for-TV version starring Bette Midler.
After a pair of National Tours, GYPSY opened in London in 1973 starring Angela Lansbury. Subsequent Broadway revivals were mounted in 1974, 1989 (starring Tyne Daly), 2003 (starring Bernadette Peters) and 2008 (starring Patti Lupone). Across the multiple revivals and original productions, GYPSY has brought in a staggering 26 Tony Award nominations.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Arthur Laurents (Book) was approached by David Merrick and Leland Hayward, producers of the musical, to write the book. Laurents was considered by many as a prolific stage director and screenwriter, whose additional credits include the books for the musical, West Side Story (1957) and the screenplay for The Way We Were (1973). In the early 1960s, Laurents introduced a then-unknown Barbra Streisand to the world in the Broadway musical, I Can Get it for You Wholesale, only to provide her with the script for one of her biggest box-office hits, The Way We Were, a decade later. Less than five years later, he followed with the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film, "The Turning Point" (1977), and in 1983 directed the Broadway smash hit La Cage Aux Folles.

Jule Styne (Music) wrote the score for Gypsy after Ethel Merman, who collaborated with the producers and starred in the musical, only had him in mind. With the scores of such Broadway classics as Gentlemen Prefer BlondesPeter PanBells Are Ringing and Funny Girl to his credit, Styne ranks as one of the undisputed architects of the American musical theater. Styne's collaboration credits include: Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, Bob Merrill, Leo Robin and E.Y. Harburg, and their combined efforts have produced such showstoppers as "The Party's Over," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "People" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend." He was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1990.
Stephen Sondheim (Lyrics) was asked by director Jerome Robbins, who had worked with him on the musical West Side Story, to write the lyrics for Gypsy. His best-known works as composer and lyricist include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumCompanyFolliesA Little Night MusicSweeney ToddSunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. Sondheim has received an Academy Award; eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre); eight Grammy Awards; a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. He is described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as "now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater."  
David Merrick and Leland Hayward (Producers) co-produced the original Broadway production of Gypsy which opened at the Broadway Theatre May 21, 1959. After reading a chapter in Gypsy Rose Lee's memoirs in Harper's Magazine, Merrick approached Lee to obtain the rights, and Hayward to co-produce. Merrick's additional credits include: Oliver!Hello, Dolly! (1964), I Do! I Do! (1966), Promises, Promises (1968), and 42nd Street (1980).The latter ran for 3,486 performances, his most enduring Broadway production to date.
Some of Hayward's most famous credits include: the original Broadway stage productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The Sound of Music.
Jerome Robbins (Director and Choreographer) was the creative genius behind the stage adaptation of Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir. His Broadway shows include: On the TownBillion Dollar BabyHigh Button ShoesWest Side StoryThe King and IGypsyPeter PanMiss LibertyCall Me Madam, and Fiddler on the Roof. His last Broadway production in 1989, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Among the more than 60 ballets he created are Fancy FreeAfternoon of a FaunThe ConcertDances At a GatheringIn the NightIn G MajorOther DancesGlass Pieces and Ives, Songs, which are in the repertories of New York City Ballet and other major dance companies throughout the world. In addition to two Academy Awards for the film West Side Story, Mr. Robbins has received four Tony Awards, five Donaldson Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Screen Directors' Guild Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. 
Performance Schedule for Gypsy
FridayJuly 108 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 112 p.m. and 8 p.m.
SundayJuly 122 p.m. and 7 p.m.
TuesdayJuly 148 p.m.
WednesdayJuly 158 p.m.
ThursdayJuly 168 p.m.
FridayJuly 178 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 182 p.m. and 8 p.m.
SundayJuly 192 p.m.
TICKETS
Tickets start at $20 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $35. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group SalesHotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.
Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteand WTAE-TV.
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Since 1946, the 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 each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 20 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards) featuring the current productions of Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academythe CLO Mini Starsthe Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, theNational High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

 

Publish Date: 07-09-2015 11:24:00
 



LEGENDARY FILM COMPOSER, SINGER/SONGWRITER RANDY NEWMAN CLOSES PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S THURSDAY NIGHT ICON SERIES

PITTSBURGH Performing in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1977, Randy Newman, whose music speaks to multiple generations, closes the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Summer with the Symphony: Thursday Night Icons series on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.



Newman has created musical masterpieces that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical, and a host of unforgettable film scores. His musical work has earned him icon status after winning six Grammys, three Emmys, two Academy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  His robust solo career includes recordings like Harps and Angels, Sail Away and Good Old Boys, while his film score repertoire includes classics like all three Toy Story movies, Seabiscuit and A Bug's Life, just to name a few! Newman will be joined on stage by the Pittsburgh Symphony under the direction of Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor and will take his own turn at conducting the orchestra for part of the concert. The audience will hear hits like You've Got a Friend in Me, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Short People and many more.

Tickets for Thursday Night Icons: Randy Newman with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra range in price from $39 to $139 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/icons.

Those interested in attending more than one summer concert can craft their own series of concerts at a discounted rate. Buy tickets to two concerts and receive 10% off the ticket price; three concerts receive 20% off the ticket price; and four or more concerts receive 30% off the ticket price. These discounts are only available via phone or in person at the Heinz Hall box office. Pittsburgh Symphony subscribers can receive a 15% subscriber discount by calling their patron services representative (PSR).

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 into a famously musical family ” his uncles Alfred, Lionel and Emil were all well-respected film composers and conductors. Even Randy's father Irving Newman ” a prominent physician ” wrote a song for Bing Crosby. Perhaps then it's no surprise that at 17, Randy Newman was already a professional songwriter in his own right, knocking out tunes for a Los Angeles publishing house. When his longtime friend Lenny Waronker helped Newman get a recording contract with Reprise Records, Newman dropped out of UCLA where he was studying music one semester short of graduation. In 1968, he made his debut with the orchestral Randy Newman, and before long Newman's extraordinary and eclectic compositions were being recorded by an unusually wide range of artists, from Pat Boone to Ray Charles, Peggy Lee to Wilson Pickett. Critics rightly raved about Newman's 1970 sophomore effort 12 Songs, and increasingly the public started to take notice with albums like 1970's Live (like Songbook, an opportunity to hear Newman playing alone), and even more so with 1972's classic Sail Away and 1974's brilliant and controversial Good Old Boys. His musical depth and the literary quality and edge of his character-oriented lyrics struck critics. With 1977's Top Ten Little Criminals, Newman experienced a huge left-field smash in the unlikely form of Short People ” a rare, strange and at times uncomfortable brush with full-blown pop stardom for Newman. Less surprisingly, Newman soon managed to successfully slow any annoying career momentum with 1979's Born Again ” a decidedly barbed piece of work which pictured Newman on the cover in Kiss-styled make-up with a dollar sign on his face. How fitting for a dark piece of work that features It's Money That I Love, a memorable comment on runaway capitalism that's now reprised on The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 

1. In the 80s, Newman was dividing his time between film composing and recording his own albums, with the former work seemingly making the later efforts increasingly infrequent. In 1981, Newman released his exquisite score for Milos Forman's adaptation of E.L. Doctrow's Ragtime ” earning him his first two of 16 Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Song. 1983 saw the release of Trouble in Paradise, while the next year saw the release of Newman's Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated score for The Natural. Following some more film work, Newman finally got around to recording another studio album. 

1988's Land of Dreams was another breakthrough work marked by some of Newman's most personal and powerful work yet. In the 90s, Newman enjoyed massive success with his film work, as well as winning a 1990 Emmy for his music in the pilot of Cop Rock. Amusingly and surprisingly to many longtime fans, the cutting social critic and sometime brilliant curmudgeon somehow found himself becoming a beloved children's entertainer thanks to his outstanding music for films like 1995's Toy Story, 1996's James and the Giant Peach, 1997's Cats Don't Dance, 1998's Bug's Life and 1999's Toy Story 2. Newman won three more Grammys for his work on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. Still, Newman managed to play to the adult audience as well with his darkly hilarious take on Faust”the 1995 recording of which included performances by Don Henley, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. 

Towards the end of the decade, Newman put out an impressive four-CD compilation, 1998's Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman and a strong new album for DreamWorks, 1999's Bad Love ” Newman's first collaboration with Mitchell Froom. In 2002, Newman finally won his first Oscar for If I Didn't Have You from Monsters Inc. If it's not Newman's style to look forward with optimism, it's also not his personal preference to look back, whether in anger or in any other emotion. Yet somehow he still does so brilliantly on The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. I (2003), his illuminating first effort for the Nonesuch label. The 18-song set finds Newman singing and playing piano on powerful new solo versions of his early classics and his more recent gems, as well as a few examples of the Oscar-winning composer's film music. The album is an intimate and powerful reminder of the enduring work that has established Newman as a songwriter's songwriter”one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters ever to be at play in the fields of popular music.

Fawzi Haimor holds the position of resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts a variety of concerts including classical, pops, education and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he has served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In his first European season, Haimor made an impressive debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Bruckner's Symphony No.4 and was re-invited after the first rehearsal. In the United Kingdom, he appeared with the WГrttembergisches Kammerorchester at the Cadogan Hall, London with a contemporary programme and with Sinfonia ViVA in a classical programme, including Schumann cello concerto with Leonard Elschenbroich and Beethoven Symphony No.1. 

The Derby Telegraph noted of the Beethoven, A buoyant scherzo was followed by a runaway romp of a finale, the criss-crossing scale-patterns exhilarating in their precision and incisiveness. Elsewhere, Haimor works with Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra and Amman Symphony in the Middle East. Highlights for the 2014-2015 season include returning to the Orquesta Sinfonia di Porto and debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Prokofiev's 7th Symphony, Haydn Orchesta Bolzano, Qatar Philharmonic, Bursa State Orchestra, Turkey and education projects with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with a staged production of Grieg's Peer Gynt. Haimor was invited to attend rehearsals with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim this summer at the Teatro ColГn, Buenos Aires. 

His repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he was the founder of the Davis Summer Symphony which is geared towards the education and outreach of classical music in the community. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay area. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, where he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor's degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master's degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master's in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.



The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 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), Andre 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. 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 36 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 also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors please note:

Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THURSDAY NIGHT ICONS: RANDY NEWMAN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
RANDY NEWMAN, vocalist
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor

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Publish Date: 07-08-2015 06:08:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / 412-471-1578, Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / 412-471-8717, Roth@TrustArts.org

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
GATEWAY TO THE ARTS MERGES WITH PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
Merger Exemplifies Commitment to the Professional Development of Artists and to the Value of Integrated Arts Education in the Region
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Gateway to the Arts announced that Gateway to the Arts will merge with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust effective July 1, 2015.  The merger will provide a greater opportunity to advance the mission”and promote the core values”of Gateway to the Arts within the Pittsburgh community and surrounding regions.  The merger joins Gateway to the Arts and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Education Department. 
This is a win-win situation, a merger of strengths, as Gateway to the Arts' brand, quality of programming, teaching artists and their affiliation with Wolf Trap and Young Audiences Inc. combines with the artistic mission and powerful infrastructure of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, shared Ann Felter and Stacey Davis, Co-Chairs of the Gateway to the Arts Board.  We are confident that it will significantly advance the mission of both organizations in a most meaningful, impactful way.   This merger will leverage resources and be a new, innovative ways for arts organizations to work together to maximize the value each brings to the community.
J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust commented, Gateway to the Arts has a long standing history of providing arts education and artist training to the region.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to provide a platform that can broaden the impact of that work.  The Trust is excited about the new and immersive experiences that will be made available to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Since 1957, Gateway to the Arts has nurtured successful relationships between students, educators, artists and families in 15 counties within Western Pennsylvania.  The organization is known for its diverse roster of teaching artists and arts integration models for K-12 settings.  In recent years, Gateway to the Arts worked closely with the Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program ("ECEP") and in August 2008 the organization became the only Pennsylvania affiliate of the prestigious Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning in the Arts. 
The value of the arts in education and in the lives of children will remain the focus and efforts to support those values will be sustained more efficiently through the merger.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has managed four other successful mergers during its thirty year history, including Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh International Children's Theater Series, and Highmark First Night Pittsburgh.                 
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. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 07-08-2015 05:36:00
 


For Immediate Release
July 6, 2015
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY ON AUGUST 1

PITTSBURGH The official symphony concert world tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY arrives at Heinz Hall on Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. as part of the Summer with the Symphony series.
This concert features the music of SQUARE ENIX's iconic video game series FINAL FANTASY, including works by Japanese game composer Nobuo Uematsu. Led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, Distant Worlds features the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh ” led for the last time by retiring director Betsy Burleigh ” and local actor Tim Hartman, as narrator, performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A stirring multimedia experience, Distant Worlds combines beautiful screen images with the soaring emotional impact of the music from the more than 25-year history of this world-renowned video game series performed with the high artistic standards of the Pittsburgh Symphony!
A post-show meet-and-greet, which includes an autograph session and photo opportunity with Roth and FINAL FANTASY XII composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, will be held at Heinz Hall for those who purchase a VIP package, which also includes premium seats.
Tickets for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY range in price from $45 to $150 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/summer.
Those interested in attending more than one summer concert can craft their own series of concerts at a discounted rate. Buy tickets to two concerts and receive 10% off the ticket price; three concerts receive 20% off the ticket price; and four or more concerts receive 30% off the ticket price. These discounts are only available via phone or in person at the Heinz Hall box office. Pittsburgh Symphony subscribers can receive a 15% subscriber discount by calling their patron services representative (PSR).
Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for his work with a renowned list of international recording and performing artists from pop music, classical, R&B, rock and musical theater, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli. Roth has conducted many of the world's leading orchestras, including the
London Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Sydney Symphony and the WDR Rundfunkorchester KГln. He is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and SQUARE ENIX as music director and conductor of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy; as conductor of the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne's concerts including Symphonic Fantasies, Symphonic Odysseys and Symphonic Legends; as music director and conductor of PLAY! A Videogame Symphony, and many other successful concert productions in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song "Shine" from the movie Barbie in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of bestselling CDs. For more information, visit awrmusic.com.
Tim Hartman has been professionally acting, singing, writing and illustrating since 1982. He has appeared on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. Regionally he has appeared as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, as wel as Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hook in Peter Pan, Falstaff in Henry IV and C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. Hartman also has appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Thenardier in Les Miserables and 24 characters in The Cotton Patch Gospel. His film credits include Silence of the Lambs, The Piano Lesson, The Mothman Prophecies, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Fault in our Stars. For the last 15 years, Hartman has been writing and performing assembly programs for schools. He also is an award-winning political cartoonist. For more, visit timhartman.com.
At 105 years young, the Mendelssohn Choir is Pittsburgh's oldest continuing performing arts organization. The Mendelssohn Choir is passionate about choral music. By singing choral music at the highest level, the Choir combines the clarity of words with the mystical power of music so that the deepest and most universal of human expressions are magnified through a community of voices. As the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's chorus of choice, the Mendelssohn Choir has performed under the baton of some of the world's foremost conductors including Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Rafael FrГhbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, AndrГ Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Helmuth Rilling, Ingo Metzmacher, Richard Hickox, Zdenek MГcal and Manfred Honeck. Performances of the Choir with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are heard locally over WQED-FM (89.3) and distributed nationally by PRI. Under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, the Choir has become known for its mastery of the great choral classics. Most recently under her direction, the Mendelssohn Choir has performed Aaron Copland's In the Beginning and Mozart's Great Mass to sold-out audiences at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Dr. Burleigh led the chorus in a critically acclaimed performance of Rachmaninoff's a cappella masterwork, the Vespers, at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Choir has numerous commissions and premieres to its credit, including works by Ned Rorem, Nancy Galbraith and Derek Bermel.  A leader and collaborator in the regional arts community, the Mendelssohn's artistic partners have included the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the River City Brass Band, the Children's Festival Chorus, and the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The Mendelssohn Choir continues to garner critical accolades as it shares the joy of choral music with the more than 50,000 individuals who hear the Mendelssohn in performance each year. The more than 110 singers who comprise the Mendelssohn share a remarkable commitment to the art of making great choral music and collectively contribute more than 45,000 volunteer hours each year. Through its recordings and commissions of new choral works, the Mendelssohn Choir seeks to advance the choral art. The Choir's most recent recording released in fall 2011 is Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh with Manfred Honeck conducting. As part of its commitment to educating the next generation of choral musicians, approximately 50 high school singers participate annually in the Junior Mendelssohn Program. Junior Mendelssohn alumni are to be found in concert halls and on opera stages throughout the world. The Junior Mendelssohn achieved national acclaim last year when it was honored nationally with a 2011 American Prize for best vocal performance by a high school chorus. The Mendelssohn Choir is a Steinway Artist.
Whether it's the early sounds of gaming in the 1980s or the live orchestral scores for some of today's leading game series, Hitoshi Sakimoto is recognized as an industry pioneer, helping to shape the face of video gaming
music. Best known for his work on Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics and the Valkyria Chronicles series, Sakimoto has so far worked on more than 180 projects, ranging from video games, animated series and CD releases. Beginning his video game career at 16, Sakimoto first gained attention in the industry through his work on the game Revolter, as well as the sound driver Terpsiphorean; a synthesizer driver which was implemented into many games throughout the Japanese game market In the early '90s. This recognition led to many game designers and companies recruiting Sakimoto to compose and arrange music for their projects. Working as a freelance artist, Sakimoto scored many games including Vagrant StoryOgre BattleGradius VLegaia 2: Duel SagaTekken AdvanceVagrant StoryRadiant Silvergun and many others. But amongst these, his first notable title on an international scale came when he and co-composer Masaharu Iwata created the score to SQUARE-ENIX's Final Fantasy Tactics. Praised by fans and critics alike, various sequels and soundtracks to the game would soon follow, as well as another offer from SQUARE ENIX, to compose the entire soundtrack for the inevitable Final Fantasy XII. From the followings of FFXII, Sakimoto expanded his company, Basiscape, as a result of demand for his compositions. It is now regarded as the largest independent video game music production company in Japan. Since its formation, Sakimoto and his team have worked on several high profile titles such as Odin SphereASH (Archaic Sealed Heat), the Valkyria Chronicles series, Tekken 6 and the remake of the classic Tactics Ogre. He also composed the orchestral soundtracks for the Japanese anime Romeo x JulietThe Tower of Druaga and the Valkyria Chronicles animated series.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 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), Andre 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. 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 36 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 also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.

HEINZ HALL
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ARNIE ROTH, conductor
TIM HARTMAN, narrator
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH, directed by Betsy Burleigh
HITOSHI SAKIMOTO, FINAL FANTASY XII composer in attendance

Selections to be announced from stage.

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For Immediate Release
July 7, 2015
COMMUNITY BRASS PLAYERS INVITED TO PERFORM WITH PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT BRASS N'AT

PITTSBURGH As part of Neighborhood Week, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering community brass players of all ages a unique opportunity to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony brass and percussion sections on Tuesday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.
This one-hour concert event is led by guest conductor Lawrence Loh and features a first half with the Pittsburgh Symphony only performing music by Dukas, Warlock, Sousa and Clarke. Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh and Principal Trombone Peter Sullivan will solo on Clarke's Cousins. Community members will join the symphony players during the second half to perform music by Arnaud, Wagner, Grainger and John Williams.
The event is free for both the audience and participants. Advance registration is required for players who wish to participate. The registration form can be found at pittsburghsymphony.org/brassnat and should be submitted by August 14. All participants need to attend a rehearsal with Loh at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland on Monday, August 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Rehearsal attendees are eligible to receive two tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony's Neighborhood Week: Salute to Veterans concert that evening at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org/brassnat.
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Festival! The nation's premier free arts festival returns June 5 14 to downtown Pittsburgh. Unseen/Unheard, this year's Festival theme, aims to explore and vocalize narratives that are not typically heard, or are marginalized. The complete 10-day schedule featuring nearly 1,000 artists is available at TrustArts.org/TRAF.


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Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch name:  2015 TRAF

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
JURIED VISUAL ART EXHIBITION RECIPIENTS
BEST IN SHOW AND JUROR'S AWARD
PART OF THE
56TH ANNUAL DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
UNSEEN/UNHEARD 
POINT STATE PARK | CULTURAL DISTRICT | GATEWAY CENTER
10 DAYS OF FREE music + art | JUNE 5 14, 2015 

Pittsburgh, PAThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce
the recipients of ˜Best in Show' and ˜Juror's Award' from the Juried Visual Art Exhibition, part of the 56th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  
The Juried Visual Art Exhibition ˜Best in Show' was awarded to Ivette Spradlin (Pittsburgh, PA) and Athena Frances Harden (Pittsburgh, PA) for their video You are Gone, I am Here (2014); and the ˜Juror's Award' was presented to Robert Sholties (Glenshaw, PA) for his painting Out of Balance (2014).   

I'm happy to be part of this year's Juried Exhibition and grateful to these artists, near and far, who shared their work with us, commented Astria Suparak, Juror for the 2015 Juried Visual Art Exhibition. These are the works that captured my attention during the 'blind' jury process, without knowing who the artists were or anything about their careers. From painting and sculpture, to fiber work and carved wood furniture, to relational aesthetics and digital landscapes, you'll see a range of work from here to Tehran.
Ivette Spradlin and Athena Frances Harden's video You are Gone, I am Here (2014) is a collaborative project that serves as a "representation of connection," the artists write. Despite their distance during the making of this video, they each shot daily footage of the sky, something that they both saw every day, and sent the videos (shot on iPhones) to each other as postcards. What is revealed beyond their different surroundings and lives is their visual tendencies as well as their desires. To watch the video You are Gone, I am Here, visit: https://vimeo.com/129478583.
Artist Robert Sholties describes his hyper-detailed dream landscape painting Out of Balance (2014),When thoughtfulness, logic and reason are abandoned.  It is one of three allegorical paintings of his in this year's Juried Visual Art Exhibition. 



Astria Suparak, Juror for the 2015 Juried Visual Art Exhibition, has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally. She was previously the director and curator of Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery, where she curated The Yes Men's first solo exhibition, Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan CollectionsRituals, and Obsessions, and the nationally touring Alien She, among other exhibitions. www.astriasuparak.com

The Juried Visual Art Exhibition is free and open to the public during the festival (June 5-14, 2015), from Noon to 8:00pm in the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, 4th Floor, downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is unlike any other in the nation, recently being nominated by USA Today.com for being the Best Art Festival in the nation. 

This year, the Artist Market, Juried Art Exhibition, and Festival Special Projects will draw from a unique Festival theme of UNSEEN/UNHEARD. This theme speaks to the idea of the exploration and vocalization of narratives that are not heard, or are marginalized. Topics related to the theme may include and are not limited to historical and colonial narratives never heard before, social justice issues, homelessness, or mental illness.  The theme is also inherently geared towards emerging artists and the artistic possibilities involved in UNSEEN/UNHEARD are endless.



About The Juried Visual Art Exhibition
This is the first year in nearly two decades that the exhibition, founded in 1962, opened its applications to artists living outside of the Pittsburgh region. The expanded call resulted in 500 entries from 39 states and from as far as Tehran. This is also the first time in several years the entire festival has an overarching framework: Unseen/Unheard. Under this motif, artists who had never exhibited at TRAF were encouraged to apply, and artworks that explored unheard narratives or brought into greater visibility individuals, cultures and social issues were welcomed.  From this great pool of entries, 36 works by 28 artists were selected through a blind jury process, with the artists' identities undisclosed and regardless of resume or career level.


From painting and sculpture, to fiber work and carved wood furniture, to relational aesthetics and digital landscapes, the projects on view run a gamut of contemporary art and craft. Astria Suparak served as the 2015 JVAE Juror and the exhibition was designed by Carin Mincemoyer, JVAE Exhibition Coordinator. 
2015 JVAE Artists: Susan Baus, Thomas Bigatel, Jacob Brown, David Burke, Cynthia Cable, Carolyn Carson, Zhiwan Cheung, Lawrence Cwik, Steve Gurysh, Faraz Habiballahian, Lindsey Hayakawa, Anna Kell, Colleen Kelsey, Saberah Malik, Julie Mallis, Matthias Neumann, Quoctrung Nguyen, Meghan Olson, Keunho Peter Park, Rachel Rampleman, Melissa Riggatire, Robert Sholties, Bill Snyder, Gerri Spilka, Ivette Spradlin and Athena Frances Harden, Julian Stropes, Ronald Wasiluk and Shawn Watrous. 

People's Choice Award - Voting Open to the Public
The Juried Visual Art Exhibition provides the public with an opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork on display during this year's festival.  The ˜People's Choice' award vote can be done on-site using the convenient tablets and by smartphone or online at TrustArts.org/voteTRAF. The ˜People's Choice' award-winning artist will receive a cash prize as well as the opportunity to show new work at the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.



The multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and is open to the public. Attracting over 400,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in 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 world-renowned Cultural District. 

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is made possible by the generous support of Peoples Natural Gas (Artist Market Presenter), Giant Eagle (Creativity Zone Presenter); Foundation Partners including The Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Buhl Foundation, Calgon Carbon Corporation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Colcom Foundation, FISA Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Laurel Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation.  Festival Supporters include Calgon Carbon and Sensodyne. 

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is also supported by several festival and media partners, all of who can be found on the current supporter's page at TrustArts.org/TRAF.
For up to date information and a full schedule (including locations, dates and times) for the festival, visit www.TrustArts.org/TRAF

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public! The Festival begins on the first Friday in 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 world-renowned Cultural District.

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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