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Publish Date: 01-23-2017 13:24:00
 


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



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

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

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


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



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



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



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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org  
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
GALLERY CRAWL IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 | 5:30PM-10:00PM | CULTURAL DISTRICT
FEATURING NEW WORKS BY VISUAL ARTISTS, ALONG
WITH AN EVENING OF MUSIC, DANCE, COMEDY AND MORE

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

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


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

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


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


Shaw Galleries
805 Liberty Avenue
A Monk's Numiosum


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


Water Cube

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

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


Magnolias for Pittsburgh
Agnes R. Katz Plaza


Tito Way


Haas Mural



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


CrawlAfterDark

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


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

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

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


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Publish Date: 01-10-2017 16:51:00
 

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






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






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




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





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


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Publish Date: 12-27-2016 11:09:00
 



For Immediate Release
December 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

Editors Please Note:

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

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

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

Intermission

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

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra


About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer

 

Publish Date: 12-20-2016 13:58:00
 



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





DECADES REWIND A MAGICAL ROCK-MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA  (EXAMINER)PERFORMS AT THE BYHAM
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
 

Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 7:00pm
Pittsburgh, PA Experience the greatest music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with Decades Rewind - a new concert extravaganza featuring a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs spanning 30 years. 

Featuring over 60 songs, Decades Rewind effortlessly blends unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history and had the audience singing along, dancing in their seats and down the aisles (Examiner) all night long. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6 vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes.  From Abba to Aretha, Cyndi to Chicago, Madonna to Marvin Gaye, Decades Rewind delivers an unforgettable soundtrack and pays tribute to the biggest and best hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.



Decades Rewind comes to the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on Sunday, January 22 at 7:00pm. Tickets ($46.75 - $51.75) are available online at TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666 and in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 665 Penn Avenue.
Based in Tampa, Decades Rewind made its stage debut in November 2015. Since then, the production has toured all across Florida and has planned its first extensive tour along the East Coast to New England in 2017.
Decades Rewind Promo Video: https://youtu.be/yn90k8IbDUk




Itinerary
1/6 Ormond Beach, FL  Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center
1/19   Glenside, PA  Keswick Theatre
1/20   Easton, PA   State Theater
1/21   Williamsport, PA  Community Arts Center
1/22   Pittsburgh, PA  Byham Theatre
1/25 & 26 Concord, MA  Capital Theater
1/27  Lynn, MA Lynn Auditorium
1/28  Worcester, MA  Hanover Theater
1/29  New Haven, CT  Shubert Theatre
2/15  Syracuse, NY Crouse Hinds Theater
2/16  Binghamton, NY  Broome County Forum
2/17  Rochester, NY  Auditorium Theatre
2/18  Red Bank, NJ  Count Basie Theatre
2/22  Charlottesville, VA  Paramount Theater
2/23  Hagerstown, MD  The Maryland Theatre
2/24  Norfolk, VA  Harrison Opera House
2/25  Richmond, VA  Carpenter Theatre
2/26  Manassas, VA  Hilton Performing Arts Center - Merchang Hall
3/9    Memphis, TN The Orpheum Theatre
3/17  Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
3/19  Dubuque, IA Five Flags Center
3/25  Rockford, IL  Coronado Performing Arts Center


For additional press information, please contact:Renee Pfefer, On Tour PR203-724-9919Renee@ontourpr.com
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Publish Date: 12-12-2016 13:51:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contacts:Live Nation:
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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org 
Images available at: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press Room
Search name: Second Show: Chris Rock 2017 

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
CHRIS ROCK
THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 
The Acclaimed Comedian's First Tour in 9 Years Starts February 14 in Durham, North Carolina 
COMING TO PITTSBURGH IN MAY, 2017!



SECOND SHOW ADDED
 
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 | 8:00PM | BENEDUM CENTER
TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 10:00AM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016
 
Pittsburgh, PAGrammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, announced today a highly anticipated return to live comedy with an all-new tour. The TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017kicks off on February 14, 2017 in Durham, NC at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The first leg of the TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 will be the acclaimed comedian's first tour in over 9 years and will visit cities throughout the U.S. including Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Detroit and more. More dates will be announced soon.  A full list of tour dates is below.  Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 at www.livenation.com and other outlets.  This event is presented by Live Nation.  

In Pittsburgh, Chris Rock The Total Blackout Tour 2017 will perform on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. (sold out), and a second show has been added by overwhelming demand for Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237, 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Tickets go on sale for the second show on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ($49.50-$125.00) and will be available through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's ticket sources online at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 
Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. As an actor, director, producer and writer he has created many memorable moments. 


Rock returned in 2016 to host the 88th Annual Academy Awards. In the past year, he has directed HBO's comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.  
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.  In 2014 he led the ensemble cast of Top Five, a critically acclaimed comedy feature that he also wrote and directed.  In 2009 Rock ventured into the documentary world as a writer and producer of Good Hair, and in 2014 he executive produced Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip, a documentary recounting the history of one of New York's most famous comedy venues.  His feature acting credits include the Grown Ups and Madagascar franchises, Head of State, Nurse Betty, CB4 , Death at a Funeral, I Think I Love My Wife, 2 Days in New York, Dogma and New Jack City.  

His television work includes serving as executive producer, writer and narrator for the series Everybody Hates Chris, which ran from 2005 to 2009, and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1989-1993. 


from Chris Rock, "Everybody Hates Chris."


Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. 


Chris Rock at the Oscars


CHRIS ROCK THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center
Thursday, February 16, 2017Cincinnati, OHAronoff Center
Saturday, February 18, 2017Columbus, OHPalace Theatre
Tuesday, February 21, 2017Niagara Falls, ONFallsview Casino Resort*
Wednesday, February 22, 2017Niagara Falls, ONFallsview Casino Resort*
Thursday, February 23, 2017Niagara Falls, ONFallsview Casino Resort*
Friday, February 24, 2017Reno, NVReno Events Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017Phoenix, AZComerica Theatre
Friday, March 3, 2017Denver, COBellco Theatre
Sunday, March 5, 2017Richmond, VAAltria Theater
Friday, March 10, 2017Minneapolis, MNOrpheum Theatre
Friday, March 24, 2017Birmingham, ALBJCC Concert Hall
Saturday, March 25, 2017New Orleans, LASaenger Theatre
Wednesday, March 29, 2017Hollywood, FLHard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino*
Thursday, April 6, 2017Tulsa, OKRiver Spirit Casino Resort*
Friday, April 7, 2017Thackerville, OKWinStar World Casino*
Saturday, April 8, 2017St. Louis, MOPeabody Opera House
Friday, April 14, 2017Tampa, FLTampa Bay Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, April 19, 2017Cleveland, OHState Theatre
Saturday, April 22, 2017Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun*
Friday, April 28, 2017Detroit, MIFox Theatre
Wednesday, May 3, 2017Indianapolis, INMurat Theatre
Saturday, May 13, 2017Sugar Land, TXSmart Financial Centre
Sunday, May 14, 2017Austin, TXBass Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 17 & 18, 2017Pittsburgh, PABenedum Center
Thursday, May 25, 2017Cherokee, NCHarrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Centre*
Friday, May 26, 2017Atlanta, GAFox Theater
Saturday, June 3, 2017Atlantic City, NJBorgata Hotel Casino*
* - Not a Live Nation promoted show 


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust





The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 12-05-2016 07:02:00
 


For Immediate Release
November 30, 2016

”MEDIA ALERT”

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ˜MUSIC OF PRINCE' CONCERT RESCHEDULED



PITTSBURGH Due to a conflict with artist availability, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music of Prince concert will move from Friday, December 16, 2016 to Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Ticketholders should keep their tickets as they will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available to those who are unable to make the March 4 date by returning tickets to the Heinz Hall Box Office. Please contact the box office at 412-392-4900 with any questions.
The Music of Prince is presented with Windborne Music, who also brought the sold-out Music of Led Zeppelin and Music of Queen concerts to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Music of Prince will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony with a live band in a symphonic tribute to Prince's greatest hits, such as Purple Rain, When the Doves Cry, Kiss and more.
Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $65, are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/prince, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.


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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Publish Date: 12-03-2016 17:39:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
December 1, 2016                                                                                                             412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org

WQED's A Christmas Cookie Story Celebrates Local Traditions



PITTSBURGH -- For many western Pennsylvanians, a day of cookie baking is as celebratory as the holidays. WQED's new local documentary A Christmas Cookie Storywill have multiple airings during the month: December 8 at 8pm; December 12 at 7:30pm; December 13 at 12:30am; and December 29 at 8pm.

Families gather in kitchens throughout the Pittsburgh region to mix dough, whip frostings and scatter sprinkles. It's also a time to embrace ethnic traditions and remember loved ones who handed down creased and crumbling recipes. This holiday documentary features everything from colorful cutouts and Italian pizzelles to intricate gingerbread houses. It also shows how ordinary people become culinary artists during the holidays.


About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of Corporate Communications
WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-622-1366 office
412-370-8802 cell


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Publish Date: 12-03-2016 10:59:00
 



For Immediate Release
December 2, 2016

HEINZ HALL CHRISTMAS TREE AND MENORAH DISPLAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC



PITTSBURGH”The public is invited to visit Heinz Hall to enjoy the traditional Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah displays this holiday season.
The tree and menorah are displayed in the Grand Lobby and will be open to public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following days: December 7-9, December 12-16 and December 22-23. The holiday decorations also can be viewed by ticket holders attending performances at Heinz Hall this month.

The 22-foot Fraser fir comes from Rossman Farm in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. It has been decorated in red and green with gold musical instrument ornaments. The tree was trimmed by Plantscape and was delivered and set up by Eichenlaub Inc.


Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the holiday sponsor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: 
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: 
jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra


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Publish Date: 11-25-2016 20:31:00
 





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Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
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Take an All-American Road Trip Down Highway 57 
with the Multi-Talented Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES!
Pittsburgh Premiere · January 26 April 15, 2017



Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ November 16, 2016  Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of PUMP BOYS & DINETTESJanuary 26 April 15, 2017 at the CLO Cabaret. A high-octane feast for the ears, this full-blown musical experience features the talented men and women of Grand Ole Opry country - a downhome group who love a slice of homemade pie and great music. Equipped with guitar, piano, bass, cello, ukulele, banjo and more, they're serving up a night of fun in this concert-style show about life's simple pleasures that received rave reviews both on and off Broadway, along with a Tony Award Nomination for Best Musical. Tickets start at $38.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square.



THE CAST
JUSTIN BENDEL (Eddiebegan his association with the CLO Cabaret during its inaugural show, Forever Plaid, for which he played 400+ performances. Last year, he returned for the hit comedy First Date. With over sixty musicals to his credit, he is certainly no stranger to musical theater. As a professional bassist, he is active in many genres including various orchestras, jazz groups, singing competitions such as Campus Superstar, and studio work. These vast opportunities have allowed Mr. Bendel to collaborate with the highest-caliber of musicians from around the globe. Career highlights include: Patrizio Buanne tour, Elaine Stritch, Tom Rocco, and legendary Ray Charles.

JON ROHLF (Jacksonwas last seen at the CLO Cabaret in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. He is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Band Leader) and Huck Finn (Huckleberry Finn). He also devotes much of his time to education and student outreach as a teaching artist and substitute teacher throughout the tri-county area.
of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts as well as California University's Masters of Teaching program. Mr. Rohlf's other credits include

JULIA SMOLKA (Understudyis making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Ms. Smolka works independently as a musician (singer/songwriter), and she performs at local restaurants, cafГs, festivals and weddings. She has worked as a performer for RWS & Associates, an entertainment agency based in New York City. Favorite stage credits include Carrie: The Musical (Split Stage Productions), The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera (Stage Right!), Into the Woods and Children of Eden (Seton Hill).  Ms. Smolka is a graduate of Point Park Conservatory where she received a BA in Acting.

LUKE STEINHAUER (LM) is making his CLO Cabaret debut in Pump Boys & Dinettes. Regional theater credits include: The Muny, Music Singin' in the Rain at Pittsburgh CLO. He is a recent graduate from The University of Michigan.
Theatre Wichita, Theatre Aspen and Pittsburgh CLO. Growing up, Mr. Steinhauer attended the Pittsburgh CLO Academy, was a Mini-Star, and eventually got his Equity card

ERIKA STRASBURG (Prudie Cuppwas last seen at the CLO Cabaret in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and has also played Belle in Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol for the past 3 years. Other Pittsburgh credits include: Three Days in the Country, Cock (Kinetic Theater), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(barebones), Pantagleize (Quantum). NYC: St. Joan of the Stockyards (Off-Broadway, Broadway World Performance of the Year) Regional: Gypsy, Pirates of Penzance (Bristol Riverside Theater), Last 5 Years (Island Theater Workshop), The Sound of Music (Millbrook Playhouse), Ellis Island (national tour). Graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

DAVID TOOLE (Jimrejoins the CLO Cabaret after appearances in The Toxic Avenger and First Date (Reggie, Gabe, Casey's Father & Stoner Guy). Past credits include Pittsburgh CLO's The Student Prince ; Front Porch Theatrical's The Last 5 Years (Jamie Wellerstein) and Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Tarzan (Tarzan), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), RENT (Roger), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), West Side Story (Tony) and High School Musical (Troy Bolton). Outside of theater, Mr. Toole is one of five rotating National Anthem Singers for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is a private voice instructor based out of the North Hills and is the front man for the Rock/Alternative band Identity X.

DREW LEIGH WILLIAMS (Rhetta Cuppis making her CLO Cabaret Debut. Although she's a Pennsylvania native, her theater performance background includes Chicago's Stage 773, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Profiles Theatre, Pride Films & Plays and Fremont St., to name a few. Favorite roles include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Lucienne in A Flea in her Ear, Dionyza in Pericles and Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy.  Outside of theater, Ms. Williams is on faculty at Clarion University and Clarion Center for the Arts. MFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

REED ALLEN WORTH (Understudyis a Point Park University graduate Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Grover). Others: Beauty and the Beast(Lumiere), Cabaret (Clif), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Andrew Jackson), Oklahoma (Will Parker).
originally from Lisbon, Ohio. National Tour:

THE CREATIVE TEAM
http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Benjamin-Klein/
BENJAMIN ENDSLEY KLEIN (Directorwas born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of Michigan. Director of Annon Broadway First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival (included in Huffington Post's The Best Shows of 2013 ), the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sickby Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California.
starring Tony Award-Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Selected credits as director include

ISAAC HARLAN (Music Directoris a graduate of Penn State University where he studied classical piano with Steven Smith. For the past six years, he has been living in NYC where he works as a pianist, music director, arranger and orchestrator. Mr. Harlan has played concerts with Norm Lewis, Eden Espinosa, Patina Miller, Renee Goldsberry and Michael McElroy, and has also been fortunate to work with other vocalists such as Leslie Odom Jr., Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Angela Lansbury. Mr. Harlan also frequently works as an arranger and pianist for the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

KIESHA LALAMA (Choreographer) has created more than 50 works for stage, film and television. Ms. Lalama choreographed feature films, The Perks of Being a WallflowerSorority Row, the hit television documentary series Broadway or Bust (PBS) and upcoming television series Outsiders (WGN). Theatrical credits include National High School Musical Theatre Awards (Broadway), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar(Kansas City Starlight Theatre), Into the Woods (Arsht Center), Judge Jackie Justice, Ruthless! The Musical and A Grand Night for Singing (Pittsburgh CLO). Concert dance highlights include Shed(DCDC), Catapult (Dance Kaleidoscope), Alegria (Giordano Dance Chicago) and Torque (August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). She has created two full-length contemporary dance theater productions. The Bench received rave reviews and was named by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Best of Dance Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. The Bench is currently under development with Titus Theatrical with a world premiere set for Fall 2017. As an educator, Ms. Lalama serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for Pittsburgh CLO. 

TONY FERRIERI (Set Designerreturns to Pittsburgh CLO: The Toxic Avenger, The 39 Steps, First Date. City Theatre: Feeding the Dragon, Hand to God, Sex with Strangers. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre: Miss Julie. barebones: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center: The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid. Quantum: The Master Builder. Other credits include designs for: Milieu Theatrics NY, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Opera, Carrnivale, PICT, Emelin, Northlight, Madison Rep, TheatreWorks, 1812 Productions, Playhouse REP & Conservatory, Tuesday Musical Club, Hartwood, Gargaro, Physical Theatre, Spur of the Moment, Chatham, Pitt, International Poetry Forum, Dana Phil Productions, Development Dimensions International, Saltworks and Unseam'd.

STEPHANIE SHAW (Costume Designer) returns to the CLO Cabaret where she previously designed costumes for The 39 Steps. Ms. Shaw is new to Pittsburgh, moving here from her previous job as Instr. Asst. Professor of Costume Technology for the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss. Some of her costume design credits include:  The Spitfire Grill (Ole Miss 2015), World Builders (Contemporary American Theatre Festival 2015), Blood Brothers (Texas Shakespeare Festival 2012), The Taming of the Shrew (TSF 2011), and Hamlet (Reduxion Theatre Company NYC 2006).

KEITH A. TRUAX (Lighting Designerreturns to the CLO Cabaret after The Toxic Avenger, First Date and Altar Boyz. Additional credits include PICT Classic Theatre's Two Tales of Terror, Oliver TwistSharon's GraveHow the Other Half Love and Women and Scarecrow, and Sherlock's Last Case and Romance for Kinetic Theatre Ensemble. In NYC: Good Girl Gone Bad and Walken on Sunshine Fringe Festival. Mr. Truax recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MA in Lighting Design.

Performance Schedule for PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Thursdays at 1:00pm* 7:30pm           
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

*March 23 and April 6
TICKETS
Tickets start at $38.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts.
Pittsburgh CLO graciously acknowledges the generosity of The Charity Randall Foundation for its sponsorship of the 2016-2017 CLO Cabaret Series.

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Publish Date: 11-25-2016 17:51:00
 






Broadway: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, Benedum Cener


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRMUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SERIES
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
COMES TO PITTSBURGH
PLAYING AT THE BENEDUM CENTER, NOVEMBER 22-27, 2016




Pittsburgh, PA”This holiday season, for the first time in Pittsburgh, the award-winning Broadway hit, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the beloved classic movie to life at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27, 2016.  This tour is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.


Tickets ($26-$77) to A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (You'll shoot your eye out kid! ).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.


Hailed by The Associated Press as a joyous Christmas miracle,  The New York Times writes I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.  A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICALpremiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. 
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  The tour features direction by Matt Lenz, and TONY Award winner Warren Carlyle's Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL features scenic design by Mike Carnahan, with costume design by Lisa Zinni and lighting design by Charlie Morrison. The hounds will play themselves.


A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 27th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.


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


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


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Publish Date: 11-25-2016 17:05:00
 



Contact:

Meghan Swartz                                                          
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
412-454-9117
mswartz@pittsburghballet.org                                     
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org

More than 1,500 Students, Educators to Kick off 15th Annual ˜The Nutcracker'Highmark & Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Present Dec. 2, Student Matinee Performance


PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 7, 2016)  Kicking off the 15th anniversary run of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, more than 1,500 students and educators will fill the Benedum Center for the 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, Student Matinee performance sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

The performance is the first of 26 performances of Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr's Pittsburgh-inspired interpretation, onstage through Dec. 27, at the Benedum. Just before the curtain rises, Neil Parham, director of community affairs for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, will present a $50,000 check to PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and Executive Director Harris Ferris.

Highmark has been a longstanding supporter of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Student Matinee Program, Parham said. As the lead sponsor of this program, we want to make sure that our children have the resources they need to be healthy and succeed, and education is a great place to start. We are hopeful that this program will create opportunities for children who otherwise would not have access to the arts.
The Highmark sponsorship makes it possible for PBT to offer discounted ticket prices for schools, professional development workshops for teachers and curriculum guidance for the classroom. During the Student Matinee performance, PBT will offer students a behind-the-scenes peek at production by raising the curtain during intermission so students can view set changes with commentary from Mr. Orr.



Highmark's support makes a strong statement about how important the arts are to a well-rounded education, Orr said. For many at our Student Matinee performances, this is their first-ever ballet experience. I don't think we can underestimate the power of live performance to inspire ideas, aspirations and personal expression.
PBT's The Nutcracker has been a Pittsburgh tradition for 15 years. Set to Tchaikovsky's sublime score, the story journeys through a moonlit snowscape to a whimsical Land of Enchantment, reminiscent of the historic amusement parks of Pittsburgh. More than 100 dancers bring to life iconic choreography from the waltz of the snowflakes to the Sugarplum Fairy pas de deux. PBT's The Nutcracker laces the familiar story with references to Pittsburgh's landmarks and history.
In addition to PBT's 30 company dancers, more than 130 PBT School students, ages 7 and up, will perform throughout the run as toy soldiers, clowns and other fairy tale characters.


PBT will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, Dec. 2-27, at the Benedum Center. Tickets start at $28 and are available at www.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or the Box Office at Theater Square.
About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. It employs more than 4,200 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style has been shaped by a series of distinguished artistic directors over four decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the Company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the Company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet. 


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Publish Date: 11-25-2016 13:55:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Ed Traversari, edtraversari@hotmail.com / 412-779-3112
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom
Search: Michael W. Smith

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
RICH ENGLER PRESENTS 
MICHAEL W. SMITH UNITES FOR POPULAR 2016 CHRISTIMAS TOUR WITH JORDAN SMITH, WINNER OF THE VOICE 
DECEMBER 14 | 7:30 PM | BENEDUM CENTER


picture from http://www.jordansmithofficial.com/

Pittsburgh, PA Coming live to the Benedum Center on Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30pm, Rich Engler Presents Michael W. Smith joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC's The Voice.
Incorporating a 53 piece symphony orchestra at each performance, this seasonal crowd-pleaser will travel to nearly 20 major markets across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Detroit, Dallas, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Baltimore and more.

Michael W. Smith draws hundreds of thousands of people to his concerts each year, and having Jordan Smith on his tour this year makes this tour one of the most anticipated holiday events of the season.

With a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums, the 2016 Christmas tour will showcase selections from Michael's extensive Christmas repertoire. Additionally, the Christmas tour will help benefit Operation Christmas Child, known for distributing over 135 million shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children in need in 150 countries.




Being on stage with a full symphony orchestra, performing some of my all-time favorite songs, is a dream come true , says Michael W. Smith. And I have to say, I have never heard a voice quite as pure and beautiful as Jordan Smith's. It's going to be a great night! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and performing these holiday shows each November and December is a major highlight for me.
"One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music that accompanies the season," shares Jordan Smith.





Don't miss this wonderful family oriented Holiday Show December 14th at the Benedum Center. Tickets are reserved at $45.75, $55.75 and $65.75. Some limited gold circle seats are also available for $125.75, and are on sale now at the Theatre Square Box Office, by phone at 412-456-6666 or online at www.trustarts.org.

Media Contact:Velvet Kelm & Courtney Hyder
the media collective
velvet@themcollective.comcourtney@themcollective.com(615) 591-7989
www.themcollective.com
Tour Publicity Contact:Debra Akins
Southside Entertainment
debra@debraakins.com(321) 747-0077
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Publish Date: 10-28-2016 14:37:00
 



CONTACT: Meghan Swartz
Associate Director of Communications 
Office: 412-454-9117 | Cell: 412-527-8953
mswartz@pittsburghballet.org



10-Year Principal Dancer to Take Final Bow Oct. 29at ˜Giselle'Christopher Budzynski to Dance Opposite Wife in Farewell Performance


WHO:
  Retiring Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre & the PBT Orchestra
WHAT: After 10 seasons with PBT and 22 as a professional dancer, Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski will retire following the company's October season opener, Giselle with the PBT Orchestra. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., he'll dance his last leading role - Giselle's ill-fated lover, Albrecht - opposite his real-life wife, Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis. At the close of the show, the company will celebrate Budzynski's final bow, which is open to media for photographing and filming during the curtain call. 

Although he is retiring from the stage, Budzynski will remain an active part of PBT. Starting this fall, he'll join the full-time faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the company's official training institution, where he'll play a leadership role in the Men's Division in addition to instructing student dancers of the Pre-professional Division and Student Division.



WHEN: Christopher Budzynski's final bow: Performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Final bow will take place at approximately 9:45 p.m. 

Other public performances of Giselle: Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2  p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
TICKETS: Tickets start at $28, and are available online at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square in the Cultural District. 


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Publish Date: 10-27-2016 11:01:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Lily Rybarczyk, Communications Coordinator, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Rybarczyk@TrustArts.org / 412-41-5196
Images available at: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom
Search: Peace On Earth
THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
CROWN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
A HOLIDAY CONCERT EVENTPEACE ON EARTH MIR NA ZEMLJI  
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 | 7:30 PM | AUGUST WILSON CENTER
Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Crown Entertainment presents Peace on Earth Mir na Zemlji,  a holiday concert event featuring the Croatian National Radio Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The performance will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.



For the second year in a row, the Croatian National Radio Television Tamburitza Orchestra will celebrate the holiday spirit in Pittsburgh! World music takes over Pittsburgh during this special performance, as the Orchestra, hailing from the country voted the best Advent destination in Europe 2016, shares the sounds of a traditional Croatian Christmas.Tickets ($53.25-$63.25) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.


The Orchestra will be joined by special guests: world-renowned Croatian cellist, Ana Rucner, soprano Renata Sabljak, tenor Djani Stipanicev, and the popular Croatian folk singer, Stjepan Jersek-Stef, accompanied by the vocal quartet, Gubec. Their exceptional repertoire spans centuries-old traditional Croatian folk songs to the well-known holiday songs of today. This extraordinary concert will get you in the holiday spirit!
This is the Orchestra's third visit to the USA, having spread the holiday spirit in 2015 and performed six sold-out concerts in 2004. Founded in 1941, the Orchestra has toured Australia, Malaysia, Canada and dozens of European cities. Through their Tamburitza performance, the Orchestra shares the tradition and cultural heritage of Croatia across the globe. The Tamburitza is a stringed instrument related to the Russian balalaika, the Ukrainian bandura and the Italian Mandolin. A national instrument, it is the most popular and most common among the Croatian people.
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Publish Date: 10-25-2016 11:17:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
October 21, 2016                                                                                                               412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED's Filmmakers Corner Begins Eighth Season
of Featuring Local Independent Productions




PITTSBURGH -- Filmmakers Corner returns for its eighth season, presenting original work by some of the region's most talented students, independent artists and filmmakers.

Filmmakers Corner is hosted by WQED's Minette Seate and airs on Saturday nights at 9pm.  The season premiere airs Saturday, October 29 at 9pm on WQED-TV. 

Four films will be screened in the season premiere:
       Guardians, featuring Rejeana Palma, is the story of a couple with dangerous ambitions.
       The poignant and beautifully shot The End of Blessings is by Point Park University's John Rice.
       The Beat Goes On is Randy Kovitz' tale of a broken heart finding the right rhythm. 
       The Carnegie Screenwriters' Happy Birthday To Me took first place in this year's 48 Hour Film Project.

For details on upcoming episodes, visit www.wqed.org/filmmakers and on Facebook at Filmmakers Corner. 

About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Publish Date: 10-24-2016 07:45:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT:        George Hazimanolis
October 21, 2016                                                                                412-622-1366
                                                                                                                   ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED PARTNERS WITH ART OF DEMOCRACY FOR THINK!

Public is invited to two community forums October 27 and 29
to kick off first topic: Guns in a Free Society

PITTSBURGH -- WQED partners with the Art of Democracy and the League of Women Voters on the first of an ambitious original series of multi-platform (in-person, online, social media and broadcast) initiatives beginning with the role of guns in a free society. 

THINK! is a call to action and interaction that invites a broad spectrum of voices and organizations to join together and collaborate around issues that confound and divide us.
The first topic in this ongoing series is Guns in a Free Society.  Our conversations will not focus on politics or Second Amendment issues. Instead, we hope to explore productive ideas for living with guns in a free society.
The discussions will focus on the following three areas:
       Mental Health and Guns
       Promoting Gun Safety as a Cultural Norm



  • The Economic Impact of Guns in Our Communities
About Think!
THINK! seeks to optimize public interaction, and, to do so, WQED is partnering with the Art of Democracy, an award-winning organization that fosters informed and inclusive public engagement. The Art of Democracy, working closely with WQED, is developing a community engagement process that will enlist a diverse and inclusive group of civic organizations.
Our community partner for Guns in a Free Society is the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. This historic organization is a dedicated proponent of strategies that will increase gun safety and reduce gun violence.
WQED will spread the word and encourage participation in thoughtful, productive conversations that matter to the entire community. Those conversations will happen at our virtual public square at www.wqed.org/think, in the social media realm and in real time, at face-to-face community forums.
The many voices taking part in the initiative will coalesce in hour-long broadcast specials from the WQED studios where experts, civic leaders and community members come together.
Think! Guns in a Free Society premieres November 17 at 8pm on WQED-TV with host Chris Moore.

Subsequent topics in the Think! initiative will examine criminal justice reform, followed by a third topic that will be chosen as the project progresses.

The public is invited to join the conversation at one of two community forums by registering to attend at www.wqed.org/think
Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:30 8:30pm
Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue
9th Floor Conference Room
Downtown Pittsburgh
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:30 4:30pm
Citizens Library
55 South College Street
Washington, PA
About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Publish Date: 10-19-2016 11:10:00
 

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1270
ywcapgh.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chaz Kellem
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1270


Work Against Violence
Week Without Violence: October 16 22, 2016

 

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2016):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh invites the public to work against violence during the 21st annual Week Without Violence: October 16 22, 2016.

The Week Without Violence is a signature initiative created by the YWCA USA 21 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh joins YWCAs nationwide in hosting local Week Without Violence events that raise awareness about and put an end to violence in all forms.


The facts are appalling, said Chaz Kellem, Senior Director of Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Kellem refers to the statistic showing that 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides. This week, choose to stand up. We cannot continue to lose our family and friends to violence.

Violence should not be the answer to our problems, said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. As a community, we must come together and look for alternative solutions. That's what the Week Without Violence is all about. I urge everyone to get involved.

YWCA Week Without Violence gives you practical, sustainable, non-violent alternatives through a week-long series of events. For more information, call 412-255-1466 or go to ywcapgh.org.

EVENT LINE-UP

Sunday, October 16: Day of Remembrance
Show your support for individuals whose lives have been lost to the daily reality of violence. Share a story, a memory or simply the name of a victim of violence by using the hashtag #YWremembers. Let them know we haven't forgotten. 

Monday, October 17 - Fun with the Force
Mingle with police, SWAT team, bomb squad, K9 officers, and more. Learn more about safety and violence prevention through truck tours, viewing safety gear, games and interacting with our Federal, State and local first responders.
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Location: YWCA, Homewood Brushton Center, 6907 Frankstown Avenue

Tuesday, October 18 - You Belong to Me
YWCA, Prime Stage Theatre and Community College of Allegheny County collaborate to present a performance of You Belong to Me for local high school students. Discover the warning signs of dating violence and engage in dialogue about violence prevention.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: CCAC Allegheny Campus, Foerster Auditorium (CLOSED EVENT)

Wednesday, October 19 - Purple Nail Project
Visit YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to "Proclaim in Purple" and paint one fingernail purple as a pledge (and conversation piece) to help end domestic violence and violence against women.
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
TWO Locations: 305 Wood Street, 15222; 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208

Wednesday, October 19 Domestic Violence Kit Stuffing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up to raise awareness around domestic violence prevention by creating emergency kits for area domestic violence shelters and women's programs. Special guests include members of the Pittsburgh Pirates staff and mascot team.

The organizations are asking for the public's help with the donation of new/unopened mini hygiene and personal care items. Donations will be accepted until 8PM On Tuesday, October 18 at the YW's Headquarters 305 Wood St., Downtown Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 20 - Fight Like a Girl
This isn't a workout session!  It's a hands-on self-defense class that provides practical self-defense moves you'll feel comfortable using. All do-able for everyone - no age, height, weight, or strength limit! Come as you are - no gym clothes necessary. Led by Attorney Maria Danaher from the Ogletree Deakins Pittsburgh office. To register: call 412-255-1466; email mstevencosnek@ywcapgh.org.
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:45-7:45 PM  
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, 15222 

Thursday, October 20 - Southwest PA says No More
Discussion by Southwest PA says No More Campaign.
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM 
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208  

Friday, October 21 - Law Enforcement Round Table
FBI will provide a brief presentation and lead discussion about hate crimes for local law enforcement and non-profit organizations.
(CLOSED EVENT)
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We envision a community that advances education, opportunity, and equity regardless of gender, race, or background. For more information about YW programs and services, visit ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100. To learn about the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, call 412-255-1466.

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Publish Date: 10-18-2016 10:38:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact
PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh
Shaunda Miles, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org 


CASTING ANNOUNCED 
FOR THE NATIONAL TOUR OF
THE 2015 TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL 


Pittsburgh, PA”Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical.  The tour will premiere in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall (600 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh) Tuesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 16, 2017.  FUN HOME is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.
Season Tickets and Groups 10+ are on sale now. For group sales, call (412) 471-6930 or emailgroupsales@TrustArts.org.  Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  To purchase tickets, visit TrustArts.org, call (412) 392-4900 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue). Ticket prices start at $26.

In Pittsburgh, FUN HOME performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390.
For more information on the production, please visit FunHomeBroadway.com.

Robert Petkoff
ROBERT PETKOFF (Broadway's Ragtime, All The WayAnything Goes) will play Bruce, SUSAN MONIZ(Broadway's Grease, Chicago's Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) will play Helen and KATE SHINDLE (Broadway's Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Miss America 1998) will play Alison.
Joining them will be ABBY CORRIGAN as Medium Alison, ALESSANDRA BALDACCHINO (Broadway'sFun Home) as Small Alison, KAREN EILBACHER as Joan, ROBERT HAGER as Roy, LENNON NATE HAMMOND as John, PIERSON SALAVDOR as Christian, ANTHONY FORTINO, AMANDA NAUGHTON, SOFIA TRIMARCHI and MICHAEL WINTHER. At certain performances, CARLY GOLD will play the role of Small Alison.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY. Ben Brantley, The New York Times
An uplifting musical drama of rare intensity, honesty and beauty. Fun Home speak universally about BIG THINGS THAT MATTER: LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, SURVIVING. It's unconventional, to be sure, and musical theatre is better for it. - New York Daily News
 EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.  Chicago Tribune
One of those ˜don't miss it' musicals.  The Huffington Post 

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


FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.  With this win,Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori also made history by becoming the first female writing team to be awarded the Best Score Tony Award.

FUN HOME was also nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team also includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Zinn (Costume Design) and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).

Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, who staged both the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of FUN HOME, will be restaging the national tour.
The Broadway production of FUN HOME opened on Broadway on April 19, 2015 and is currently playing at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre through September 10, 2016.
The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of FUN HOME is now available on PS Classics,psclassics.com.



Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by 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, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet!, The Producers, and Shuffle Along.  Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales.  For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Publish Date: 10-14-2016 15:57:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 2016
CONTACT LISA ALEXANDER
PR MARKETING MANAGER
(412)361-1915
LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
AND THE STRAY BIRDS
(PITTSBURGH, PA)” CALLIOPE WELCOMES LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS AND THE STRAY BIRDS TO CARNEGIE LECTURE HALL (OAKLAND) ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 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:  $35 / $20* (FULL-TIME STUDENT ID) **PLUS HANDLING FEES



LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/
Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou. ” David Grier
When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan they couldn't have predicted what would lie ahead of them. In the past year alone, touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they've been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival 200 miles north of mainland Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California with 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree all over Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US including Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado. To round out the year they were named one of NPR Music's 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin' session, and also have honed in on a sound that's entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat. Go here to see for yourself:  https://youtu.be/uUxsFxoVgf4




THE STRAY BIRDS
http://www.thestraybirds.com/home
Flaming brilliant.   Mike Davies, Folk Radio, UK
Magic Fire is an album of firsts for The Stray Birds: their first with an outside producer, their first with venerable guest musicians, and their first truly collaborative songwriting effort. More importantly, perhaps, it's an album of mosts: the most exciting and engaging music they've ever
composed paired with their most outspoken and insightful lyrics yet.                                  
Magic Fire builds on the success of The Stray Birds' 2014 Yep Roc debut, Best Medicine, which was hailed by NPR's World CafГ for its strong harmonies and sharp songwriting and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Guitar World praised their heartfelt creativity, while the Philadelphia City Paper called the band stunning, and Mountain Stage applauded their singular ability to successfully draw on the rich traditions of American folk music while still sounding modern. It was that unique formula that first brought them national attention and fueled their breakout in 2012, when their self-titled/self-released debut landed amongst NPR's Top Ten Folk/Americana Albums of the Year and earned them major festival performances everywhere from MerleFest to Scotland's Celtic Connections.

Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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412-361-1915
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Publish Date: 10-14-2016 09:56:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contact:Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org 
Images available at: http://TrustArts.org/pressSearch: 2016 Dog Loves Books 

 PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
CITIZENS BANK CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES
PRESENTS
 
ARTSPOWER INDOG LOVES BOOKS 
NOVEMBER 13-20, 2016 
SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS



Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces ArtsPower's musical touring production Dog Loves Books will open the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series. Performances take place November 13 through 20, 2016 at six different locations throughout the area. 
Dog Loves Books, produced byArtsPower, is based on Louise Yates' New York Times best seller.  Dog Loves Bookscelebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes from sharing books with others.  The musical features songs and choreography that bring to life the story of Dog and his love of books that leads him to open a book store.  In order to convince people to buy his books, Dog acts out some of his favorite stories, including a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood .  The performance is recommended for ages 3-10 years and is 55 minutes in length. 
ArtsPower was founded in 1985 by brothers Gary and Mark Blackman.  Greg Gunning is the artistic director and Karen Bibbo is the company and production manager.  The company has presented original musicals and dramas to children and families across the country in 49 states for the past 31 years.  In 2015, ArtsPower was named as one of America's top 12 touring theatre companies that make a difference across the United States by Backstage.com.
For more information, visit www.artspower.org, follow on www.facebook.com/ArtspowerInc.
To watch a scene from ArtsPower's Dog Loves Books, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWBO19bkcNQ orartspower.org/shows/dog-loves-books/

Ticket InformationIndividual tickets ($10.50 in advance; $12.00 at the door) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series are available by calling 412-456-1390.  Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass. 

Dog Loves Books performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.North: Marshall Middle School, November 17 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.West:Cornell High School, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.South: Mt. Lebanon High School, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, November 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Animal Friends and Therapy Dogs to visit Byham Theater, Sunday, November 13, 2016
Animal Friends and a group of therapy dogs and their handlers will be joining children and families on Sunday, November 13 at the Byham Theater in the lobby before the performance of Dog Loves Books that begins at 2:00 p.m.  Animal Friends' Pet Assisted Literacy Services (PALS) program helps promote a love of reading through the animal-human bond. The canine reading specialists and their handlers provide children with a non-judgmental and supportive environment that helps to make reading a more fun and positive experience. Learn more about the PALS programs atwww.ThinkingOutsidetheCage.org/Rover.


Upcoming shows in the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, include: Theatreworks USA in Pete the Cat (January 8-15, 2017); Galumpha (February 14-19, 2017); Circo Comedia (March 5-12, 2017); The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour: Elephant and Piggie's We Are In a Play! (May 18-21, 2017, also presented as part of the EQT Children's Theater Festival).  

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a variety of family programming including the following series and festival.  For more information please visit www.TrustArts.org.


The Citizens Bank Children's Theater (now in its 47th season), 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 EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its 2nd season, 2016-2017), for ages 7 and up, expands upon the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's mission of bringing artistic opportunities to children of all ages through culturally diverse performances that will continue to engage young audiences through participation, encouragement of and respect for their creative ideas and develop their interest in the arts.



The EQT Children's Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017; May 18-21, 2017) is one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation. For the fourth year, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children's Theater Festival. The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 10-13-2016 08:19:00
 


September 6, 2016 - For Immediate Release




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Pittsburgh Opera presents Verdi's La traviata
The most popular opera in the world, at the Benedum for the first time in five years

What:
Verdi's La traviata
Where:
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh
When:
Saturday, October 8th, 8:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14th, 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, October 16th, 2:00 p.m.
Run Time:
2 hours 12 minutes, including 2 intermissions
Language:
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Tickets:
Single tickets start at $12 for all performances.
Group Discounts available.
Call 412-456-6666 for more information or visit pittsburghopera.org/tickets.

Media Events
Please contact ccox@pittsburghopera.org for reservations
Photo Call (9/26, 12:30 PM) Artifacts Antique Store, 110 S Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Full Dress Rehearsal (10/6, 7:00 10:00 PM), Benedum Center
Related Events
See pages 6-7 of this release.
Opera Up Close (9/25)
WQED Preview (10/1 & 10/7)
Meet the Artists (10/11)
Audio Commentary (10/11)

Party time! Photo: Eric Antoniou for Boston Lyric Opera  2014
Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Opera opens its 78th season with the Giuseppe Verdi favorite La traviata, at the Benedum Center October 8th -16th.





La traviata  the fallen woman is a compelling tale of love, intrigue, money, and power in 19th century France.

It tells the heart-wrenching story of courtesan Violetta ValГry, played by Pittsburgh favorite Danielle Pastin. Alfredo Germont played by Cody Austin in his Pittsburgh Opera debut wins Violetta's love and his father's displeasure. His father, going behind Alfredo's back, coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo because their relationship threatens his daughter's engagement and his family's reputation.




Violetta will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. He publicly denounces her, leaving them both grief-stricken. Will they reconcile before it's too late?

Pittsburgh Opera will be performing a production of La traviata which is new to Pittsburgh. Set in 19th century Paris, it does not shy away from some of the more ribald aspects of that society.

From the rousing Brindisi drinking song to touching arias, La traviata's singing and music are sure to delight.


La traviata features a superlative cast, including:


       Danielle Pastin (Violetta ValГry), a favorite of Pittsburgh Opera audiences, who last performed here in 2015's CosГ fan tutte. Praised by Opera News as having one of the most sheerly beautiful voices on the scene today, the former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist continues to gain critical acclaim for her engagements across the country and internationally. Ms. Pastin made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011. 


       Cody Austin (Alfredo Germont), described as beautifully talented and charismatic, is making his Pittsburgh Opera debut. In March 2016, he sang this role with Opera Tampa, where the Tampa Bay Times said it was a part he might have been born to play. Mr. Austin has sung across the country to high praise.


       Sebastian Catana (Giorgio Germont), also making his Pittsburgh Opera debut. Originally from Romania, Mr. Catana first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in La bohГme in 2003. Despite the fact that most of his performances are in Europe, Mr. Catana and his family live in Bethel Park.  

On stage October 8, 11, 14 & 16, La traviata is an unforgettable way to open the opera season. Tickets start at just $12 and are available online.  

Find further details and download the press release as a PDF here.

Three facts about La traviata

  1. La traviata is the opera that Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to see in the hit movie Pretty Woman. In the movie, Julia Roberts plays a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man, and La traviata moved her character deeply enough to exclaim it was so good I almost peed my pants.
  2. As the most popular opera in the world, even non-opera fans know the music from La traviata. It's been featured in TV commercials for all things Italian, and the Brindisi drinking song was the bedrock of a classic Heineken commercial.
  3. Violetta wears a white camellia flower on her dress, which she removes in the first act and tosses to Alfredo. In the book Lady of the Camellias by Alexander Dumas, fils, which La traviata is based on, the Violetta character, also a prostitute, wears a white camellia to signify she is ˜available' for customers, and a red one to signify she is not.

The story, in brief
Pittsburgh Opera's production of Verdi's La traviata takes place in France during the mid-1800s.

The story opens in Paris. Violetta ValГry has been out most of the night running from party to party with her friends, who are now continuing the festivities in her luxurious apartment.

An admirer of Violetta's, Alfredo Germont, who has long adored her from afar, flirts with her in a rousing drinking song, the famous Brindisi Libiamo ne'lieti calici.

Alfredo then proceeds to confess to Violetta that he has loved her for more than a year. Moved, Violetta attempts to warn Alfredo, saying that she doesn't know how to love. Besides, as you'll hear in a stunning aria, Violetta wants to be ˜sempre libera' always free. Free and aimless she must flutter, from pleasure to pleasure.

Alfredo eventually wins Violetta over, and they move to a house in the country. Alfredo sings about how happy he has been ever since Violetta told him I want to live, faithful to you alone.  



However, Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont disapproves of Violetta's relationship with Alfredo, because it threatens his family's reputation and also his daughter's engagement. He coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo, then returns to console his son and remind him of his loving family back home in Provence.

Alfredo confronts Violetta at a party. She will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. Angry, he scorns her and storms off.

Violetta and Alfredo are both miserable. Six months later, Germont finally confesses his plot to Alfredo. Alfredo regrets the way he mistreated Violetta and attempts to reconcile. Violetta, however, is sadly succumbing to tuberculosis, and bids farewell to happy dreams of by-gone days. Alfredo's father enters with a doctor, regretting what he has done. However, it is too late she dies in Alfredo's arms. 
For additional information, videos, musical samples, and cast biographies, visit pittsburghopera.org/traviata.



  • Group discounts are available. For discounted group tickets (6 or more), contact Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, x 213

Sponsors


Cast and Artistic Team

Violetta ValГry                                          Danielle Pastin**
Alfredo Germont                                       Cody Austin+
Giorgio Germont                                       Sebastian Catana+
Flora Bervoix                                            Leah de Gruyl*
Baron Douphol                                          Brian Vu*
Doctor Grenvil                                          Matt Scollin**
Gastone de Letorieres                             Eric Ferring*
Annina                                                      Claudia Rosenthal*
Marquis d'Obigny                                      Andy Berry*          

Conductor                                                 Christian Capocaccia
Stage Director                                          Chas Rader-Shieber
Set Designer                                             Julia Noulin-MГrat
Costume Designer                                  Jacob Climer
Lighting Designer                                    Mike Inwood
Wig & Make-up Designer                          James Geier
Stage Manager                                         Cindy Knight
Asst. Conductor                                       Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak
Asst. Stage Director                                 Frances Rabalais*
Asst. Lighting Designer                           Todd Nonn
Asst. Stage Manager                               Sarah Cowing
Asst. Stage Manager                               Attitra Lelehuta

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut

Related Events for La traviata 

Opera Up Close: La traviata
Sunday, September 25 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue

Opera Up Close is an in-depth look at the music and story of Verdi's La traviata, with singers and the production's conductor. Admission is $5; free to members of FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera and $50+ donors. Handicapped parking is available by reservation. For more information: 412-281-0912 or http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/opera-up-close-la-traviata

La traviata - Previews on WQED-FM 89.3 and WQED.ORG
Saturday, October 1st from 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM and
Friday, October 7th from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hosted by WQED, and broadcast over the airwaves on WQED-FM 89.3 as well as the WQED website, the La traviata Preview gives listeners an engaging introduction to the singers, music, and story of the opera. For more information: http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/wqed-preview-la-traviata

Pre-opera Talks for La traviata
One hour prior to each performance
Benedum Center

Ticketholders are invited to attend a free Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each performance's curtain in the Main Floor/Orchestra section of the Benedum Center. Learn about the composer, the story and some juicy details about the opera!

Pre-Opera Talks are free to all ticketholders at all performances.

Audio Commentary: La traviata
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 PM
Benedum Center

Ticketholders with visual impairments are invited to use Pittsburgh Opera's Audio
Description service at our Tuesday performances. Trained volunteers describe the scenery, costumes, and stage action. The listeners hear these descriptions via assistive listening devices. Those wishing to use Audio Description should reserve seats to the Tuesday, October 11th performance by contacting Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, ext. 213 or groups@pittsburghopera.org. Braille and large-print programs are also available.


Meet the Artists of La traviata
Tuesday, October 11th
Immediately following the opera, in the Benedum Center's Lower Lobby

Ticketholders for the Tuesday, October 11th performance of La traviata are invited to gather in the Benedum Lower Lobby immediately following the performance for interviews with General Director Christopher Hahn and the stars of the opera. This event is free to all Tuesday performance ticketholders.
October Brown Bag concert
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Noon - 1:00PM
George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue

You're invited to Pittsburgh Opera's free October Brown Bag concert. The program includes some of our 2016-17 Resident Artists' favorite selections. It's free and open to everyone. Bring a friend and bring a lunch! Meet the Resident Artists afterward in an informal reception.

Doors open at 11:30AM. Handicapped parking is available by reservation. For more information: 412-281-0912 or http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/october-brown-bag-concert1

COMING UP NEXT for Pittsburgh Opera:


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

 

Publish Date: 10-13-2016 07:52:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
BNY MELLON JAZZ PRESENTS JAZZLIVE
FALL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
EVERY TUESDAY | 5:00 PM 7:00 PM | BACKSTAGE BAR




Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive, a year-round FREE live jazz series taking place at the Backstage Bar, Cabaret at Theater Square and Katz Plaza. Open to the public, this popular Pittsburgh Cultural Trust music series showcases some of the region's finest jazz musicians every Tuesday from 5:00 7:00 PM in the heart of the Cultural District. From September to May, all performances take place in the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
We are excited to announce our JazzLive Tuesdays fall lineup and continue growing our local jazz community through these free performances. BNY Mellon JazzLive showcases our talented community of jazz artists and brings internationally renowned jazz stars to the Backstage Bar and Cabaret Theater, shared Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs. The fall JazzLive Series began on September 13, 2016 and continues every Tuesday night until December 6, 2016. This season will feature local favorites, as well as flavors from every genre, including Latin and reggae. The fall season will end with a holiday performance by Benny Benack III, a Pittsburgh-born musician who, at the age of the 25, is heralded as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. 
The following is a schedule of the fall JazzLive performances:

October 4, 2016  Michele Bensen
October 11, 2016  David Throckmorton
October 18, 2016  Kevin Howard
October 25, 2016  Stevee Wellons
November 1, 2016  DK Cypher
November 8, 2016  Jevon Rushton
November 15, 2016  Kenny Blake
November 22, 2016  Dr. Nelson Harrison
November 29, 2016  Thomas Wendt
December 6, 2016  Yoko Suzuki
December 13, 2016  Poogie Bell
December 20, 2016  Roger Humphries
December 27, 2016  Benny Benack III: The Holiday Session
For more information and a full schedule of the fall JazzLive performances, call 412-456-6666.

Michele Benson Born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Michele Bensen began singing professionally at age 16, performing in various Pittsburgh jazz nightclubs, theaters, hotels and restaurants. She studied trumpet for eight years in addition to taking lessons in dance, piano and musical comedy at the renowned Pittsburgh Playhouse. Michele has sung to audiences on the East coast including being the headline act on the Queen Elizabeth II and M/S Westward Cruise Liners. Bensen has been the opening act for Tony Bennett, the Four Freshmen, Lionel Hampton, Diane Schurr and Herbie Mann as well as being the headline act with her own band, "The Bensen Burners." More than 30 million children hear her as the voice of "Sara Bear" on the children's "Sticky Bear" software. Her radio voiceover work includes a national commercial for A Drug Free America . Her recording of "At Last" featuring the Pittsburgh based Bensen Burner Band was recorded in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Bensen Burner Band consists of Chris Pangikas on piano, Mike Houlis on bass, Steve Trerrel on drums, Mark Strickland on guitar and Robbie Klein on sax and flute.

David Throckmorton David Throckmorton is an American-born drummer. Picked up for the band for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. He did two years on tour. After two years with Ferguson's band, Throckmorton returned to Pittsburgh, setting up with bands here. In the late 90s, hit main vehicle was the mostly-improv fusion band Electric Eel Servie; in the 2000s, he focused on Beam, an improve live-band hip-hop hybrid with two bassists, and MC and a DJ. In 2003, Throckmorton started playing with Bill Deasy.



Kevin Howard Kevin Howard is a world class keyboardist, writer, composer, producer, and businessman. Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Kevin is President and CEO of Key Chapter Entertainment a company which includes full service recording and production. Kevin has received several awards which include three Best Jazz Performer Awards from renowned local urban radio station WAMO; the WQED Harry Schwab Excellence in the arts award; Best Jazz Performer Champions Association; Pittsburgh City Paper top three jazz performers . Kevin, along with his band served as the PittsburghКs WJJJ Smooth Jazz Band for more than two years, performing at various events sponsored by the radio station.

photo Kevin Howard.net



Stevee Wellons Each of the musicians in this group have spent years playing blues, soul, jazz and rock music around the country. The band members have known each other forever
photo steveemusic.com
and talked off-and-on about how much fun it would be working together - some day. Finally, the time was right and The Stevee Wellons Band (SWB) came to life. Working together has led the group in some unexpected directions. The Blues Society of Western Pennsylviania gave SWB the honor or representing the region for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. That experience provided encouragement and inspiration for the group to work on creating their own mix of blues and soul music. The band is taking their music out on the club and concert circuit in Pennsylvania, and working toward their first full-length CD for release later in 2016.


DK Cypher DK Cypher aka DK Anderson is a veteran Tenor Saxophonist of the Roger Humphries Big Band, RH Factor, and the Boogie Hustlers; and has been hailed as an "unique voice" and "artist to watch" by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He debuted under the name DK Cypher with the Cypher band at the Pittsburgh JazzLive Festival 2016.
Jevon RushtonDrummer and percussionist, Wm. Jevon Rushton was born on July 10, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the age of six, Jevon Rushton was already mesmerizing those around him with his dexterity as a young drummer. At age 14, Jevon made the decision to cultivate his playing by studying at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) under the tutelage of jazz legend, Roger Humphries.
Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Jevon brings a rare and unique sense of elegance, chilled composure, and gritty street grooves to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose.
Jevon has a strong dedication to community and education. He currently spends his time teaching at The Pittsburgh Project on Pittsburgh's North Side. Wm. Jevon has received many awards; The Judah Project's Excellence in Leadership, AUBA Community Dedication Award. In 2008, he was honored and inducted into the Westinghouse High School Hall of Fame. He has had the pleasure of performing with artists such as Kirk Franklin, Sean Jones, Dwayne Dolphin, Carolyn Perteete and more.

Cypher Band at Katz Plaza

Kenny BlakeInternationally acclaimed saxophonist, Kenny Blake, has been performing for over 30 years. Kenny's smooth saxophone sound has thrilled audiences worldwide yet he keeps his roots and his home here in Pittsburgh. With five CD's to his credit his wide range of styles cover everything from swing, Latin, ballads, and standards of all kinds. Kenny works with an array of top musicians and can perform as a duo, trio, quartet and can even add a vocalist to provide a one of a kind evening of entertainment.


Dr. Nelson Harrison Veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Nelson
Harrison is a musician, composer and avid jazz historian. Nelson Harrison has played with Kenny Clarke, Billy Eckstine, Earl Fatha Hines, Jay McShann, Slide Hampton and recorded with Walt Harper and Nathan Davis. He as composed more than 400 original compositions, including movie scores and soundtracks.  Dr. Harrison invented the instrument, the Trombetto, has written many articles on Pittsburgh's jazz history and is currently writing a book. During the month of April, he will be a guest lecturer at the Pittsburgh Cultrual Trust's National Jazz Appreciation Month events, discussing Pittsburgh's rich jazz legacy.

Thomas Wendt Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. A graduate of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, he has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Thomas maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh's top jazz artists such as Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, Dave & Maureen Budway, Kenia, the Latin jazz group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has also played with many visiting international artists like David Fathead Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Freddy Cole, Monty Alexander, Curtis Lundy, Wycliffe Gordon, and Javon Jackson. In 2008, Thomas played on the Emmy Award winning soundtrack for the PBS documentary, Fly Boys and in 2010 he recorded an album featuring trombonists Jay Ashby and Steve Davis. Thomas has also recorded albums with Gene Ludwig, Sandy Staley, Salsamba, David and Maureen Budway, and Joe Negri. Recently, he appeared at The 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival with jazz legend Hubert Laws and in 2013 performed with pianist Alan Broadbent for the Nyack NY Library Concert Series. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood.

Yoko Suzuki Yoko Suzuki is an alto saxophonist working in Pittsburgh and New York City. She started to take classical piano lessons at the age of six and continued on until graduating from high school. Throughout middle school and high school, she also played the trumpet in school brass bands. Then she finally switched to the alto saxophone upon joining a jazz ensemble at Osaka University in Japan, teaching herself jazz theory, improvisation and repertoire. After working as a musician in Osaka, Japan and New York City, she moved to Pittsburgh in 2006. She received an MA in musicology at Rutgers University in 2005 and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Currently, she teaches jazz history, jazz arranging, and jazz ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh.

Poogie BellPoogie Bell is an outstanding drummer, composer, arranger, and record
 producer.  He has performed and recorded with Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, Randy Crawford, and many more.  Poogie co-wrote with Victor Bailey Touch and Go the title track of Force MD's debut album that won the ASCAP Urban Music Writers award for Top 10 Singles in 1998.  He now leads the Poogie Bell Band.

from PoogieBell.net

Roger Humphries Roger Humphries is rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the business. He has provided the rhythmic beat for music legends as Ray
from RogerHumphries.com
Charles, Horace Silver, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, among many others in his brillant career. Roger has performed at Carnegie Music Hall, the Village Gate and the Apollo Theatre in New York. He has also played at the Bohemian Caverns and Shelly Manne's Manhole in Los Angeles; the Penthouse in Seattle, Wash.; Pep's Lounge and Showboat, Philadelphia; the Jazz Workshop, Boston; Ronny Scott's in London and many other great jazz destinations worldwide. He has played with a who's who of jazz titans, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Coleman Hawkins, Grant Green, Billy Taylor, Bill Doggett, Benny Green, Richard " Groove" Holmes, Lionel Hampton, , Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Billy Preston, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Jack McDuff, Gene Harris, George Harris, George Benson, John Faddis, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Milt Jackson and Jimmy Witherspoon. In Pittsburgh, Roger has performed with Sean Jones, Nathan Davis, Frank Cunimondo, Pete Henderson, Dwayne Dolphin and too many others to mention.
After playing with various groups around the country, in 1972, Roger organized his own band, R H Factor, and in 1996, he assembled Roger Humphries' Big Band.

Benny Benack III At the age of 25, Pittsburgh-born musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as a charismatic young tempeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer. As a dual-threat, he's quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. He first made his mark internationally through competitions, winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), National Trumpet Competition for Jazz (2010), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2010), and was most recently a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). Demonstrating his versatility, he also was a Finalist in two vocal competitions, the Gentlemen Sing Competition (2012) and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocalist Competition (2014).

from bennybenackjazz.com

Backstage BarThe Backstage Bar at Theater Square is a favorite Cultural District hotspot for drinks, a quick bite to eat, live entertainment, and great company through the evening.  It's the perfect place to meet before a performance, or lounge after a show, or just a great gathering place with friends and colleagues. The Backstage Bar serves an outstanding list of premium wines, spirits, specialty drinks and beers to complement the fun and casual food menu and often features live entertainment with no cover charge.
The Backstage Bar is open before and after shows and for Happy Hour (911 pm Tuesdays Fridays).  Often called a hidden treasure, you can enter the bar from behind the fountain in Katz Plaza, or through the main entrance to the Cabaret at Theater Square, under the Theater Square marquee.
For more information and a full schedule of events occurring at the Backstage Bar, visit trustarts.org/visit/facilities/backstage/.



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


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Publish Date: 10-13-2016 00:30:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contact:Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available at: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 2016 Pedal Punk 
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
ANNOUNCES 
COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES
PRESENTS 
CIRQUE MECHANICS
IN
PEDAL PUNK


Charivari

OCTOBER 24, 2016 | 7:00PM | BYHAM THEATER

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cirque Mechanics will perform Pedal Punk on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA.  This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Pedal Punk combines traditional circus disciplines with bicycles on a cycling inspired set and follows a zany bike shop mechanic as he meets cyclists, repairs their bikes and creates innovative pedal powered machines.  The troupe describes their show as a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels!


Penny Farthing Flies
Creative Director Chris Lashua had no trouble incorporating cycling into this new show, since his career has always revolved around wheels, either on a BMX bike or an acrobatic German Wheel.  In Pedal Punk, Lashua and Cirque Mechanics explore the connection between man and machine in an exciting performance.
Lashua founded Cirque Mechanics in 2004 and is based in Las Vegas.  The group delivers productions that bring together the circus arts, the theater and the mechanical for shows that blend realism with American ingenuity.  
Spectacle Magazine says Cirque Mechanics is the greatest contribution to American circus since Cirque de Soleil.
For more information about Pedal Punk and Cirque Mechanics, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/pedal-punk/

For more information about the Cirque Mechanics creative team, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/about/creative-team/.
To watch a performance clip of Pedal Punk,visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlYqCt_pteY

Siren Cycle

To watch behind the scenes Making of Pedal Punk, visit https://vimeo.com/106325642.  
TicketsTickets ($25-$45) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930




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

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Publish Date: 10-12-2016 22:19:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
September 30, 2016                                                                                                       412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL LIBRARIES


EQT Foundation sponsor of initiative at three community libraries

PITTSBURGH  WQED announces the kick-off of Inquire Within, a program in partnership between two key community institutions WQED and local libraries in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Inquire Within aspires to re-imagine media-first partnerships that create impactful educational experiences in learning for children and families. 

The Inquire Within libraries powered by EQT are excited to launch their programing with kick-off events that are full of family fun. 


Dates and locations are as follows:  


Citizens Library, Washington County                                 Monday, October 24, 5-6:30pm
Flenniken Public Library, Greene County                         Saturday, October 29, 1-3:00pm




WQED is working with local and national library partners to create and implement PBS-themed curriculum that leverages public trust with a thirst for innovation in service of 21st Century learners, by developing a community of practice that can experiment, lead and sustain a new approach to educational public media.

Collaborating Libraries choose from a menu of program options including, but not limited to: Martha Speaks Reading Buddies programs; watch parties and discussion groups around the WQED national television program, iQ: smartparent; screenings and premieres of beloved PBS shows; and Parent App-A-Thons where all parents receive free PBS apps on their smart-device and coaching on how to use them with their child.  WQED, in turn, provides the collateral, advertising, training, media and materials specific to conducting the programs.  Inquire Within is designed to encourage family engagement and love of learning through hands-on, family centered activities. 




The partnership, made possible by local financial support from The EQT Foundation empowers librarians to create innovative, imaginative programing using researched-based, parent-trusted content from PBS.

EQT has always been committed to new and innovative ways to bring education to our communities, and we are excited to be part of this new partnership linking PBS-themed content to early-childhood learners, said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager.  By providing librarians with the tools to help engage children and parents, we anticipate a new experience in libraries and community events throughout Greene & Washington counties.

This is an opportunity for WQED to impact family engagement like never before.  Our partnership with EQT Foundation and local libraries gives us boots on the ground that allow parents and their children to interact together with beloved PBS characters and programs that they have been watching for generations, said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia.  Visit www.wqed.org/education/inquirewithin to find programing near you.



About EQT Foundation
EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For more than the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.

About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).



About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer and AuthorAuthorShineOutLoud