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Guys & Dolls:  A Showcase of Talent at PPT
By Good News Reporter, Megan Grabowski

When Pittsburgh Public Theater (PPT) produces a musical you are sure to be wowed.  This season, the American classic, Guys & Dolls will not disappoint.  An audience pleaser all around, Guys & Dolls is entertaining for both the musical maven as well as any theater novice.  Producing artistic director, the esteemed Ted Pappas, has covered all the bases to assure this performance is nothing less than stellar. Guys & Dolls is a must see.

One of America's most beloved musicals, Guys & Dolls takes place in mid-century bustling New York City.  Small time gambler Nathan Detroit (Joel Hurt Jones) is scrambling  to find a location for the next floating crap game, while dodging Lt. Brannigan (Tony Bingham) and  Miss Adelaide, (Kirsten Wyatt) leading performer at the Hot Box night club and his fiancГe of fourteen years.   With help from fellow hoodlums Nicely, Nicely Johnson (Quinn Patrick Shannon), Rusty Charlie (Joe Jackson) and Benny Southstreet (Gavan Pamer), Detroit attempts to arrange the game at the Biltmore Garage.  Owner Joey Biltmore (Daniel Krell) wants a $1000.00 deposit before he agrees and Detroit is broke.   He decides to earn the $1000.00 by making a wager with Sky Masterson (Charlie Brady) a man who will bet on anything. Detroit bets Masterson that he can't convince the beautiful and pious, Sarah Brown, Sergeant of Save- a- Soul Mission, to take a trip with him to Havana, Cuba.  Masterson, accepts the challenge. What follows is a quest for love and redemption depicted through an award winning score and clever choreography.
 
Charlie Brady and Doreen Burns

The four leading roles, Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide boast notable credits ranging from live theater,  film and television, national as well as local theater.  The leading ladies are exactly what you would expect from a PPT production, refined and skilled in their craft.  Burn's operatic vocal range is resounding and at times nearly drowns out her male counterparts.  Kudos to Wyatt whose New York accent is on spot. She manages to maintain it throughout the entire performance, something I have witnessed many talented men and women struggle with on stage.   Masterson, a ladies' man, can schmooze a woman and roll a set of dice, sing and dance too.  His rendition of Luck Be a Lady was a highlight of the show but my heart melted listening to Miss Adelaide and Nathan Detroit sing the duet, Sue Me , it was sweet and harmonic.
Although there isn't one single cast member who disappoints, the supporting cast and ensemble are especially brilliant. The beautiful Hot Box girls, as Farmerettes, in A Bushel and a Peck , are just the right amount of risquГ.  Sarah's grandfather, Arvide Abernathy (Larry John Meyers) sings More I Cannot Wish You , a sentimental tune that warms the heart and Nicely, Nicely Johnson and the ensemble receive a roar of applause after Sit Down, Your Rockin' the Boat . 


  The O'Reilly Theater has a mid-sized stage and the choreography is tailored to the space.  Personally, when I see a strong male cast I look forward to powerful leaps and turns.  The dancing in Guys and Dolls doesn't lack these attributes but there were moments when I expected  larger.  The dancing was most engaging during Havana and The Crapshooters Dance . 

Guys & Dolls boasts bright and cheery costumes, an uplifting musical score, energetic dancing and engaging acting.  The show runs through February 28 at The O'Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. 

  For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/44232/guys-and-dolls

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski
Income Maintance Caseworker at State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast. 

 

Publish Date: 02-11-2016 13:11:00
 


Wilkommen to "CABARET" AT THE BENEDUM CENTER

An unbiased review by Mr. and Mrs. CardiologyGood News Review by Dr. Santosh and Mrs. Sunita Pandit



The air was electric as we waited for the show to begin!  This was the first time in our simple career of attending shows in the Cultural District that we really noticed the audience's feel of anticipation and awe of what was to come.  My husband,Dr. Santosh Pandit or Mr. Cardiology, as
he has been dubbed, got busy right away using the opera glasses to watch the unusual activity on the stage. There were actors limbering up and actually doing cartwheels and splits! I can understand his curiosity because the gals on stage looked from our seats in row Q as though they were wearing nothing!  They were all wearing skimpy clothing in flesh colors I noticed the stage had a second story where it was filled from end to end with musicians or were they the actors ohhhh they were doing both!



The swell of the audience's energy climaxed as the lights dimmed.  The lead, Emcee Randy Harrison came out from behind a door and started to sing.  Oh but I could not understand his words. I wanted to adjust the acoustics so that I could lower the music and hear him clearly.  It was worse for my husband as he does not understand French!  But to my delight, the loud music became a minor detraction as the actors outdid themselves in producing their heart felt performances.



Pittsburgh is in for a real treat with this rendition of Cabaret.  For those like Mr. Cardiology who did not grow up in America do a little reading so you can follow the story better and that way you can concentrate on appreciating the performances.  Well worth more than the price of the tickets My favorite was Fraulein Schneider Shannon Cochran singing ˜So What' with Sally Andrea Goss singing ˜Don't Tell Mama' a close second!  Randy Harrison as the Emcee was actually like a band leader in his ability to keep the energy level at peak for the entire performance made me think everyone else was making sure they kept up! BRAVO!

To all the cast and crew my Hats Off to YOU! Congratulations and Thank You for coming to Pittsburgh and allowing us to ˜Get Away' from our daily routine


MrsCardiology Sunita S. Pandit

Sunita Pandit, host of Mrs. Cardiology which is an anchor podcast at http://pplmag.com is also the practice manager for her husband Santosh Pandit's private cardiology practice in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, she is also the Health Director on the Board of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh. Dr. Santosh Pandit is a private practice cardiologist in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

 

Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:35:00
 










ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR NATIONAL TOUR OF
CABARET
RANDY HARRISON AND ANDREA GOSS LEAD A CAST OF 22
TOUR LAUNCHES IN PROVIDENCE, RI ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 26
CABARET ARRIVES IN PITTSBURGH
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016 | BENEDUM CENTER
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Pittsburgh, PA” The musical masterpiece returns, direct from Broadway! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to announce casting for the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Pittsburgh native Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARETRandy Harrison, best known for his portrayal of Justin in the Showtime Andrea Goss, a veteran of Roundabout's CABARET on Broadway will return to the role of Sally Bowles when the tour premieres in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center with performances beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26. Joining them are Shannon Cochran (August: Osage County) as Fraulein Schneider, Alison Ewing (Cabaret/Broadway,) as Fraulein Kost, Mark Nelson (Picasso at the Lapin Agile) as Herr Schultz, Ned Noyes (You Can't Take It With You) as Ernst Ludwig and Lee Aaron Rosen (The Normal Heart) as Clifford Bradshaw.
drama Queer as Folk, will step into the role of the Emcee while 
The cast will also include Kelsey Beckert (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Sarah Bishop (42ndStreet), Margaret Dudasik (Chautauqua!), Hillary Ekwall (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Lori Eure (Cabaret/Broadway), Aisling Halpin (Peter and the Starcatcher), Leeds Hill(Cabaret/Broadway), Andrew Hubacher (Cabaret/Broadway), Joey Khoury (Altar Boyz), Tommy McDowell (American Idiot), Evan D. Siegel (Cabaret/Broadway), Dani Spieler (Legally Blonde),Steven Wenslawski (Spamalot), John Little ( My Fair Lady) and Lucy Sorlucco (The Phantom of the Opera).


John KanderFred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including Cabaret, Willkommen and Maybe This Time.  CABARET is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowdand to leave their troubles outside.
The creative team for the North American tour includes original direction by Sam Mendes, original co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall. Tour direction is recreated by BT McNicholl (Spamalot), tour choreography recreated by Cynthia Onrubia (Victor/Victoria), set design by Robert Brill (Assassins), costume design by William Ivey Long (Chicago), lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer (Ragtime) and Mike Baldassari (Nine ), sound design by Keith Caggiano (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) based on the Original Broadway design by Brian Ronan with hair and wig design by Paul HuntleyCABARET features orchestrations by Michael Gibson (The Boy From Oz), music supervision & vocal arrangements by Patrick Vaccariello (On Your Feet) and music direction by Robert Cookman (Legally Blonde). CABARET is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.
In Pittsburgh, PA, the national touring production of CABARET, will be presented as part of the 2015-16 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, coming to the Benedum Center, February 2-7, 2016.  Performances will take place Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for CABARET are $26-$72 and can be purchased at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, and online at TrustArts.org/Broadway.  To charge tickets by phone, call (412) 456-4800, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from Noon 4:00 p.m.  Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (412) 471-6930.

Cabaret Tour Andrea Goss Kit Kat Girls Gayle Rankin Kaleigh Cronin Kristin Olness Jessica Pariseau Kelly Paredes Stacey Sipowicz

For more information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, please call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org.  The PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America.
Following the run in Providence, the tour will continue on to more than 20 cities during its first season including:
Providence, RI
Providence Performing Arts Center
January 26 January 31, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
February 2 February 7, 2016
Chicago, IL
The PrivateBank Theatre
February 9 February 21, 2016
Milwaukee, WI
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
February 23 February 28, 2016
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Civic Center
March 1 March 6, 2016
Louisville, KY
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
March 8 March 13, 2016
Greenville, SC
Peace Center
March 15 March 20, 2016
Houston, TX
The Hobby Center
March 22 March 27, 2016
Austin, TX
Bass Concert Hall
March 29 April 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA
The Saenger Theatre
April 5 April 10, 2016
Miami, FL
Adrienne Arsht Center
April 12 April 17, 2016
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
April 19 April 24, 2016
Baltimore, MD
The Hippodrome Theatre
April 26 May 1, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
The Aronoff Center
May 10 May 22, 2016
Dallas, TX
AT&T Performing Arts Center
May 25 June 5, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
June 14 June 19, 2016
San Francisco, CA
The Golden Gate
June 21 July 17, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
July 19 August 7, 2016
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
August 9 August 21, 2016
Charlotte, NC
Belk Theatre
November 8 November 13, 2016


Additional cities through the summer of 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.CabaretMusical.com
Roundabout Theatre Company's acclaimed production of CABARET first opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998 starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson and won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Cabaret went on to play on Broadway for six years and 2,378 performances before finishing its run on January 4, 2004. CABARET returned to Broadway and the infamous Studio 54 with performances beginning March 21, 2014 with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee. The production featured Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller in the role of Sally Bowles and played 423 performances through March 29, 2015.
CABARET premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in addition to the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Outer Critics' Circle Award, the Variety Poll of New York Critics, and London's Evening Standard Award.  The original Broadway production played 1,166 performances.
ROUNDABOUT ON TOUR:Roundabout Theatre Company was most recently represented across the country with the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning national tour of Anything Goes starring Rachel York which toured for 48 weeks. Before that, Twelve Angry Men toured for 2 years, spending 63 weeks across the United States and Canada. Roundabout's longest-running musical, the revival ofCabaret, received a multi-year tour across the country beginning in 1999. In 2011, Roundabout Theatre Company's acclaimed work reached a worldwide cinema audience with the HD capture and broadcast of their Tony nominated production of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Brian Bedford.


Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th Anniversary Season celebrates the company's numerous accomplishments and vision for the future with bold new productions of classic plays, a revival of the Roundabout's first musical, and new work by some of the country's most exciting young talent. Founded in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted Chelsea supermarket basement to become one of the nation's most influential not-for-profit theatre companies, as well as one of New York City's leading cultural institutions. Roundabout has been recognized with 29 Tonys, 41 Drama Desks, 50 Outer Critics Circle, 10 Obie and 15 Lucille Lortel Awards for its work on five stages, reaching more than 700,000 theatergoers and employing hundreds of artists each year. Bank of America is a proud 50th Anniversary Season sponsor a partnership that makes possible Roundabout's many productions and not-for-profit initiatives during this landmark year.
CAST BIOS:
RANDY HARRISON (Emcee) Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Harbor (Primary Stages), The Singing Forest (Public Theatre/ NYSF), Antony and Cleopatra (TFANA), Edward the Second (Red Bull). Regional credits include: The Glass Menagerie (The Guthrie), Pop! (Yale Rep), Red (George Street and Cleveland Playhouse), The Habit of Art (Studio Theatre, DC), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theater, DC), Amadeus (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara), The Who's Tommy, Waiting for Godot and Ghosts (Berkshire Theatre Group). Founding Member: Qwan Company. TV: Mr. Robot ,Queer as Folk (5 seasons). Film credits include: Bang Bang You're Dead, Such Good People, Gayby. @RandyHarrison01
ANDREA GOSS (Sally Bowles). Broadway: CabaretOnceRent.  Regional: Zorro (Alliance Theatre),A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage), Striking 12 (TUTS), A Christmas Carol (McCarter),Tarzan (North Shore), Venice (Center Theatre Group/KC Rep), High School Musical (St. Louis MUNY), The Sound of Music and Big River (Syracuse Stage). Readings: Zapata, K-PopLittle Did I KnowCasanova ReturnsFreckle-Face Strawberry.  Film: Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.  Thanks and love to my incredible family and CGF.
SHANNON COCHRAN (Fraulein Schneider). Off-Broadway (and London's Gate Theatre)- Bug,(Obie, Drama World Awards). National tour- Barbara in August: Osage County (Helen Hayes nomination). Recent regional- Regina in The Little Foxes Goodman Theatre, Dance of Death Writers' Theatre (Joseph Jefferson Award). Film: The RingStar Trek: Nemesis.
ALISON EWING (Fraulein Kost, Fritzie; u/s Sally) is honored to be in this beautiful production after playing Lulu in the 1998 Broadway, 1st National and Paris productions. Other Favorites: Mamma Mia!-Broadway, Vegas & National Tour (Tanya), Flashdance-National Tour (Tess), Ain't Nothin' But The Blues-Theatreworks, Sweet Charity-Center Rep. Love to Keith.
MARK NELSON (Herr Schultz). NY: Ten Broadway shows; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Obie Award);My Name Is Asher Lev; Sam Mendes' The Bridge Project; The Invention of Love; Roundabout Theater's Three Sisters and After the Fall. TV: The Good Wife, Unforgettable. Faculty, Princeton University.
NED NOYES (Ernst Ludwig). Broadway: You Can't Take It With You; Off-Broadway: The New MoralitySo Help Me God!Love Goes to Press (Mint); Regional: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespeare NJ, Geva.  TV: Boardwalk Empire , Alpha House .  Training: Northwestern University.
LEE AARON ROSEN (Clifford Bradshaw). Broadway: The Big Knife (Roundabout), The Normal Heart.  Off-Broadway: Indian Ink (Roundabout), Gabriel (Atlantic), The Lady From Dubuque(Signature). Regional: Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown, and many others.  TV: Limitless, The Good Wife, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Damages, Person of Interest, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Film: Saving Private Ryan, Company K, Sidewalk Traffic. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.
KELSEY BECKERT (Female Partial Swing). National Tour: Seven Brides (Liza, Milly u/s). Regional:Oklahoma! (Laurey u/s), Do Black Reflect Up? (Nancy). Dedicated to family, friends, teachers, casting, and Eddie at Take 3 who have helped make this dream come true. Montclair State University BFA. www.kelseybeckert.com
SARAH BISHOP (Helga). Touring debut!  Regional: 42nd Street at Pittsburgh CLO. Other roles include: Legally Blonde (Elle), Singin' In the Rain (Lina) and The Sound of Music (Maria). CCM grad. Thank you to Mom, Dad, family, friends and Harden Curtis! www.sarahbishop.net
MARGARET DUDASIK (Texas). Off B'way: Chautauqua! (The Public). Regional: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (The MUNY), Ring of Fire (Gretna Theatre). Joshua Bell stand-in for PBS Live From Lincoln Center's One Singular Sensation! Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch. Proud Pace University MT'13.  Thank you to this dream creative team, Jim Carnahan Casting, and Avalon Artists. Mom and Dad, this is only possible because of you. Hey boo! www.margaretdudasik.com
HILLARY EKWALL (Rosie) is overjoyed to make her Roundabout debut.  Nat'l Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Boo Who). Regional: Grease (Patty Simcox) at North Shore, Les Miz(Eponine u/s), Spelling Bee (Schwarzy).  Endless gratitude to the Cabaret Team and Carnahan Casting for making this dream come true and to my family and friends for their constant support and love. www.hillaryekwall.com
LORI EURE (Female Partial Swing; u/s Kost), originally from North Carolina, is thrilled to come full circle returning to this incredible production. Broadway: Cabaret (98 revival ) Sally Bowles cover/Swing. National tour: 1st National tour Cabaret The Buddy Holly Story. Favorite Regional Theatre: Women of WoodstockRing of Fire,The Buddy Holly Story, Wonderland, We Will Rock You(Las Vegas Cast), Footloose, Beehive at The Kennedy Center. TV credits include: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Spin City and LI Divas (web series). Lori gives much thanks and love to her family and friends.
AISLING HALPIN (Frenchie, Gorilla) is so excited to be a part of this show! National Tours: Peter and the StarcatcherA Chorus Line, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Thanks to her family, friends, and Team Boals for all of their support. BFA Syracuse University. Aislinghalpin.com @AaaislingHalpin
LEEDS HILL (Bobby; u/s Emcee; Dance Captain). Broadway: Cabaret. He understudied Alan Cumming and played The Emcee on Broadway 7 times. Leeds performed in all consecutive 423 performances, being the only cast member to not miss a show in the entire Broadway run. National Tours: Mary Poppins (Neleus). www.leedshill.com Instagram: @leedshill. Twitter: @leedshill.
ANDREW HUBACHER (Victor). Cabaret (Milwaukee Repertory) Camelot (Goodspeed) Crazy For You (Riverside Theatre) Music Man and Jesus Christ Superstar (Kansas City Starlight). Thanks to mom and dad for getting this kid a trombone when he asked for a saxophone. Soli Deo Gloria.
JOEY KHOURY (Male Partial Swing). Originally from Kaysville, Utah. Studied music and theatre at Weber State University. New York: Altar BoyzRadio City Christmas Spectacular, National Tours:Altar Boyz (First National), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Arena Tour). Regional: Pirates of Penzance (Frederick), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Little Shop Of Horrors (Seymore). Love to Mom & Dad.
TOMMY McDOWELL (Herman, Customs Official, Max; u/s Cliff). Tours: American Idiot [1st National] (Swing), A Year With Frog & Toad (Snail); NYC: Urinetown, Hudson Guild Theatre (Bobby Strong); Regional: Duck Commander Musical (Jase, Willie u/s), Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr.),Hairspray (Link), The Who's Tommy (Tommy), Joseph (Ruben).  www.tommymcdowell.com   @tommy_mcdowell
EVAN D. SIEGEL (Hans, Rudy; u/s Ernst). Broadway: Cabaret; Off-Broadway: Zorba (Encores! w/John Turturro); Regional favorites: All Shook UpBrigadoon, Full Monty, The Great Gatsby; TV/Film: Law & Order,  War Dead.  Harvard BA Magna cum Laude”linguistics. Thanks to family, friends, Danielle, and especially his parents. www.evandsiegel.com
DANI SPIELER (Lulu; u/s Sally, Kost). B'way/Nat'l Tours:  ChicagoLegally BlondeElfWest Side StoryFlashdance. Film/Hulu:  Are You Joking?That's What She SaidThe Battery's Down. Pre-B'way:  Nerds. Regional:  Paper Mill, TUTS, Goodspeed. BFA:  UMich. Thanks:  Mom, Dad, Cory, family, friends, 44WEST, Cabaret team. www.TheBatteryCo.com
STEVEN WENSLAWSKI (Male Partial Swing). National tours: SpamalotThoroughly Modern Millie,Fosse, Tommy Tune's Dr. Dolittle. Regional: Kennedy Center, Dallas Theater Center, Theater Under the Stars, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore Music Theater, Human Race Theater Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, and others. Love to Family!
JOHN LITTLE (Herr Schultz u/s) Off-Broadway: HamletPoetic LicenseChristopher Columbus. Tours:  Cabaret (Asia), Crazy for You (Europe), Scrooge (US).  Regional:  My Fair Lady (Pittsburgh Public), Major Barbara (Yale Rep), Annie (Pioneer Theatre), Glimmerglass (Goodspeed), Pygmalion(Syracuse Stage), Noises Off (Portland Stage), Amadeus (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ).
LUCY SORLUCCO (Fraulein Schneider Understudy). Tours: Cabaret (Schneider), Phantom of the Opera (Giry).  Regional: Cabaret (WBT, Foothills, Ogunquit), Miracle on 34th Street (WBT).  Off-Broadway: Evergreen (Prospect Theater).  NY: FACT, Abingdon, GFL, Downtown Music.  Love to BT, Mom, Stuart & Geoffrey!
CREATIVE BIOS:
JOE MASTEROFF (Book). Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four-year stint in the Air Force, he came to New York to face his future: book-writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book writer. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.
JOHN KANDER (Music) & FRED EBB (Lyrics). The Kander and Ebb collaboration of four decades created many Broadway standards and contemporary classics. There first collaborations My Coloring Book became a hit song for Barbra Streisand, earning John and Fred a Grammy nomination.  Kander & Ebb's first Broadway show in 1965 Flora, the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott and introducing a rising new star: Liza Minnelli. Followed byCabaret (Tony Award music and lyrics); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony Award music and lyrics); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award music and lyrics); and Steel Pier.  Along with movies and television writing original material for the Academy Awards; Liza With a Z and HBO's Liza Minnelli's Steppin' Out (both Emmy winners); Baryshnikov on Broadway ; Goldie and Liza Together ; Funny Lady; Lucky Lady, New York, New York; Steppin'Out; and Chicago the movie. In 1985 the song New York, New York became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of Mr. Ebb's death in 2004, Kander & Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion, Tony-nominated Curtains, in 2007; 12-time Tony-nominated The Scottsboro Boys, in 2010; All About Us (an adaptation of The Skin of our Teeth); and The Visit, premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago then the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA and nominated for 5 Tony's including best score in 2015 all starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce The Landing and Kid Victorydeputed at the Signature Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre.
SAM MENDES (Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for ten years. He has directed many productions at the Donmar, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He founded the transatlantic theatre company The Bridge Project, for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In London currently:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In addition he has directed several movies, including the Academy Award-winning American Beauty and the James Bond movies, Skyfall & Spectre. He has won many awards for his work on stage and screen, including the Tony, the Olivier, the Directors Guild Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. He was awarded the CBE in 2000 and the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
ROB MARSHALL (Co-Director, Choreographer).  Broadway: Cabaret, Little Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, A Funny ThingForum, and Company.  For his stage work Marshall has earned 6 Tony nominations, the Outer Critics Award, the Jason Robards Award and the George Abbott Award.  FILM:  Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into The Woods. Marshall's films have been nominated for 26 Academy Awards and have won 9, including Best Picture. For his film work he has received the DGA Award, Oscar nom., National Board of Review Award, NY Film Critics Award, 3 Golden Globe noms., BAFTA nom. and American Choreography Award. TV: Tony Bennett: An American Classic, Annie, Cinderella, Mrs. Santa Claus.  For his TV work Marshall has received 4 Emmy Awards, the DGA Award, and the American Choreography Award.
BT McNICHOLL (Director) won the Australian Tony (the Helpmann) for Best Direction (along with Messrs. Mendes and Marshall) for Cabaret, which he also staged in record-setting runs in Paris and Madrid.  McNicholl was the protГgГ of the legendary Mike Nichols, and has been associated with directors Stephen Daldry, James Lapine, David Hare and Jerry Zaks on 12 Broadway shows.  He directed Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, the European premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks, and the regional premiere of Billy Elliot (Moss Hart Award).  A BMI-Award winning lyricist, his credits include the critically-acclaimed musical The It Girl.
CYNTHIA ONRUBIA (Choreographer) has worked on numerous productions for; The Kennedy Center HonorsCarnegie HallCity Centers' Encores and the original Broadway productions of:Dame Edna: The Royal Tour (League of Producers Award nomination for Best Choreography),Cabaret (2003 Sir Robert Helpmann Award for Best Choreography, Australia), Little Me,Victor/VictoriaDamn YankeesThe Goodbye GirlMetroJerome Robbins' BroadwaySong And DanceCats, Gotta Go Disco, Dancin'A Chorus Line. Film choreography: Labor DayAway We Go,Revolutionary RoadDefinitely MaybeConnie And CarlaBig FishAnalyze ThatChicago (2003 American Choreography Award ), Center StageThe Cradle Will Rock. She received the 1994 American Theatre Roundtable Award for Outstanding Career Performances.
PATRICK VACCARIELLO (Musical Supervisor). Patrick has just returned from an Arena tour throughout Australia Music Directing Hugh Jackman. He has supervised and conducted the most recent Tony Awards (2014 and 2015).  He is currently the Music Coordinator for the new Broadway musical, On Your Feet . Broadway: Music director/arranger for Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy (both Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters), La Cage aux Folles, The Boy From Oz, Cabaret, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, Victor/Victoria, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Take Me Along. West End: A Chorus Line. Worldwide: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Patrick has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony and conducted at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, City Center, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Great Hall of the People (Beijing). A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Patrick received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
ROBERT BRILL (Set Design). Broadway: Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Assassins (Tony nom.),Buried Child, Guys and Dolls (Tony nom.), Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, Laugh Whore, The Story of My Life, The Good Body, Anna in the Tropics, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Rehearsal. Other credits include the Flaming Lips' musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two, Moby-Dick (Dallas Opera), Faust (Met/ENO),Sinatra (Radio City), On the Record (Disney), An American in Paris (Boston Ballet), A Clockwork Orange (Steppenwolf) and The Laramie Project (BAM and others). Founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre and recipient of the Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG (Costume Design). Select Broadway credits include Chicago (now in its 19th year); Rodgers+ Hammerstein's Cinderella, Grey Gardens, The Producers, Hairspray, Cabaret(1998 and 2014), Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. Mr. Long has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, winning 6 times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame- 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012. www.williamiveylong.com
PEGGY EISENHAUER (Lighting Design) designs concurrently for Broadway, film and the music industry, most notably with design partner, Jules Fisher.  Broadway design highlights includeRagtime, Jane Eyre, Noise/Funk, Assassins and Victor Victoria. Music industry highlights include Tracy Chapman; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Whitney Houston; and Neil Young. Film designs includeChicagoSchool of RockDreamgirls, and Beauty and the Beast. She is the recipient of three Tony awards and eight nominations.
MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design). Tony and multiple Emmy nominated designer whose live productions have been seen in 25+ countries.  Films: Ghostbusters (2016), NineRock of Ages,Joyful NoiseSex and the City 2Neil Young Trunk Show. Broadway: Cabaret, First Date, Holler If Ya Hear Me. European: Beauty and the Beast.  Family entertainment: Yo Gabba Gabba. Production Designer: Alice in Chains, co-designed Neil Young's Chrome Dreams.  Select Television:   (RED) Concert/Broadcast from Times Square with: U2, Bruce Springsteen; U2's Top of the Rock; SNL's digital shorts; Mary J. Blige; Tim McGraw;  Sam Smith; Garth Brooks Live From Central Park.  www.mike-o-matic.com
KEITH CAGGIANO (Sound Design) has worked across the country and internationally, from musicals on Broadway and London's West End to spectacles in Vegas and Australia. Select credits include: (Broadway / Off-Broadway) The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Cabaret, Disenchanted, Bare; (National Tours) Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes; (Regional) Big River, Guys and Dolls, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Little Shop of Horrors.
MICHAEL GIBSON (Orchestrations). Broadway: The Boy From Oz; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Cabaret (revival, Tony Award nomination); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revival); Steel Pier(Tony Award nomination); Anything Goes; My One and Only (Drama Desk Award); The Rink; Woman of the Year; Over Here; Meet Me in St. Louis; Peter Pan (revival). Also orchestrated for Radio City and Ringling Bros. Circus and for such stars as Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey and Chita Rivera. Film/TV: Grease, Roseland, Still of the Night, Kennedy Center Honors, Miss America Pageant, Super Bowl, Tony Awards.
ROBERT COOKMAN (Music Director) recently toured with the band Bright Light Bright Light opening for Elton John. New York sub credits include Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show. MD tours include: Come Fly Away (1st National), Legally Blonde,Mamma Mia! (AMD), Movin' OutSwing!, and Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel.  Love to Des and Olivia.
PAUL HUNTLEY (Hair & Wig Design) London-born Paul Huntley has worked hundreds of Broadway shows, most memorably the original productions of CatsAmadeus, EvitaThe Producers, Sweeney Todd, and Hairspray. A recipient of the Drama Desk and Tony awards, he has also worked with the most legendary leading ladies of the cinema, ranging from Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich to Jane Fonda and Scarlett Johansson. Current shows include Fun Home andNoises Off.
Follow ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY on Twitter: RTC-NYC and on Facebook.
Follow CABARET on Twitter: Cabaret_Musical and on Facebook: CabarettheMusical.
Know The Show Before You Go
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-show talkone-hour before the show starts, at the Trust Arts Education Center, located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh-Cultural District. Know the Show Before You Go is hosted by Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV.  This program allows patrons to gain deeper insight on each production that graces the Pittsburgh stage this Broadway season.  For more information and complete schedule of upcoming Know The Show Before You Go programs during the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, please visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowtheShow.


Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, under the supervision of John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar QuartetHairspray andThe Producers. For more information, visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andwww.Broadway.com.
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 landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:33:00
 





Contact Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
412.316.8200 ext. 707 or mromero@ppt.org
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
Guys & Dolls
Ted Pappas directs and choreographs the Great American Musical.
PITTSBURGH (January 11, 2016) Brimming with song & dance, comedy & romance, gamblers & chorus girls, the unforgettable Guys &  Dolls starts the year at Pittsburgh Public TheaterTed Pappas directs and choreographs the Great American Musical running January 28 February 28, 2016 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Guys & Dolls is presented by Highmark.
With music & lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows, and based on the stories of Damon RunyonPittsburgh Public Theater's production includes a cast of 21 and a live orchestra led by Music Director F. Wade Russo (My Fair Lady). The amazing score includes If I Were a Bell, I've Never Been in Love Before, Take Back Your Mink, Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, Marry the Man Today, and many more incomparable songs.
Guys & Dolls is set in 1950 New York City and Havana. Nathan Detroit (Joel Hurt
Charlie Brady
Jones
) bets bigtime gambler Sky Masterson (CMU graduate Charlie Brady) that he can't get the Save-A-Soul Mission's Sarah Brown (Kimberly Doreen Burns who starred in Camelot andMy Fair Lady) to go on a date with him. Nathan is also the ringleader of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York, which he hides from his girlfriend of 14 years, Hotbox Nightclub star Miss Adelaide (Clarksburg, WV native and Broadway veteranKirsten Wyatt).
Other featured players are Quinn Patrick Shannon as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Gavan Pamer as Benny Southstreet, Sharon Schaller as General Cartwright, Joe Jackson as
Kirsten Wyatt
Rusty Charlie, and Larry John Meyers as Arvide Abernathy. In addition the incredible cast includesTony BinghamStephen DagrosaJerry GallagherMichael GreerDaina Michelle GriffithAshton GuthrieDaniel KrellStephanie MaloneyMara NewberyJ. Alex NobleMichael Sullivan, and Andrea Weinzierl.
The designers for Guys & Dolls are Michael Schweikardt (Scenic), Martha Bromelmeier (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Orchestrations are by Dan DeLange and Casting is by Cindi Rush CastingCarol Schuberg is the Associate Choreographer. Ruth E. Kramer is the Production Stage Manager and Phill Madore is the Assistant Stage Manager.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
Guys & Dolls
January 28 February 28, 2016
Performance Schedule
Tuesdays at 7 pm. Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm.
Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 6). Also 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 28 when the final performance is at 2 pm).
Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 4. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 5.
Ticket prices: $30 - $65. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.


For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

 

Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:17:00
 




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Media Contacts
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org

Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press Room
Search: musicSPACE Spring 2016

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
musicSPACE SPRING 2016
SPACE | 812 LIBERTY AVENUE | FEBRUARY 26 & MARCH 25
Pittsburgh, PA” Do you love the sound of delicate vocal harmonies soaring over various instruments and soulful beats? Do the rhythms of thumping indie, folk, punk and pop get your toes tapping or your body moving?  If you answered yes to the previous questions, plan to attend two upcoming musical events. The Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh plays host to its ever-popular musicSPACE concert series on Friday, February 26, 2016 and Friday, March 25, 2016. This exciting two-night program will encompass a fusion of indie folk, rock, pop, western, new-bluegrass and alternative country. The Hills and The Rivers' lead vocalist, Isaac Hill, describes their set as A spiritually edifying, emotionally fulfilling and physically invigorating good time! If you're tired of winter's frigid wrath, cure some of those winter blues with innovative music and showcased art sure to warm you right up!
The show takes place at SPACE, one of the city's most unique visual arts galleries. Tickets are $5 at the door, and doors open at 8 p.m., with music beginning at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the artists. Free, limited refreshments are available.
MusicSPACE is organized by Wood Street Galleries Curatorial Assistant Amy Staggs.
Schedule
February 26 | The Armadillos and The Hills and The Rivers
March 25 | The Emily Rodgers Band and Chet Vincent & The Big Bend

Artist Biographies
All hailing from Butler, Pennsylvania, The Armadillos began with three guys: Austin Vanasdale, Matt Rychorcewicz, and Eric Rodgers. The group started experimenting with acoustic instruments and songs they'd heard on old-time records in 2007. After relocating to Pittsburgh, The Armadillos worked to develop an original, upbeat sound built on Appalachian and old-time roots. Upright bass was added to the mix, with the help of bassist Chuck Shreve, and Sheila Liming lent accordion and female vocals. The group released their first, self-titled album in 2010. Since then, they have opened shows with touring acts: The Two Man Gentleman Band, O'Death, and Shotgun Party. The Armadillos added bassist Josh Dukes to their lineup in 2011, and in December of that year, were voted Best Alt-Country/Alt-Folk Band by Pittsburgh City Paper readers, and featured in the City Paper's annual Best of Pittsburgh issue.


The Hills and The Rivers is a Pittsburgh-based folk band centered around the Hill siblings and a fluid yet stable collective of musicians. They blend the gritty sounds of the street with sophisticated lyrics and delicate harmonies while finding a balance between indie, folk, punk and pop. Their releases include: Split with Cousin Boneless & Black Bear Mute (June 2014) and The World (September 2014).
Artist website: http://thehillsandtherivers.bandcamp.com/


A native of northern Indiana, Emily Rodgers began writing music in 2003 amidst a move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she now resides. In 2008, Rodgers signed to Misra Records; that same year, she performed at the SXSW Music Festival. Rodgers has shared stages with artists including: Magnolia Electric Company, Great Lake Swimmers, Nina Nastasia, Thalia Zedek Band, Hayden, Horse Feathers and Jolie Holland.

Artist website: http://www.emilyrodgers.com/





Pittsburgh rock band, Chet Vincent & the Big Bend combines the raw electric energy of heavy blues and modern indie/alt. rock with haunting and sometimes heartwarming songwriting in the spirit of the American folk tradition. The band has self-produced, recorded and mixed their debut album Unconventional Dog .

Artist website: http://thebigbend.net/


SPACE
SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

 

Publish Date: 02-06-2016 13:45:00
 






For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

FIDDLESTICKS FAMILY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY MACY'S INVITES FAMILIES TO DANCE!
PITTSBURGH The 2015-2016 season of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy's continues with a toe-tapping celebration of dance on Saturday, February 6 at 11:15 a.m. at Heinz Hall.
Music and dance go hand-in-hand, and this concert will make you twist, stomp and spin! You won't be able to keep your feet from moving as Fiddlesticks and dancers from Attack Theatre join with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to move to music from Piazzola's Tango and Prokofiev's Cinderella, along with many others. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes to this one!
The series' conductor, Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, joins Fiddlesticks, the orchestra's feline musical ambassador to children, on stage along with vocalist Katy Shackleton Williams and dancers from Attack Theatre.
Ticket holders are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concert. These educational activities allow young audiences and their families to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various musical activities. Discovery Time Adventures for the Dance! program will include a sing-along room, music makers room, dance room, eurhythmics room, craft room and musical ambassadors from the orchestra.
Discovery Time Adventures will begin at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $12 to $22.25, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank Macy's for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians. Pittsburgh Symphony Education & Community Engagement programs are also supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.


About the Artists
American conductor FRANCESCO LECCE-CHONG has worked with orchestras around the world including engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. With the start of the 2015-2016 season, he begins his new position as assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after serving four years as associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO). He will return to the MSO throughout the season for several guest engagements and will make his opera debut with the Florentine Opera. He also will continue as associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has also been featured in master classes with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson and Christopher Seaman, while working with the St. Louis Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra ZГrich.
As a trained pianist and composer, Lecce-Chong embraces innovative programming, champions the work of new composers and supports arts education. While working with the MSO, he curated and presented the works of both active and lesser-known composers, including two works commissioned by the orchestra, as well as two U.S. premieres. He also helped create the first MSO Composer Institute, providing performance opportunities for young American composers. Lecce-Chong has complemented his programming with a strong commitment to arts education for all ages. In Milwaukee, he provided artistic leadership for the MSO's nationally lauded Arts in Community Education program ” one of the largest arts integration programs in the country ” and he continues to be a frequent guest speaker for arts organizations around the country.
Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting. Lecce-Chong also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors, including Edo de Waart and Donald Runnicles, with whom he continues to maintain a close working relationship.
KATY SHACKLETON WILLIAMS has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for many of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children's concerts.

Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, ATTACK THEATRE, now celebrating its 21st season, combines contemporary dance, live music and multimedia to create wickedly entertaining stage productions (Pittsburgh City Paper). Attack Theatre has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including for the Avignon Festival, the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival/Japan, Indonesia Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, the Spoleto Festival and the Broadway production of Squonk. A sought after collaborator, Attack Theatre has worked extensively with theater companies, in museums, performed in more than operas (including Carmen, Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, Aida, Dead Man Walking and Samson and Dalila), and danced with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous productions including a reimagining of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat with
Pinchas Zuckerman. Known for their "audacious athleticism," (Dance Magazine), Attack Theatre has received Best Dance Performance (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and Best Dance Company (Pittsburgh City Paper) for multiple years, and the prestigious National Dance Project Touring Award (NEFA). In addition to their performance and touring schedule, Attack Theatre conducts extensive arts education residencies throughout the region for 9,000 students and teachers annually through master classes, residencies, in-school performances and workshops for teachers.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating 120 years of music in 2016, 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:

Saturday, February 6 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
FIDDLESTICKS FAMILY SERIES PRESENTED BY MACY'S: DANCE!
FRANCESCO LECCE-CHONG, conductor
KATY SHACKLETON WILLIAMS, vocalist
ATTACK THEATRE, dancers

Richman                                   Fiddlesticks Theme Song          
                                                                        Ms. Williams

Reinhold Gliere                                     "Russian Sailor's Dance" from The Red Poppy

Richard Rodgers                        "Shall We Dance" from The King and I

Astor Piazzolla                          Tango: Fuga y Mysterioso
Attack Theatre

Al & Livingston, Jerry Hoffman   "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella
                                                            Ms .Williams

Sergei Prokofiev                                    Suite No. 1 from Cinderella, Opus 107
                                                           VII. Cinderella's Waltz
                                                           VIII. Midnight

George Gershwi                                    Fascinating Rhythm

Leonard Bernstein                     Overture to West Side Story

Lucas Richman                          Music Can Make Your Life Complete
                                                            Ms. Williams

Discovery Time Adventures
        Sing-along room
        Dance room
        Music Makers room
        Eurhythmics room
        Craft room


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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2016

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES SECOND SENSORY FRIENDLY CONCERT, ˜HEROES AND INSPIRATIONS'
Tickets go on sale February 1 for June 25 concert




PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its second sensory-friendly orchestra performance, Heroes and Inspirations, on Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.
Led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, Heroes and Inspirations is designed to provide a welcoming and inclusive concert environment, making it appropriate for families and patrons of all ages including those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other disabilities. Monitors will provide open captioning throughout the concert, and a quiet room, headphones and fidgets will be available so audience members can regulate their sensory stimulation.
Pre-visit materials will be available online to prepare for the trip to Heinz Hall, and pre-concert activities, including a resource fair and musician meet-and-greets, will begin at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the performance. Special guests for the concert include vocalists Katy Shackleton Williams and Ricky Manning.
Tickets for the sensory friendly performance are $15 and will go on sale February 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Heinz Hall box office, or by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
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Publish Date: 02-05-2016 12:08:00
 



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(PITTSBURGH, PA)” CALLIOPE WELCOMES DE TEMPS ANTAN TO CARNEGIE LECTURE HALL (OAKLAND) ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016 AT 7:30 PM.
Tickets and information are available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets: $42 / $23 (w/full-time student ID).



This QuГbГcois supergroup brilliantly explored and updated its country's francophone tradition. -Hopkins Center For The Arts

Since 2003, Г‰ric Beaudry, AndrГ Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec's musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music.

ANDRГ‰ BRUNET's unwavering energy and refined style earned him a spot with La Bottine Souriante, with whom he toured more than 15 countries over the course of 10 years. Although his journey with La Bottine Souriante came to an end in 2006, AndrГ remained immersed in traditional music. At the Grand Masters Fiddling Competition in August 2008”an event showcasing more than twenty violinists from across Canada” AndrГ took home top honours as "Grand Master of Canada.

PIERRE-LUC DUPUIS founded Les Langues Fourchures at age 19, with whom he recorded his first album in 2001. In 2003, he joined La Bottine Souriante, one of the province's best-known music groups. Since then, he's wowed audiences from Dublin to Porto and Budapest to Melbourne with his unique humour and warm-hearted charisma. Since ending his journey with La Bottine Souriante in 2008, Pierre-Luc has devoted himself to his true love”De Temps Antan.
Г‰RIC BEAUDRY founded La Galvaude, followed-up later by Ni Sarpe Ni Branche and Norouet. He is the recipient of several awards including a 2002 Prix MnГmo for his role in producing the album Musique gaspГsienne, featuring violinist Г‰douard Richard. In 2003, Г‰ric became a member of La Bottine Souriante. He began teaching traditional music at Joliette's CEGEP rГgional de LanaudiГre in 2002. Wherever he performs, Г‰ric's rich vocal range and unquestionable talent on stringed instruments guarantee a rousing performance for all.



This engagement of De Temps Antan is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.

-- 
Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager
Calliope
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org



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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
TWELFTH NIGHT
COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES
FEBRUARY 23-24, 2016 | BYHAM THEATER | PITTSBURGH, PA

Sandy Foster (Feste) and

 Geoffrey Lumb (Sir Toby Belch)

 in Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'.

Photo credit Robert Day.

Fergus O'Donnell (Malvolio) and Lizzy Watts (Olivia)
in Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'.
Photo credit Robert Day


Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring Twelfth Night to the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, this February.  Part of the Cohen & Grigsby TRUST
PRESENTS Series, Twelfth Night will be performed on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
with an additional student group only performance on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets start at $20 and are available www.TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Box Office at Theatre Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
Twelfth Night, originally written by William Shakespeare in 1601, is a play full of magic and transformation, loss and reconciliation, said Simon Reade, Dear Mr Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright

Fergus O'Donnell,Lizzy Watts, Sandy Foster, Jonathan Broadbentin Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'. 

Photo credit Robert Day



Filter Theatre, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, transforms this age old Shakespearian comedy into a condensed, fast-paced play complete with an acoustic sound and atmosphere. The stage for their version of Twelfth Night is more reminiscent of a rock gig than a straight play, strewn as it is with sound equipment and musical instruments, Paul Taylor, theatre reviewer for the UK's Independent newspaper.
Filter's lo-fi, 90min remix of Shakespeare's comedy infects the audience with the play's celebratory spirit of madness from the start...You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.  The Metro.
This explosive new take on Shakespeare's play is sure to enchant all with its Shakespearian foundation but modern, alternative approach.  All are welcome to attend.


Jonathan Broadbent (Aguecheek) and Geoffrey Lumb (Toby Belch) 

in Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'. Photo credit Robert Day

FILTER THEATRE
One of Britain's best and boldest devising companies - Metro
Filter has been creating innovative, exciting theatre since 2003. Filter's unique collaborative language explores the interaction between sound, music, text, and movement, in a desire to make stories that awaken the imaginative senses of an audience. Working out of a real sense of trust, and retaining a robust emotional honesty and playfulness, the company creates new works of original theatre, as well as dynamic incarnations of existing texts. To find out more about Filter Theatre visit www.filtertheatre.com


ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANYThe Royal Shakespeare Company (also known as the RSC) is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today's writers. Visit www.rsc.org.uk for more information.

l-r Ferdy Roberts, Oliver Dimsdale, Gemma Saunders, Jonathan Broadbent 

and Victoria Moseley in Filter Theatre Company's ˜Twelfth Night' 

photo credit Robert Day



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

by Pittsburgh Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith

A nutcracker is a tool designed to open nuts by cracking their shells. But truly in the theater at the family holiday tradition of "The Nutcracker" presented by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, no one cares with the presentation of The Nutcracker during the holiday season of 2015, the Pittsburgh Ballet definitely cracked the code of entertainment for young and old and sheer delight for all ages.
 







From the beautifully lit backdrops to the exotic flavor of the international dance numbers, the snow flower dance with the bees and the Chinese dragon, the audience can never tire of the enchantment of the Choreographer, Terrence S. Orr's  interpretation of Tchaikovsky's suite from the original ballet derived from the Story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It seems as though every year that one attends, there is always something new and exciting that wasn't there last year in the performance or that you just notice this year.

And the set designer has made the scenery indigenous to Pittsburgh.  The Showdrop showcases a Pittsburgh home that once existed on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.  Who can miss that the proscenium clock that was inspired by the famous, "Kaufman's Clock."  The Nutcracker at Christmas is not the only Pittsburgh tradition showcased in this presentation. What Pittsburgher would forget someone saying to them, "I'll meet you under Kaufmann's clock?"

The historic Pittsburgh flavor continues in the naming of the guests as you peruse the program, Mrs. Kaufman, Mr. and Mrs. Heinz and Mr. and Mrs.  Grandview, named for Pittsburgh's internationally known scenic Grandview Avenue. And the topography continues in the turn of the twentieth century rendering of the Snowy Forest.

Also the Magical Land of Enchantment backdrop's string of lights that swirls like and old-fashioned rollercoaster was inspired by visions of Pennsylvania's many amusement parks.

From the human sized rats to the trees laden with sweets and the palace, everything Clara and the audience see is for all intents and purposes made of sugar.  My granddaughter's favorite was the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and also the Arabian dance and the Chinese Dragon Dance. 




I personally have always loved the grand festival portion with its Celebration of Dances.  My favorites are the Dance of the Dolls and the waltz of the flowers with the baby bumble bees.  It's so wonderful how the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater includes its community of talented dancers and youngsters from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, truly making the event a community supported and populated tradition for the Pittsburgh area.

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Publish Date: 01-29-2016 18:43:00
 

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412-454-9117
Peter Pan Adaptive Dance Tailors Ballet Class to
Students with Special Needs
PBT to Present Sensory-friendly Peter Pan Feb. 18, at the Benedum   

PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 28, 2016)  Building on the success of its sensory-friendly performances, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's adaptive dance classes provide a platform for students with special needs to move from ballet patron to active participant. Themed around Peter Pan, PBT offers its next session of adaptive dance classes Saturdays Feb. 13, to April 9, at PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue.

Students will explore the movement and rhythm of Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and other characters in connection with PBT's sensory-friendly Peter Pan performance. 

PBT will offer two class sessions: a 2 p.m. class for students in grades 7-12 and a 3 p.m. class for students in grades 1-6.

In collaboration with Autism Connection of PA, PBT launched the series last season for middle-and-high-school students with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. Based on modified choreography from Peter Pan and other classics, the classes combine adapted teaching methods with creative movement principles and ballet class essentials like live music, barre and center work. Classes are accompanied by live percussion music.  


PBT's sensory-friendly performance of Peter Pan will debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Benedum Center. The performance is designed for people with sensory sensitivities, autism and other special needs to enjoy the ballet in a supportive theater environment.

Accommodations include specially trained staff, quiet and activity areas in the lobby, relaxed house rules, minor adjustments to potentially startling light, sound and special effects and pre-performance guides. Throughout the performance, the house lights remain dimly lit and audience members are free to come and go from their seats as needed.

The audience response at our sensory-friendly performances has been tremendous. We can't wait to share ˜Peter Pan' with these families, said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. 'Peter Pan' is one of our most popular full-length productions. It's incredibly engaging especially for young people with the charisma of the characters, high-energy level of the dancing and its fantastic flying sequences.

Following sensory-friendly performances of The Nutcracker (2013 and 2014) and Beauty and the Beast (2015), Peter Pan will be the third story ballet to enter PBT's sensory-friendly repertoire. PBT presented its first sensory-friendly performance in December 2013 with The Nutcracker, the country's first professional adaptation of the holiday classic. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.pbt.org/sensory-friendly-performances or by calling 412-456-6666. Groups of 10 or more can save up to 50 percent by calling 412-454-9101 or emailing groupsales@pittsburghballet.org.


About ˜Peter Pan'
Feb. 12-21 Benedum Center 
Set to a lush Edwardian score, Jorden Morris' dazzling Peter Pan brings J.M. Barrie's classic to life with luminous dancing, thrilling flying sequences and charismatic characters like the show-stealing Tinker Bell. Opening Valentine's weekend, Peter Pan takes the Benedum stage for 11 performances Feb. 12-21. Tickets start at $28, and are available atwww.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.  


About PBT Accessibility Initiatives
In addition to sensory-friendly performances, PBT also offers audio-described performances, audio program notes at www.pbt.org, large-print and braille programs, adaptive dance classes for students with autism, the Dance for Parkinson's class series and other accommodations for patrons with special needs. For more information, please visitwww.pbt.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2015
 For further information: Bill Hall/Director Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center
 814-933-8203 /
 billhall@psu.edu 

Four Major Universities to Showcase Technologies at Ben Franklin's 2016 Shale Gas Innovation Contest! 

STATE COLLEGE, PA We are pleased to announce that four regional universities: Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University have all enthusiastically agreed to join the list of sponsors supporting Ben Franklin's Fifth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest. This year's event, which is FREE to attend, will be held on May 18, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA. New this year, faculty and students will be invited to showcase their most promising technologies under development in the shale energy space by participating in a poster session during the reception that follows the contest. Ben Franklin's Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center www.sgicc.org is now accepting applications to this year's contest which offers a total of $80,000 in cash prizes for the four best shale energy oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts. Researchers, entrepreneurs, or small businesses in Pennsylvania or West Virginia focused on developing a new product or service for the shale energy space can apply.


 A simple online application can be found at http://www.sgicc.org/2016-shalegas-innovation-contest.html. In addition to the cash prizes, successful applicants will gain exposure to investors, potential partners, and industry sponsors. This 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest's GOLD Sponsor is Ben Franklin Technology Partners (http://www.benfranklin.org). Industry sponsors include: 
AquaTech (www.aquatech.com)
Chevron Technology Ventures (http://www.chevron.com/ctv/ctvi/), 
First National Bank (www.fnb-online.com )
Inflection Energy (http://www.inflectionenergy.com/), LPR Energy (http://www.lprenergy.com/), LPR Land Services (http://www.lprls.com/)
the Marcellus Shale Coalition (http://marcelluscoalition.org),
 PPG Industries (http://corporate.ppg.com/)
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/ )

As mentioned above, university sponsors include: Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (http:// www.cmu.edu/energy/), Penn State University's Institute for Natural Gas Research (http:// www.ems.psu.edu/INGaR), the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Energy (http:// www.engineering.pitt.edu/cfe/), and West Virginia University's Energy Institute (http://energy.wvu.edu/). Contest Finalists will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. To download an application, visit www.sgicc.org and click on the 2016 Shale Gas Innovation Contest tab. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM on February 1, 2016. For details regarding eligibility or other questions, contact Bill Hall at either 814-933-8203 or billhall@psu.edu. About the SGICC The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania's citizens from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The Center's goal is to increase sustainable employment and wealth creation in Pennsylvania that has the potential to outlast the initial exploration, production and transportation of natural gas from the formations. The Center will also identify, support and commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset. 

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For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016
                                   
WARM UP FOR THE OSCARS WITH PNC POPS: THE ULTIMATE OSCARS AT HEINZ HALL ON FEBRUARY 5-7

PITTSBURGH The Oscar celebration starts early this year with PNC Pops: The Ultimate Oscars at Heinz Hall on February 5-7.
Former Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh returns to celebrate the last 50 years of Oscar-winning scores with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From John Williams to John Barry, audiences will enjoy unforgettable music from films like Titantic, Schindler's List, The Godfather, Avatar, Star Wars and more!
As a lifelong fan of film music, this concert is truly the ˜ultimate' thrill. I couldn't imagine any of these films without these award-winning scores and this concert serves as an amazing playlist of music, says Loh. I would argue that the films themselves owe much of their success to the masterful scoring by these brilliant composers. I can't wait to work with my friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony to bring these scores to life!
This concert also features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, directed by Christine Hestwood and composed of students from Belle Vernon Area High School, Blackhawk High School, California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Point Park University, Quaker Valley High School, Seneca Valley High School, South Fayette High School, Upper St. Clair High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
Please note that film clips are not included in this performance.
A night that movie music lovers won't want to miss, tickets to PNC Pops: The Ultimate Oscars begin at only $24. Performances are Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Heinz Hall box office, online at pittsburghsymphony.org/oscars or by phone at 412-392-4900.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2015-2016 title sponsorship of PNC Pops.  Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
About the Artists
LAWRENCE LOH is a dynamic American conductor of impressive range and talent. He is the newly appointed inaugural music director of Symphoria, founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the position of music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Additionally, Loh was recently named artistic director and principal conductor of the Syracuse Opera.

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 concerts year-round. Off the podium, Loh is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate. He created a very successful Apprentice Conductor Program in 2012, designed to help identify and train the next generation of young conductors.

From 2005 to 2015, Loh had a very successful association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as assistant, associate and resident conductor. He worked closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducted a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He was active in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Community Engagement Concerts, extending the symphony's reach into other communities and led the groundbreaking Sensory Friendly concert in 2015, one of the first of its kind. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel'Messiah in December 2008. For many years, Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series, playing the part of script writer, host and conductor. Upon ending his tenure with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2015, Loh was immediately reengaged for two weeks in the 2015-16 season.

While in Pittsburgh, Loh was also music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He led this world-renowned orchestra in concerts at Heinz Hall and throughout the Pittsburgh community. He led PYSO on two international tours to Central Europe and Italy.

Having a particular affinity for pops programming, Loh has been engaged for repeat performances with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Texas Tenors and more. He has assisted John Williams on multiple occasions, and conducted numerous sold out John Williams tribute concerts. He is particularly adept at conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film and has led Pixar in Concert, Disney in Concert, Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain, among others.

Loh is active as a guest conductor, both in the U.S. and abroad. Recent engagements include the National (Washington D.C.), Knoxville, Florida, Dallas, El Paso, San Luis Obispo, Edmonton, Colorado, Charleston (SC), Detroit, Malaysia, Daejeon (South Korea) and Greater Bridgeport Orchestras. His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Aspen (CO), Mann Center in Philadelphia, Breckenridge, Las VegasHot Springs (AR), the Kinhaven Music School (VT) and the Performing Arts Institute (PA).

Loh held the positions of assistant and associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001 to 2005. 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 and was also music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

In May 1998, Loh received his Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting from Yale University, earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He received his M.M. in choral conducting from Indiana University while also studying clarinet with Howard Klug and voice with Roy Samuelsen. He began the DMA program in opera and instrumental conducting at IU before transferring to Yale. His received his B.A. and Certificate of Management Studies from the University of Rochester. In 2001, Loh was 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. Follow him on instagram @conductorlarryloh or twitter @lawrenceloh, or visit his website lawrenceloh.com

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STUDENT CHORALE is composed of high school and collegiate singers from the greater Pittsburgh Area. The Student Chorale was created by the late Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Music Director Emeritus Robert Page.

MARK HUGGINS was named associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He is a frequent soloist in the Pittsburgh Symphony's BNY Mellon Grand Classics, PNC Pops and education concerts. In addition, he is actively involved in the Orchestra's Community Outreach program, performing chamber music concerts in outlying communities. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he was a member of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1987 and was active as a soloist and in chamber music throughout Europe and in Japan. He frequently toured Europe with the Chamber Music group Ensemble Klassik. From 1979 to 1981, he taught violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de GenГve and performed with the Trio de GenГve in Switzerland and France. In 1981, he made his recital debut in London's Wigmore Hall.
In the United States, he has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar and the Marlboro Music Festival. A native of Palo Alto, California, Huggins began his violin studies at age 7 with Jenny Rudin, and made his first public performance there at age 10. He studied further with Zvi Zeitlin, Dorothy Delay and Donald Weilerstein. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a performer's certificate. While a student at Eastman, he won the Concerto Competition.

In Pittsburgh, he has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Trio with Harry Franklin and Anne Martindale Williams, and has taught violin as a member of the Duquesne University faculty. Currently, he teaches privately.

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating its 120th anniversary year in 2016, 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:

Friday, February 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 7, 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: THE ULTIMATE OSCARS
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STUDENT CHORALE (Christine Hestwood, director)
MARK HUGGINS, violin

            Alfred Newman (arr. Jovic)                     20th Century Fox Fanfare

Jeff Tyzik                                              The Big Movie Suite

Nino Rota                                             Waltz from The Godfather

Richard Rodgers                                    Selections from Oklahoma

John Barry (orch. Raine)                         Theme from Out of Africa

James Horner (arr. Pesavento)                Avatar Suite
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

Vangelis (arr. Raine)                              Theme from Chariots of Fire

Elton John                                             Circle of Life from The Lion King
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

Ernest Gold (arr. Bennett)                       Exodus: An Orchestral Tone Poem

John Williams                                       Theme from Schindler's List
Mr. Huggins

John Williams                                       "Flying Theme" from E. T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

James Horner (edit. Redford)                  Suite from Titanic
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

John Williams                                       Main Title from Star Wars

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Publish Date: 01-26-2016 23:27:00
 


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School to Host Jan. 30, Pittsburgh Audition for Intensive Summer Program 




PITTSBURGH, PA
 As part of its nation-wide audition tour, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School is hosting a Pittsburgh audition on Saturday, Jan. 30, for young dancers interested in applying for its 2016 Intensive Summer Program (ISP). Registration begins at 1 p.m. The audition follows from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Ave., in the Strip District.

The immersive, five-week program held from June 20, to July 23,   offers talented young dancers a diverse curriculum of ballet technique, partnering, pointe, repertoire, jazz and modern led by resident and guest instructors with extensive professional experience in the dance world. The program welcomes students age 12 and older. More than half of PBT's professional company dancers have received training in PBT's ISP and year-round pre-professional training program.



Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Co-directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall kicked off PBT School's 2016 audition tour earlier this month, and will hold auditions in 35 cities and 22 states. The team expects to audition more than 800 students throughout the tour, and will recruit more than 250 students to come to Pittsburgh this summer. Each summer, PBT School also welcomes a number of international students who audition by video or on-site at PBT's annual international audition in Japan.

Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-directors Grundvig and Marshall, ISP students attend classes six days a week as well as workshops on nutrition, choreography, injury prevention and the psychology of dance. Students receive housing at PBT's student residence, Byham House, in Lawrenceville as well as Chatham University residence halls.
The tour also auditions students for PBT School's Company Experience Workshop and for its 2016-2017 Pre-Professional Program, a full-time program held from September to May. The Company Experience Workshop, June 6-17, offers a select group of pre-professional dancers, ages 16 and up, the chance to preview what it's like to be part of a professional company while learning choreography from PBT dancers, artistic staff and choreographers. PBT School's year-round Pre-Professional Program is recognized as one of the nation's finest for professional-track dancers. Admission is by audition only, and the curriculum includes 25-30 hours of ballet training per week. Students come from around the country and internationally to attend the program each year.
Registration fee of $35 (exact change or check) is due at the time of the audition. Additional audition details are available at www.pbt.org/school.


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About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, PBT School provides a diverse dance curriculum to 1,000 students annually across its Children's, Student, Pre-Professional and Adult Open Divisions.  Ranging from pre-ballet to Pre-Professional, PBT School fosters the expression, discipline and joy of ballet at every level and cultivates the next generation of professional dancers. Strengthened by daily exposure to the professional company, PBT School students experience training that extends from the studio to main-stage performance opportunities in PBT productions at the Benedum Center. 

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For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

”MEDIA ALERT”

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 120TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 27



Tickets on sale now for a concert 120 years in the making!

PITTSBURGH  On February 27, 1896, the Pittsburgh Orchestra played its very first notes as an ensemble. Next month, 120 years to the day of that very first performance, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck present a 120th Anniversary Celebration concert on Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.
To celebrate this historic milestone, the symphony will perform a commemorative concert in the place where its first performance occurred Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall. Under the baton of Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform significant pieces from its history, including works performed at the first concert in 1896. Guest artist violinist Jennifer Koh, Principal Tuba Craig Knox, Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh and Principal Horn William D. Caballero will be featured on the program, which includes music from Andre Previn, Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein, among others.
Tickets, priced at $20, 40 and 60, are on sale now. Tickets are
Jennifer Koh




available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/120, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.
A limited number of tickets to a 6 p.m. pre-concert dinner at the Carnegie Music of Art, which include premium seating to the concert, are available for $140. To purchase, please contact the Pittsburgh Symphony Special Events Office at 412-392-4830.
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Publish Date: 01-26-2016 21:57:00
 



MEDIA ALERT”

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MUSIC DIRECTOR MANFRED HONECK PRESENT ˜ALEC'S PLAYLIST'
WITH ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN ON APRIL 16

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 27

PITTSBURGH  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck present Alec's Playlist on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall. This innovative one-night-only concert experience celebrates the power of music to transform a moment, a scene and even a lifetime.
Actor, director and producer Alec Baldwin, a passionate lover and supporter of great music, will curate
this musical celebration with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Maestro Honeck. Baldwin, who helped shape the program with Honeck, will host the evening, revealing his favorite performances and moments in music, how and why classical music is so important to him, and how various pieces have transformed moments in his life. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky and Mahler (a particular favorite of Baldwin's), among others.
Because sharing the joy of classical music with the next generation is important to Baldwin, he has generously donated tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony to be used for students. The Pittsburgh Symphony is working with the Pittsburgh Promise to give the tickets away to students, who will be seated in a special section for the concert.
Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $105, go on sale January 27. Tickets are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/alec, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.
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Publish Date: 01-19-2016 04:31:00
 

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        The one thing that has kept radio going through TV, computers, iPods and iPads--drive time! Multi-tasking while travelling and being stuck in traffic keeps listeners attention.

        Audio podcasts have invaded drivetime through ITunes, Stitcher Radio, Player.fm and 40 Plus Directories. With  Wi-Fi in their car or a blue tooth device, listening is easy.
 
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        Of the 243 million Americans using radio each week, 66.6 million of them are Millennials. This far outpaces the size of the weekly Generation X and Boomer radio audiences, with 57.9 million weekly listeners each. Millennials spend more than 11 hours a week with radio, and nearly three quarters (73%) of their listening occurs while outside the home and close to making purchasing decisions.~Neilsen.com

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        An estimated 46 million Americans over the age of 12 now listen. That's 17% of the 12+ US population, up from 12% in 2013. They listen during their morning commute on the train, in their car while they're running or at the gym, or while doing household chores.

        About 10% of the US population listens to podcasts on a weekly basis. These listeners average about 6 podcasts per week!

        Podcast Listeners Are Young + Tech Savvy
You  need to be adept at using a Smartphone or a computer to listen to a podcast. In general, 12-34 years old.
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half of podcast listeners in the US are between
Podcast listeners also spend more time online in general than the rest of the US population. Plus, podcast listeners tend to favor the Internet over any other form of media such as TV, radio, or newspapers.

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Weekly podcast listeners are nire educated and have higher incomes when compared to the rest of the population. 24% of Americans with a college degree listen to podcasts weekly compared with the 10% of Americans without a college degree who are listening weekly. And you're twice more likely to be a weekly podcast listener if you make $100K or above than if you make $50k or below. In other words, podcast listeners have money to spend on the products and services you are offering.

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Podcast consumers are the people who check social media sites multiple times a day a perfect demographic for the social media marketers out there who are reading this. In fact, 56% of podcast listeners use social media sites at least once a day to several times a day.
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Are you tired of bad news, robberies, murders, tragedies, car crashes? Greater Pittsburgh Area Listeners are also.  They do not subscribe to "If it bleeds, it leads" motto of local news.

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 There is at least one Pittsburgher who is dedicated to spreading the good news in Pittsburgh.  Joanne Quinn-Smith also known as the TechnoGranny and Pittsburgh Good News Reporter has dedicated 8 years to broadcasting the good news about Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.  She fashions her talkcasts after the famous broadcast journalist Gabriel Heater who for years started his broadcast with the quote, "There's good news tonight!" 

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Joanne started her Talkcast/podcast, PositivelyPittsburghLive in 2007. PositivelyPittsburghLive is the flagship podcast for PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com, Pittsburgh's First Internet Radio and TV Network.  PPLMag is a free online news network and community magazine where Pittsburgher's and surrounding residents can go for the good news and events. Once a week, all the user generated good news from over 70 Pittsburgh area business owners and organizations is turned into an online turning page magazine complete with live links to internet radio and TV shows and full color magazine pages.


The TechnoGranny herself has interviewed over 1,000 Area business owners, local celebrities and nonprofit organizations and produced over 2,000 podcast episodes, all about good news. There are also 8 anchor podcasts/talkcasts produced weekly or bi-weekly and the anchor podcast community is growing.



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Local Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org

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Search: Tyler Perry

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
TYLER PERRY'S
MADEA ON THE RUN
THE NEW MUSICAL STAGE PLAY BY TYLER PERRY
TICKET ON SALE NOW
TYLER PERRY & CASSI DAVIS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that Tyler Perry will star
in his new musical stage play Madea On The Run at Pittsburgh's Benedum Center (237 7th Street, Downtown Pittsburgh) for a limited engagement.  Three performances of Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run are scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 PM and 7:00PM.
Tickets ($44.25-$71.25) vary according to performance and are available at TrustArts.org, by phone at (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.

About the Show
Madea is at it again in Tyler Perry's most outrageously funny stage play ever.  In trouble with the local authorities, Mabel Simmons, notoriously known as Madea, is on the run from the law.  With no place to turn, she volunteers to move in with her friend Bam who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.   Bam is so grateful that her faithful friend Mabel is putting her life on hold in order to nurse Bam back to health.  Unknown to Bam however, Madea is only using the concerned friend gag as a way to hide out from the police.  But as they say all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.  Madea's presence at Bam's house is just what the doctor ordered.  Bam's family is in desperate need of some home improvement, and it is the only kind of family makeover that Madea could deliver.  Starring Tyler Perry as Madea, and Cassi Davis as Aunt Bam, Madea On The Run delivers a couple hours of pure joy and laughter.  With brand new music written by Tyler Perry, the show delivers a finger snapping and inspirational evening of theater.  Madea's life lessons on friendship, marriage, personal reflection, and overcoming, leave audiences with some great food for the soul.   Don't miss Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run.

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.  It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself.  His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992 and in 1998 his perseverance paid off when a promoter booked I Know I've Been Changed for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved
to Atlanta's prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back.And so began an incredible run of 13 plays in as many years, including Woman Thou Art Loosed!, a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes. In the year 2000, I Can Do Bad All By Myself marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. The God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea, was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays - Madea's Family Reunion (2002), Madea's Class Reunion (2003), Madea Goes To Jail (2005) - and set the stage for Tyler's jump to the big screen. In 2015, Perry returned to the stage, performing his new original play, Madea on the Run, to sold out audiences across the United States.

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.


About Tyler Perry
Perry's first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, debuted at number one nationwide. His ensuing films, Madea's Family ReunionDaddy's Little GirlsWhy Did I Get Married?Meet The BrownsThe Family That PreysI Can Do Bad All by Myself, Why Did I Get Married Too?, For Colored Girls, Madea's Big, Happy Family, Good Deeds and Madea's Witness Protection have all been met with massive commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world. He starred in the Rob Cohen directed Alex Cross and helped release Academy Award-nominated Precious, a movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire, in conjunction with his 34th Street Films banner, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films and Lionsgate.
In the fall of 2008, Perry opened his 200,000 square foot Studio in Atlanta, situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres. The Studio consists of five sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events.

Tyler recently garnered rave reviews for his role opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher's box office hit, Gone Girl. He will next be seen on the big screen in 2016 for Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel as the villain "Baxter Stockman." 
A philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, television producer, actor and activist, Perry continues to break television network and box office records with his unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience. It is a brand that quickly became an empire. Perry has garnered a Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Theater, the Brandon Tatikoff Legacy Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), an MTV Movie Award, over 20 NAACP Award nominations and over a dozen subsequent awards.
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Full Media Kit for Highmark First Night 2016 is available for download:
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
COMPLETE PROGRAMMING LINE UP
FOR HIGHMARK FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. midnight
Cultural District | Downtown Pittsburgh




Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the complete programming roster for the 22nd annual Highmark First Night Pittsburgh.  Each year, approximately 40,000 people ring in the New Year at hundreds of events within venues throughout the Cultural District.  90% of all events are held indoors.  For the fifth consecutive year, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will serve as the presenting sponsor for the event, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Take a tour around the world within the Cultural District on First Night, invites Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This year's Around the Word”Around the ˜Burgh theme event offers guests the opportunity to enjoy sights and sounds from across the globe.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh will kick off with children's fireworks at 6:00 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Stage along with a performance by the 10-piece music machine with a power-house singer, Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution, who have been performing in Pittsburgh frequently for the past ‹four‹‹ years.  Crowned The Goddaughter of Soul by her loyal Baltimore fans, Smith moved to Pittsburgh seeking advanced medical support to aid with her son's autism diagnosis.  Watch a video of the band's performance here




At the end of the evening, visitors will enjoy the Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale: the countdown to midnight, raising of the 1,000 lbs. Future of Pittsburgh ball 150 feet in the air above Penn Avenue Place, and a spectacular Zambelli fireworks finale; they will also be serenaded by the rockin' sounds of The Wailers on the Highmark Stage. Together with Bob MarleyThe Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year.  The anchor of the band is Aston Family Man Barrett, who in addition to being Marley's most trusted lieutenant and co-producer, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers' sound is indisputable and yet today's line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica's most exciting new singers. 

The Wailers are undoubtedly the world's premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe.
The Wailers epitomize this year's Highmark First Night Pittsburgh theme, Around the World”Around the ˜Burgh, by bringing to Pittsburgh the site of Bob Marley's final performance a legacy and sound celebrated internationally for more than fifty years.
New attractions taking place throughout the evening include a special vouchered performance by Pittsburgh's premier blues/R&B/soul band, Billy Price Band.Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since performing in Pittsburgh, PA with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s.
Drew the Dramatic Fool presents foolish theater for smart audiences during his variety act that combines high-stakes drama with circus skills, magic, and visual theater. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will perform withformer Principal Dancer, Christine Schwaner, who stages excerpts from the full length Spanish style ballet, Don Quixote.

Bricolage Production Company presents The Voyage of SeaSoar created by Parag S. Gohel, Ayne Tercia and Cory Talmer.  Follow the adventures of a yellow-bodied winged creature that collects subaquatic data for scientific research. After a devastating crash into the cliffs of the 4th River Gorge, the eclectic crew of the Revelle are docked in Bricolage Bay, scrambling to repair SeaSoar and save the valuable data which holds secret messages from its global travels. But, the crew cannot repair SeaSoar without first deciphering its complex language and they don't have the key. Do you? Experience this interactive journey and discover how you can have a hand in saving SeaSoar and possibly all of humanity.

Other vouchered performances will include Arcade Comedy Theater, featuring its in-house improvisation team, Improve Arcade.  The jokes will continue in Agnes R. Katz Plaza with Construction Junction MARC USA.  They will present The Environment is No Joke, an interactive salvaged door display featuring reuse awareness knock-knock jokes.  Player OneJ. Russ and Gab Bonesso, stand-out stand-up comedy performers will be showcased at the Cabaret at Theater Square, and Jane's Jungle Adventure, an interactive, musical theater for kids will be performed by Gemini Children's Theater in the Highmark Auditorium at Fifth Avenue Place.  Stacyee Pearl's Dance Project will present PLAYGROUND, which inhabits a playful, fun space reminiscent of early life experiences with movement at the August Wilson Center. Lastly, Williams SING-OFF Competition Winner, Gabby Barrett will perform on the Dollar Bank stage as the opener for Lyndsey Smith and the Soul Distribution.  Barrett was the first Williams sing-off winner ever to be selected to receive the award by celebrity guest judge and legendary music icon, Smokey Robinson.

This year's FedEx Ground Parade will feature local dignitaries, marching bands, a colorful display of local community artwork in addition to the traditional art cars and giant puppets from Studio Capezzuti. The parade starts at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 8 p.m. and runs along Penn Ave before turning right on 6th Street toward the Allegheny River.  Workshops to develop the puppets for the parade are taking place throughout the month of December and can be attended at no cost.  For more information on how to register for a workshop, visit TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH. 
With all of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust galleries offering extended hours, visitors can take in world-renowned exhibitions, and stroll along their own personalized gallery crawl on New Year's Eve. Visitors can get a final glimpse of the renowned works of Hetain Patel in At Home, and Nandini Valli Muthiah, a central figure in Indian photography,on exhibitat Wood Street Galleries. The installations at Wood Street Galleries were featured during the programmatic focus on India, recently produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 

Other galleries will showcase the artwork of Sean Beauford (707 Gallery) whose exhibit Poison examines the enduring relationship between drugs and the urban community and Post Erotica: The Anthropology of Motherhood at 709 Penn Gallery which is a visual diary of valuable experiences of being a mom by Fran Flaherty.
Brokn celebrates hope for love amidst brokenness, featuring art by Lynndell Lorenz, Keith Schmiedlin, Michael Lotenero, Brian Holderman, & Matthew Lorenz (937 Liberty, 2nd Floor) and a traveling exhibition curated by Chris McGinnisThe Mountain and the Bumblebee will also be open at SPACE, featuring selected works by contemporary artists and poets who confront broadly defined notions of landscape as both cultural icon and raw material.
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh will showcase its newest members from the Spring and Fall 2015 New Member Screenings. Visitors will enjoy a variety of works including sculpture, paintings and prints from 30 visual artists which will be on view for the public.

Sail into the New Year at Shaw Galleries with the latest exhibit Pirates! Buccaneers, Privateers and Swashbucklers RevealedExplore the world of pirates and privateers or guests can sit back and relax as the Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents select classic trailers for New Year's Eve. How many films have you seen over the last 40 years? Now you can see them all againwell not all of them, but at least the trailers to these classics of cinema history!

Kids and kids at heart can enjoy the hands-on activities in the First National Bank Family Tent. There visitors will be able to help The Children's Museum'sFirst Night Resolution Tree to bloom by writing and posting reflections from the past year and wishes for the New Year. Participants can also create a unique and colorful snowflake with Pittsburgh 



Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center ArtsThe Allegheny County Park Rangers will bring a variety of local wildlife animal specimens for participants to study, touch and learn about! Other First National Bank Family Tent collaborators include Gateway to the Arts, Buzzword Pittsburgh and SocialButterflyMagazine.com. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello to Pirate Parrot, IceBurgh, Social Butterfly and Steely McBeam”Pittsburgh's favorite mascots!




Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series, & EQT Children's Theater Festival have fun activities planned at the August Wilson Center.  Tetris, Superheroes, and Storybooks will provide opportunities for young people to try their hand at a game of Tetris, to create a large-scale analog game of Tetris on the walls of the August Wilson Center using pixels and patterns to create incredible collaborative art or to create their very own superhero in a button.  Guests can also enjoy readings and snappy rhymes from Room on the Broom and the classic bedtime tale Good Night Moon or snap a fun selfie with everyone's favorite gal, Junie B. Jones.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse will encourage everyone to start their new year with confidence and flair with their activity”Award Yourself.  The activity will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at Urban Pathways Charter School.  Visitors can craft a special wearable accolade to showcase something wonderful about themselves or their friends.

Scrappy New Year

Drew Foolhand
There a tons of other activities to enjoy including Gemstone Readings by Professor Styles of the Miracle Elixir Sideshow; First Night Face Painting, awesome one-of-a-kind on-the-spot improvisation-inflation-creations by Giggles the Clown and local CaricaturistsShawnelle Dodds and Clarence Butler”all scheduled for Fifth Avenue Place and Light Bright Beautiful Puppetry at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.



For those who want to walk on the wilder side, they can enjoy a four-hour long production featuring the annual live ice carving and fire show at Fire & Ice Plaza located at the 8th Street parking lot. Experience a one of a kind fire and ice show with chainsaws slicing through ice, fire dancing with music and spectacular lighting featuring Steel Town Fire!

Music lovers will have a vast array of global sounds to choose from this year.  The WYEP music station will return and feature the Appalachian-inspired, three-part harmony group The Early Mays with special guest Rachel Feddy and Pittsburgh native Joy Ike with her percussive, soulful and powerful-pop as well as WYEP Artist of the Year 2016, Brooke Annibale. 

Other musical performances include Dwayne Dolphin, the standout jazz bassist from Pittsburgh. The
Charlie Akers
Fairmont Hotel will remain a First Night site, featuring Tania Grubbs as part of the Jazz at Andy's Quartet.  From jazz to classical, Balmoral Pipes and Drums with Highland Dancers will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh and River City Brass will present their Around the World Brasstacular performance featuring selections from their repertoire.

Join Cafe Con Leche to give despidida to 2015 as they bring in the New Year with traditions from Latin America and Pittsburgh including live dance performances and lessons from Los Sabrosos Dance CompanyTanguero Alejandro Pinzon, and Yemaya PittsburghAnthony Mitchell Jr. and Tambour Cimarron will bring the beat with music from Africa and Latin America. DS Kinsel will complete live-action painting all night long and the soulful Jacquea Maewill close out the evening with her amazing voice.

Other activities include dance lessons with Arthur Murray Dance Center, Soul Line Dancing with Roland Ford, The Junior Tamburitzans of South Hills and aBellydance Show performed by Susan Goelz of Unsuk Dance in the black box at Pittsburgh CAPA. Matthew Korbanic will be performing the works of Bach, York, and Maggio for 8-string classical guitar in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel lobby and Urban Pathways Sounds of Steel will showcase students from grades 6-12 who will delight audiences with their steelpan ensemble.  There is truly something for everyone!

All programming is subject to change. Updates will be posted online at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH
The new Highmark First Night Pittsburgh website provides event details and allows users to sort through the schedule of events and customize plans.  TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH is mobile-friendly and will allow smartphone users to plan on-the-go during New Year's Eve.

AdmissionHighmark First Night Pittsburgh buttons (worn by attendees) are available beginning the first week in December at Giant Eagle locations; online at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH; by phone at 412-456-6666; or at The Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Avenue.  Buttons cost $8 in advance or $10 night-of-event. Children age 5 and under are admitted FREE.
Some indoor performances also require seating vouchers, which are free tickets.  Events requiring vouchers are listed at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH.  Want your vouchers sooner? The VIP package permits special First Night Friends, to enjoy priority seating, access, parking, and more! For more information on becoming a part of this special sponsorship opportunity, please call 412-471-3518.

Sponsors & Media PartnersHighmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016 sponsors as of release date include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue
Shield as the presenting sponsor, Dollar Bank, First National Bank, Giant Eagle, PNC and Bobby Rahal Automotive Group.  FedEx Ground returns as a title sponsor.  Special puppets will be designed by Studio Capezzuti for the annual parade.  Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016 community supporters include The Buhl Foundation, The Fine Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation and The Grable Foundation.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016 media partners include KDKA TV, Trib Total Media, and WYEP 91.3 FM/WESA 90.5FM.

Highmark First Night PittsburghHighmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is Pittsburgh's arts-focused New Year's Eve celebration. Culminating with the city's Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown's renowned 14-block Cultural District”inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh's vibrant artist community ring in the new year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids' activities and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 pm and midnight. Admission Button prices remain among the most-affordable in the nation: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and kids 5 and under attend for free.
The Wailers, headline musical act for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016, epitomize this year's theme, Around the World”Around the ˜Burgh, by bringing to Pittsburgh the site of Bob Marley's final performance 35 years ago a legacy and sound celebrated internationally for more than fifty years. Around the World”Around the ˜Burgh will shape the complete line-up attractions on New Year's Eve as visitors discover international arts and cultural influences alongside the diverse work of Pittsburgh's regional artists. More at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH.

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 landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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It's been a good Year! Remember YOU CAN POST EVENTS HERE TOO!
Highlighted Events plus 5 SPECIAL EVENTS!
These are picked from 10 different meetup groups!
IF INTERESTED, please RSVP!  It helps the organizers out!

SIX SPECIAL EVENTS!
Events where there is usually over 20+ participants (some events cross-posted).
1. Fri. Dec. 25th Sushi Holiday Party at Tokyo Sushi Buffet

2. Sat. Dec. 26th Burlesque & Jazz: 4 Classic Burlesque Dancers! Going to be Awesome! A Lil Phattie Holiday at Altar Bar ( CLICK and Buy tickets)
3. Sun Dec. 27th BIG STEELER GAME PARTY at Coaches Bottle Shop in Banksville! 30+ People going!

3. Sat. Jan 2nd Band at Lattitude 360: "Velveeta" Great Band to DANCE TOO!

4. Tues, Jan 5th Free Comedy at Buckhead Saloon 5 comedians for free! No Cover!

5. Sat. Jan 16th Multi-Meetup Happy Hour w/ DJ & DANCING!
Tilted Kilt in Robinson Township! Over 100+ people are going to this!

TEN Highlighted Events 
These meetup events should have a decent amount of Participants showing up Or are Interesting/FUN/cheap/Free(Pick two ;-) ).
1. Sat. Dec. 26th NO COVER! FREE! BAND: Right Turn Clyde at Crafty Jackalope! Bridgeville! SOUTH HILLS! Clyde has been a member of the meetups for OVER A YEAR! LETS SUPPORT HIM!

2. Wed. Dec 30th DAMN GOOD LOCAL MUSIC! SINGER SONGWRITERS!: Amber Bamber, Megan Pennington & Blue Clutch!Howlers-Coyote Cafe! BLOOMFIELD!

3. Thurs. Dec 31st New Years Eve! First Night w the MEETUPS!  3 events then do your own thing! DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH!

4. Fri. Jan 1st NEW YEARS DAY! Polar Bear Plunge!
Wash your sins away in the Mon! Your year will be better for it! DOWNTOWN MON WHARF!
5. Wed. Jan 6th Donation Yoga at Sterling Yoga, Sahra is a great YOGA teacher! Dormont South Hills!
8. Thurs. Jan 14th SALSA DANCE CLASSES @ Youtopia Studio: Beginner & Mixed level style salsa dance! SQUIRREL HILL!

9. Sat. Jan 16th AMAZING VEGAN BRUNCH! done by Professional Chef Mya! Southside! (MUST BUY TICKETS to reserve seats)

10. *** GO TO THIS EVENT! ***
Sat. Feb. 6th BIG MEETUP HAPPY HOUR AT DORTHY 6 w DJ & DANCING! EAST END! HOMSTEAD! 100+ people going CROSS POSTED!!! We have the whole 2nd Floor!
Thanks and Cheers! See you at an EVENT!

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Publish Date: 12-31-2015 11:36:00
 







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contacts:
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Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch name:  HFNP 2016 SING-OFF Winner


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

GROUP WINNER!
OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL
WILLIAMS SING-OFF COMPETITION 




PART OF HIGHMARK FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016
Pittsburgh, PA•Ready, Set, Sing! The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the winner of the sixth annual Williams SING-OFF Competition for talented student singers! The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Sing-Off is part of the upcoming Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016, and is aimed at providing a unique and creative opportunity for young people in the greater Pittsburgh region.  For the first time ever, a group has won!  This year's Williams SING-OFF Competition winners are Addison Albert and Colin Aikins. Addison is an 11th grade student at Knoch High School. Colin is a 10th grade student at Central Catholic High School. They will open for the River City Brass Band on New Year's Eve, performing at the Benedum Center from 6:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 

About Williams SING-OFF Competition
Similar to the format of popular TV talent shows, students from grades 6 through 12 who are affiliated with a middle or high school in Southwestern Pennsylvania, were eligible to submit a video audition performance of two songs. An internal panel reviewed all submissions and five finalists were selected.  Legendary singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson returned to select the winning voice from the top five finalists of this year's Williams SING-OFF Competition. While Smokey Robinson selected the winner, he is not scheduled to attend Highmark First Night Pittsburgh.  The Williams company is the name-in-title sponsor of this year's SING-OFF Competition.




Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's greatest living poet, Smokey Robinson's career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ˜n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.


The winner of the Williams SING-OFF Competition also receives a $500 cash prize and $1,000 cash donation to their school music department. 
About Williams SING-OFF Competition WinnersAddison Albert has won The Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards for two years in a row.  Honorees are represent Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties in outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre.  These awards recognize individual artistry and honor the dedication and professionalism of students and educators and their schools' commitment to performing arts education.

Colin Aikins
 has been singing for two years. Colin taught himself in Italian and asked his parents if he could take singing lessons.  Colin has been taking lessons with Maria Spacagna, Chair of the Vocal Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, for a year.  He recently won the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition at the National Opera Center in NYC and was accepted for a program at the Metropolitan Opera in February. 




To listen to Addison Albert and Colin Aikins performing The Prayer, at the 3:06 mark through 3:50 mark, visit https://youtu.be/JIy6L8JFJPw.           
All of the vocal finalists from this year's Williams SING-OFF Competition have been invited to participate in the FedEx Ground Parade that takes place during Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016.  Finalists confirmed to participate in the parade, as of this press release date, are Tori Cubero an 8th grade student at Armstrong Junior High School and Mariah Fowlkes a 10th grade student at Perry Traditional High School.    
 Last year's SING-OFF Competition winner was Gabby Barrett, a freshman (at the time of the competition) at Serra Catholic High School.  She is performing as part of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016 on the Dollar Bank Stage this year.  You can find information about Gabby Barrett here: http://gabbybarrett.com


Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is Pittsburgh's arts-focused New Year's Eve celebration. Culminating with the city's Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown's renowned 14-block Cultural District”inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh's vibrant artist community ring in the new year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids' activities and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Admission Button prices remain among the most-affordable in the nation: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and kids 5 and under attend for free. 
The Wailers, headline music act for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016, epitomize this year's theme, Around the World”Around the ˜Burgh, by bringing to Pittsburgh the site of Bob Marley's final performance 35 years ago a legacy and sound celebrated internationally for more than fifty years. Around the World”Around the ˜Burgh will shape the complete line-up attractions on New Year's Eve as visitors discover international arts and cultural influences alongside the diverse work of Pittsburgh's regional artists.  For more information, visit: www.TrustArts.org/FirstNight


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

 

Publish Date: 12-31-2015 01:15:00
 



CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
the Family Holiday SpectaCular
23 Musical, Twirling, Juggling, Ariel &  Acrobatic Acts to
Amaze & Entertain You
Reviewer:  JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz,  


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015
FEATURING 30 PERFORMERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE


Presented by the
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Benedum Center

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, created and directed by Neil Goldberg presents a spectacular family night of holiday entertainment aimed to amaze, awe and make one wonder  out loud   How in the world do they do all the singing, dancing twisting, turning, leaping, climbing, juggling, acrobatic and aerial feats and still be smiling and ready to do more?    The international cast of 30 performers from Armenia, Belarus, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine and the USA are extraordinary as they whirl, twist and perform almost impossible feats through 23 acts, and myriad custom changes as holiday ornaments in a 2 hour plus magical   production.  

 The theme,  Once upon a dream, time awoke suddenly.he turned, smiled and gave a winkand then saw the ornaments no longer asleepsets the stage for the performers dressed as holiday ornaments to pull out all stops to perform  amazing feats to entertain the audience.   The action never stop, one amazing performance is finished and the next is moving right on stage.   You just gotta see it to believe it!   All the performers are excellent and many of the performers have been featured on America's Got Talent and similar TV variety shows in other countries.



Kudo's to all that design, produce and deliver this holiday spectacular.    Cirque Dreams is also currently airing as a made for PBS television special throughout the country.  The
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is part of a franchise by directory Neil Goldberg, who  created the groundbreaking Broadway hits CIRQUE DREAMS and JUNGLE FANTASY.   CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is a circus show, a Broadway musical, a holiday fantasy spectacular and family show all in one!  Look for them to go to NYC & Broadway in 2016


Great  family entertainment! Amazing show with fantastic skilled performers whose
enthusiasm, talent and boundless energy generates enough holiday cheer to light up downtown Pittsburgh for a week.    Truly a fabulous Holiday performance to entertain all!



Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester
Host of Empress of Biz
Anchor Internet Radio Show on PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate and Share. She is an entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT„c cost management system for small business, and has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients.


 

Publish Date: 12-30-2015 16:11:00
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops, Nothing Short of Tops!

JoAnn R. Forrester,
Roving Pittsburgher Reporter
Host of Empress of Biz #Podcast



A great family holiday treat was presented to Pittsburgh concert goers    by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Choir, Attack Theatre, the Three Rivers Ringers, Chris Jamison and a very special appearance by Mr. Nicholas Claus at the Holiday Pop Concert.  I wish this performance could have been broadcasted on television by all our major stations in the burgh to brighten everyone's holiday.  The whole performance by all was uplifting, well executed and magical.
 

The Pittsburgh Symphony under conductor Daniel Meyer, well known to Pittsburgh audiences was superb.  Mr. Meyer has a wonderful touch that brings out the best in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a lighthearted and capable manner.  He also worked exceptionally well with the other Pops presenters. 



The Mendelssohn Choir , the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra's chorus of choice directed by Acting Musical directory, Maria Sensi Sellner was delightful and it was a grand treat for the audience to be able to sing along with three Christmas Carols.



The Attack Theatre, directed by Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza,
was an exuberant part of the evening and their interaction with Mr. Claus was perfect.  I must say Mr. Claus was wonderful with the young members of the audience.  It made me wish I was a kid again and that I could have a special talk with Santa.  The reactions of the youngsters on the "Santa Cam" were priceless.

from http://www.threeriversringers.org/


Attack Theater in Santa's Reindeer Skit


My favorite of the whole wonderful Holiday Pops evening was the Three Rivers Ringers.  They are Pittsburgh's premier handbell ensemble directed by Nancy R. Lutz.  They charmed the audience and it was just amazing to see them performanother great treat.    The Carol of the Bells with the Mendelssohn Choir was exceptionalgreat sound and fascinating to watch.




Chris Jamison and PositivelyPittsburghLive #podcast host,
Joanne Quinn-Smith
To add to the wonder of the evening a special appearance by Chris Jamison, local artist, who appeared as a finalist on The Voice sang several songs including the one he did on national television, Georgia on My Mind .  His voice caresses the words and brings to mind to me Mel Torme (September 13, 1925  June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, who was an American musician, best known as a jazz singer.  Keep your eyes on our local guyhe has far to go and if he keeps on track should have a wonderful career.


I thoroughly enjoyed my Holiday treat with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Chor, Attack Theatre, Three River Ringers, Mr. Claus and Mr. Chris Jamison.  Folks you don't need to go to New York find world class entertainmentwe got it here in Pittsburgh.   I suggest for your 2016 New Year's Resolution List make one of them get involved and support the marvelous artistic and musical scene in Pittsburghit is a sure winner all the time. 



Still time to get your picture taken in front of Heinz Hall tree.

Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester
Host of Empress of Biz
Anchor Internet Radio Show on PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate and Share. She is an entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT„c cost management system for small business, and has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients.








 

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Here's one we found on Pinterest on how to make a Steeler's Christmas Tree, compliments of Rob N Sess Stotler 

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This is Ginger the Christmas Cat compliments of JoAnn Forrester

        cute babies unwrapping gifts or in their cutest Christmas outfit, here's one of one of my cute cousins, adorable.

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just a portion of my family at Christmas


        Christmas lights and sights around the city
my grandson at the Santa Display at PPG

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Your host and publisher Joanne Quinn-Smith in front of the Christmas Tree at Heinz Hall for the Holiday Doo Wop Concert

        you and friends and family at the CrГche, on the Holly Trolley, in front of the Heinz Hall Menorah or Christmas Tree, with the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Nutcracker, at Kennywood with the lights, at the Holiday Market in Market Square, First Night or New Year's revelry or at your dinner table with friends and family--just some suggestions

My granddaughter and I on the red carpet at A Musical Christmas Carol.


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Publish Date: 12-21-2015 16:52:00
 

Roving Pittsburgher Report, 

Put Holiday Doo Wop on Your Bucket List

by
Good News Reviewer, Marlene Reutzel


If you haven't  been to a Doo Wop show, put it on your bucket list!  It's an evening of pure fun and entertainment.  The show at Heinz Hall was just musical magic. Presented by Richard Nader

Entertainment on Wednesday December 16th, 2015, the line up was fabulous. The program started with Johnny Angel and the Halos, a group that started in the corners of the North Side of Pittsburgh.  When the signing started,  the need to sing along began. 

Lenny Welch's voice is still dreamy with his " Since I Fell For You" and " Ebb Tide.  His moves are still as smooth as ever. 



Tommy Mara has an engaging and powerful voice  that immediately pulls you in to that feel good place as the lead singer of the Crests. Singing along to "Sixteen Candles" and "Step By Step" takes
you back to the music that brings back memories.



Ladd Vance is the son of Kenny Vance from Jay and The Americans. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. His voice is wonderfully like his dads'. Singing " Cara Mia" with the Safaris was a perfect fit.

The Shirelles with the original lead singer Shirley Reeves Alston got the audience moving with " Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"  and "Tonight's the Night". Singing along was just second nature.

Everyone was singing  with The Orginal Tymes to " Wonderful Wonderful".  Their black and red jackets made sure your attention was focused on them with classic line dancing.  Truly entertaining!

The Supremes had 12 number one hits, Mary Wilson sang quite a few of them. Aside from sounding great, she looked amazing.  Her white and silver beaded form fitting gown, shows her fabulous figure and that classic look The Supremes always had.  Everyone was singing to "Baby Love" and " Stop, In The Name of Love' .  What a class act!

Each of the entertainers sang a Christmas song and the tribute to our military was inspiring and appreciated by the members of the audience who served. 

Definitely a wonderful entertaining, completed by pictures in front of the spectacular 
Christmas Tree in The Heinz Hall lobby, sponsored by HighMark.


Next time there is a Doo Wop show, throw caution to the wind and go. You won't be sorry.

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Publish Date: 12-16-2015 22:09:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contact:Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press Room  
Search: 2016 Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School 
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
CITIZENS BANK CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES

PRESENTATION OF
THEATREWORKS USA IN
JUNIE B.'S ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SCHOOL 
JANUARY 10 - 17, 2016

SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT PITTSBURGH
 
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the award-winning Theatreworks USA will bring its musical stage production of Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, to six neighborhood locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, January 10-17, 2016.  This production is part of the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of the series. 
Theatreworks USA's Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School brings together the creative team from the original Junie B. Jones musical. The book, lyrics, and music are by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones and Ever After, Dear Edwina, Taylor the Latte Boy ) based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park. The production was originally directed by Peter Flynn (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. JonesHenry and MudgeSkippyjon Jones) and choreographed by Devanand Janki (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones and Skippyjon Jones, Off-Broadway: Zanna Don't, Cupid & Psyche). The scenic design is by Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones), and the costumes are by Lora LaVon (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones). 

Theatreworks USA's musical adventure, Junie B.'s Essential Survival
Guide to School, is based on the popular books by Barbara Park.  Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 3 and up.

To view scene highlights from Theatreworks USA's musical production of Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, visit: https://youtu.be/rJI33GTe-R8.


Individual tickets ($12 at the door; $10.50 in advance) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling 412-456-6666, or purchased in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930. Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages are available by calling 412-456-1390.
Performance Locations
City: Byham Theater, Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, January 11 at 10:15 a.m. (student groups only)
East: Penn Hills High School, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
West: Hopewell High School, Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
South: Mt. Lebanon High School, Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, Sunday, January 17, 2016  at 2:00 p.m.

Theatreworks USASince 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 125 plays and musicals. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), Theatreworks USA is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award, and they are known for an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets and magicians.  The company is one of the most honored theatres of its kind, including the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award (2001) and The Actors Fund of America's Medal of Honor (2000) to Theatreworks USA founders Jay Narnick and Charles Hull.  www.twusa.org


Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series
The Citizens Bank Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way. The series introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up. The Children's Theater is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's line of family programming. Other programming includes the EQT Children's Theater Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation, and the EQT Bridge Theater Series, a new theater series connecting with ages 7+ and presenting professional theater from around the world.


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