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Costume Volunteers Sought
For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014


MOVIE COSTUME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS CONCERT ON JULY 19

PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. or Superman. Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Publish Date: 06-23-2014 04:00:00
 

CONTACT:     Donna Baxter, President NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh
                                 412-251-000 or nawbopittsburgh@gmail.com

NAWBO Event Shows Women

How to Blog Their Way to Success

PITTSBURGH, June 21, 2014 Heads up women writers, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. This event is just what you need. NAWBO Pittsburgh brings you Pittsburgh Women Blog Their Way to Success on June 28, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll learn ways to make your blogging pay in money or credibility and more. That's right. Whether you're blogging for passion or profit, blogging can lift you to your next level. And these women will show you how:

Cynthia Closkey: President of Big Big Design, she develops online marketing strategies for small businesses and small entities. She also co-founded Pittsburgh Blogger's Directory and is a lead organizer with Podcamp Pittsburgh  www.bigbigdesign.com 







R'Chelle Mullins: Ro shares her adventures in dating with RoManticlyRo.com
which is all about the "adventures and misadventures of a 30 something gal on the verge of dumping dating." Her website, Creatively Yours, hosts campaigns and fosters lasting relationships with leading beauty brands. RoManticlyRo.com 





Suzanne Mauro: AICI, is a producer, webcaster, blogger, author, style editorial contributor, on-air fashion editor, certified professional media and fashion stylist, and mentor for fashion teen boards. Style Everyday With Suz, an inside look at the Arts, Culture & Style of Pittsburgh,  www.suzannemauro.com



 Lindsay Snodgrass:  Lindsay knows how to walk the talk. She's managed to shed and keep off upwards of
40 pounds without ever dieting.  She shares it all on Confessions of a Human Vacuum (http://humancacuum.wordpress,con),

Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different
kind of story as a new mom at DiaryofaFirstTimeMom.com.  Since Heather started to blog she has garnered numerous awards, and served as a blogger spokesperson for Little Remedies® and Playtex Baby®. 
Additional information on the event and registration at:





The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.  The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, established in 1975.

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:28:00
 
For Immediate Release            
Contact:
Marty Stahl
Cell: 412.589.2612
Randy Morris
740-593-9887                  

Volunteers of America Working Order program wins
International Business Incubator Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 20, 2014 Working Order, a program of the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, has been named National Business Incubation Association's 2014 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year in the general and special focus category. The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

Working Order's goal is to increase opportunity for self-employment for individuals with disadvantages and/or disabilities who find traditional employment requirements difficult due to acquired or developmental disabilities. Opportunities for traditional employment can be limited by transportation challenges, unpredictable changes in health, a life-long or newly acquired disability and/or the need for additional support on the job. Working Order has proven that the option of self-employment creates additional opportunities for meaningful community engagement and full inclusion in the workforce, for people with disabilities. The program provides coaching, training and referral to resources which help individuals become successful business owners resulting in increased independence and improved quality of life through entrepreneurship.

Randy Morris, director of Member Services for NBIA said, Volunteers of America's Working Order program was unique among our finalists this year.  We are pleased to recognize this small business incubator for persons with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Marty Stahl

Marty Stahl, director of Working Order said, We are thrilled to be recognized by NBIA. Our success is in our ability to provide the tools and guidance to the people we serve which results in their individual success.

Since 1996, Working Order has served 636 persons in the greater Pittsburgh area and helped 203 participants launch and/or grow their businesses in fields including graphic design, bookkeeping, tax preparation, grant writing, virtual office assistance, hair dressing, cleaning services, massage therapy, sculpture, portraiture, dog training, lawn care, accessibility construction, career transition coaching, golf instruction, event planning, care managing and more.

Outcome metrics from Working Order's 2013 survey of entrepreneurs reveal that through coaching, training and access to resources, participants have become more self-sufficient and more financially independent.

Volunteers of America has served Pennsylvanians since 1896. The agency currently serves more than 28,000 citizens annually across the commonwealth through programs located in Allentown,Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre.

People served include individuals with disabilities; at-risk children and youth; families in emergency situations; those in need of employment; elderly individuals and couples on fixed incomes; persons with severe and chronic mental illness; families with limited incomes; infants, children, and adolescents that have been abused, neglected, and/or exploited; children with behavioral challenges and educational deficits; women who are homeless; pregnant teens and teenage mothers; and homeless veterans and their families.


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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:23:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

CONTACT:    
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Announces the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will recognize seven extraordinary women for their demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community as part of the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue.

Awardees for 2014 include:
· Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Non-profit Management Consultant, Executive Director, The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation, Inc.
· Business & Professional Services: Lisa M. Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
· Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women's Empowerment Institute
· Education: M.J. Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University
· Health & Human Services: Kimberlee Evert, MPH, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
· Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, CSSGB, Project Manager, FedEx Ground
· Young Leader: La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh

We are excited to honor these seven remarkable women whose efforts and achieve¬ments have improved the lives of women and children throughout our Pittsburgh community, said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  The honorees are truly deserving of the YWCA's Tribute to Women Leadership Award. They are role models for us all and for future generations of women.

This year was particularly challenging for the Tribute to Women Selection Committee. Included among the nominees were two women M.J. Tocci and Laurel Y. Ragland who are no longer with us. In addition to the Education Award to M.J. Tocci, the committee gave Special Recognition to Laurel Y. Ragland, recent Chief Financial Officer of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others.

The Allerton Award, named after the first president of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Mrs. O.H. Allerton, was created to honor a woman for lifetime achievement.  Mrs. Allerton served as president of the YWCA's board on three separate terms; from 1878 to 1881, 1895 to 1896, and 1915 to 1916.  This special award is given, at the discretion of the Selection Committee and with approval of the YWCA Board of Directors, to a woman who epitomizes the philosophies and concepts of the YWCA.  This year's Allerton Award recipient, Mary Kay Poppenberg, is only the 13th such recipient of this honor since the inception of Tribute to Women.

Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon. Ms. Finnegan received a Tribute to Women Leadership Award in 1997 in the Communications category.
 
Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women, call 412-255-1261 or go to www.ywcapgh.org.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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Laura Harwin
Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:08:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014

WDVE PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF QUEEN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL JUNE 24


PITTSBURGH”The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with The Music of Queen on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens' vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the soaring vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, this concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen's iconic tunes with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals and energy of a live rock concert. Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury will enjoy songs from many of their albums ” forgotten gems as well as popular hits ” including Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, Heart Attack and A Kind of Magic, as Dolyniuk and his band stay true to the originals while the orchestra adds something special to the performances. Bohemian Rhapsody is just the start of the fun in this tribute to one of the best bands that ever rocked.

The band includes Havens and Dolyniuk (guitar/vocals) as well as Dan Clemens (bass/background vocals), Powell Randolph (drums/background vocals), George Cintron (guitar/background vocals) and Bart Kuebler (keyboards/background vocals). Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall during summer 2013 for The Music of Led Zeppelin.

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson's 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others. Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for seven symphonic rock programs the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson and most recently, the Music of The Who !

Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas' most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Dolyniuk has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Dolyniuk lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk's enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
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: 06-21-2014 14:59:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: TrustArts.org/press
Search: Takeaway 2014



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
THE TAKEAWAY: MADE WITH LOVE
AN ARTIST-CURATOR PROJECT INCORPORATING AMATEUR ARTWORK
July 11 August 1, 2014 | 937 Gallery | 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309p.m., during the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.


Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks”paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood”for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.

Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience, says curator Robert Raczka. I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:309 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 15 p.m.

This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka's roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal's The Progress at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka's lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art's social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.

Robert Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer, and curator, and he was previously a gallery director of 20 years. He earned an MFA in photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His artwork is in the form of photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input”either directly or through suggestions”into their artworks. Raczka's art criticism often appears in the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

About 937 Gallery
937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 125 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 14:47:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GLADIATOR LIVE ON JULY 12

PITTSBURGH ” My name is Gladiator.

The words and music of the Oscar-winning film Gladiator will ring throughout Heinz Hall when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gladiator Live on July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Gladiator Live brings Ridley Scott's epic sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards and countless other honors, Gladiator remains one of the most popular films in its genre of all-time, and its remarkable score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is still one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time.

Featuring world-renowned vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the groundbreaking score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen. Fans both old and new will experience the film in an exciting and unique way.

Tickets, $25-90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.


Clara Sanabras enigmatic voice and multi-instrumentalism features in top Hollywood soundtracks such as The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman, For Greater Glory, The Lord of The Rings in Concert and Gladiator in Concert. Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras is an exceptionally versatile musician and captivating performer. She sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud, charango, her music being as varied as her background.

Classically trained as a singer and pianist (Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona), she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music. In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Sanabras has appeared at many international festivals and venues, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival, Womad, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, KKL Lucerne, Tokyo Casals Hall, and mingled with artists from all disciplines. Working alongside Howard Shore as the soloist of The Lord of The Rings in Concert and The Hobbit, she has also collaborated with James Newton-Howard (The Hunger Games ), Nigel Kennedy, Terry Edwards & London Voices, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Natacha Atlas, Eliseo Parra, Jarvis Cocker, The Harp Consort, John Rutter, RPO, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, OAE, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Theatre of Voices, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre of the Ayre, Charivari AgrГ©able, Israel Camerata, eX Ensemble & The Dufay Collective. Her song Nada Igual, as heard in La Reina del Sur was no. 1 in the iTunes charts (Mexico) in June 2011.

Since she burst into the global music scene in 2006, with the highly acclaimed album Clara & The Real Lowdown (Smudged Discs), produced by maverick producer and composer Harvey Brough (Harvey and The Wallbangers), they've recorded another two albums: Hopetown House featuring The Real Lowdown, a collective of the finest folk, jazz and world musicians in London, and The Emblem, released in February 2012. With her latest album and after the success of her critically-acclaimed soundtrack credits and world tours, she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. Scattered Flight: Songs of Spanish Exile features stellar guests including Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi and The Elysian Quartet, and is produced by Harvey Brough and recorded by Peter Schwier (Dexys).

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), a chorus of 120 which includes a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh's oldest continuously performing arts organization. The choir, in its 104th season and sixth under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, is known for its mastery of the great choral classics. The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
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: 06-20-2014 20:33:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2014


MEGAN HILTY BRINGS THE SOUNDS OF FRANK SINATRA AND BROADWAY TO HEINZ HALL STAGE FOR PNC POPS

Weekend is first Nurses' Weekend with discounts and continuing education credit for nurses and nursing students

PITTSBURGH Seen in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wicked and 9 to 5 on Broadway and NBC's Smash and Sean Saves the World, the multi-talented Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for the final PNC Pops concert of the season, Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More on June 19-22.

Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time magazine, Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes ” including The Lady Is a Tramp, New York, New York, and I've Got You Under My Skin ” as well as Broadway classics such as Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Almost Like Being In Love and Someone to Watch Over Me. The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.

The weekend is the first annual Nurses' Weekend at the symphony with a 20% discount offered to all nurses and nursing students. (Tickets for nurses can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/nurses or 412-392-4819.) On Saturday, June 21, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will offer a continuing education course, Stress & Nurses: Taking Care of Our Needs, at 6 p.m. in Heinz Hall's Regency Rooms. Irene Kane, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.A.A., H.F.I., and Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting. A Q&A session will follow at 7 p.m. To register for the CE course, visit nursing.pitt.edu/stress.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Megan Hilty's performance is made possible, in part, by the Marvin Hamlisch Pops Artistic Excellence Fund.
Megan Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC's comedy Sean Saves the World. Prior to that, she portrayed the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash for two seasons. In March 2013, Hilty released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time, which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers. She previously starred as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing,in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Additionally, her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings. She's previously recorded vocals in Disney's The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, American Dad, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games and Robot & Monster, as well as singing as Snow White in the film Shrek the Third. Most recently, she was in Summertime Entertainment's animated film Dorothy of Oz with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele in May 2014. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star's duet album. A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked.  She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. After receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's 9 to 5: The Musical, Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Hilty has previously performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Houston Symphony and with the Phoenix Symphony. Her television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Among Hilty's film credits are The Bitter Feast, the short film The Happiest Man Alive, opposite Justin Chambers; and the upcoming Untitled Warren Beatty Project.

Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Reineke is the music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee and Calgary. As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.


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, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:
June 19, 7:30 p.m.
June 20, 8:00 p.m.
June 21, 8:00 p.m.
June 22, 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: LUCK BE A LADY: MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA & MORE
STEVEN REINEKE, conductor
MEGAN HILTY, vocalist

Loesser (arr. Barton)                                Blonde Overture/Luck Be A Lady

Coleman & Leigh (arr. Jones)                   The Best Is Yet to Come

Shaiman (arr. White)                               They Just Keep Moving the Line from Smash

Styne & Robin                                        Bye Bye Baby from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Porter (arr. Riddle/Price)                          I've Got You Under My Skin

Weill (arr. Reineke)                                Mack the Knife

Kosma, Mercer & Manilow                      Autumn Leaves When October Goes
(arr. Reineke)

Schwartz (arr. Brohn)                               Popular from Wicked

Styne & Robin                                        Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Various (arr. Reineke)                             I Hear A Symphony: Symphonic Sounds of Diana Ross

Abreu                                                    Tico Tico

Loewe, Lerner, Rodgers & Hart                Almost Like Being In Love This Can't Be Love
(arr. Jahnke)

Shaiman & Whitman (arr. Atmajian)          Second Hand White Baby Grand from Smash

Manilow                                                Copacabana

Kander & Ebb (arr. Elliott)                        New York, New York

Gershwin & Gershwin                             Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh Kay!

Arlen & Mercer                                      Come Rain or Come Shine

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Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:27:00
 
For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014


LAWRENCE LOH NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SYMPHORIA

PITTSBURGH”Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was named music director of Symphoria, a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra located in Syracuse, N.Y, the organization announced this month. He will join Symphoria at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

I am truly thankful for the experiences I have had at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, says Loh, who has served as resident conductor since 2008. I am looking forward to the opportunities that await me in Syracuse as I continue to conduct and enjoy the next season with my colleagues and friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the U.S. Loh will be the organization's first full-time music director, serving as primary conductor and providing artistic leadership for the orchestra, including major roles in programming, artistic personnel and outreach.

Larry has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the last nine years and we are honored to have had him in Pittsburgh for so long, says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His talent and dedication are undeniable. Symphoria is quite fortunate to have him as their new music director. He will do great things in Syracuse.

Along with his role as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a position he will maintain, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony began as assistant conductor in 2005-2006. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006-2007 and to resident conductor in 2007-2008. The 2014-2015 season will make his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

It has been an honor to be part of Larry's growth and success as a conductor, music director and leader, says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We appreciate the opportunity to spend the next year with him as he adjusts to his new role in Syracuse. I do not view this opportunity as his saying ˜goodbye to Pittsburgh' and I hope he returns often. He will be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill.

For more information about Symphoria, visit experiencesymphoria.org. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:22:00
 




For Immediate Release
May 21, 2014
Point Park University-produced movie ˜The Umbrella Man' to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

PITTSBURGH The Point Park University-produced feature film, The Umbrella Man, will premiere next month at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.

Directed by Michael Grasso, The Umbrella Man will be screened at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 22, in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

 The Umbrella Man is the story of a father who becomes engrossed with Kennedy assassination


conspiracy theories after the death of his 8-year-old son. Set in Pittsburgh, the film deals with one couple's love, loss, and the survival of their relationship. The film stars Carter Roy and Rachael Carpani as the married couple, as well as Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, John Amplas and Kevin Crowley.

Point Park University was the driving force in developing the original material written by Michael and Joseph Grasso. The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, mounted a staged production of The Umbrella Man in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Directed by Robert A. Miller, who also is a producer on the movie, the stage play introduced audiences to the deep human drama in an unprecedented stage experience.

Much of the movie was filmed in the Pittsburgh area last year, providing dozens of Point Park University students a unique opportunity for on-the-job training.

"Michael and I are thrilled that 'The Umbrella Man' has been included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  It was an amazing project with incredible performances and a super talented Pittsburgh crew. We are also proud to have teamed with Point Park University in order to provide their students, recent grads and alumni a chance to work on the production of 'The Umbrella Man' and gain valuable real-world experience on a feature film. It was a true Pittsburgh project, and we had a fantastic experience shooting this film in and around Pittsburgh, said Joe Grasso, co-writer, co-producer and cinematographer.

The screening of The Umbrella Man in Pittsburgh follows the announcement last month that another Point Park University-produced film venture, the 10-episode documentary series, The Chair, will air this fall on STARZ as the channel's first original unscripted series. The 10-episode series, filmed in Pittsburgh this year, follows two up-and-coming directors as they compete to make two separate feature films from the same script. More than 100 Point Park students and alumni supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees, and through class projects. Additionally, production offices were located on Point Park University's campus in downtown Pittsburgh.

Point Park University's involvement in these projects helps to expand its cinema and digital arts offerings to a wider array of students who have the desire to forge a career in the entertainment industry.
You can visit the film's IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2413958/

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:14:00
 
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Legally Blonde: The Musical
Sure to Tickle Audiences Pink June 13
We're Positive this Show is What you Want!

Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ June 11, 2014 Do blondes really have more fun? Audiences will soon find out at Pittsburgh CLO's production of Legally Blonde The Musical, June 13-22 at the Benedum Center. This mega movie hit will be brought to life by a cast of Broadway's best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. Watch as Elle Woods takes over the stage with her vivacious personality and a score sure to please.

It's here, and it's "AN ELLE OF A SHOW" (TIME Magazine). Based on the hilarious MGM film, Legally
Blonde: The Musical follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This musical juggernaut features such instant classics as Omigod You Guys, Bend and Snap, Take It Like a Man and more!

ABOUT THE CAST
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Elle Woods) most recently played Heather Stovall in Broadway's Hands on a Hardbody, a role she originated in the musical's premiere at La JollaPlayhouse. Other credits include Dede Halcyon-Day in Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater), the national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle Woods); Sophie in Departure Lounge (SPF) and Amber in Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse). Screen credits include NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want (Spiritual Sandy) and the film 27 Dresses. KathleenMonteleone.com

Annie Funke (Enid) appeared on the Broadway stage in Hairspray. Wicked, San Francisco. Off-Broadway: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (Lucille Lortel Award); Silence! The Musical. Regional: Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, STAGES St. Louis, MTW, Riverside Theatre, Casa Manana, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Annie is a graduate of the Steppenwolf School in Chicago and the University of Oklahoma.

Lara Hayhurst (Margot) recently played April in Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Company, and then made her Broadway debut this March working on Lady Day starring Audra McDonald. Other recent ˜Burgh credits include Maria in The Sound of Music and Elle in Legally Blonde, both with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Larahayhurst.com.

Jeff Howell (Dad/Winthrop) was recently seen in By the Way Meet Vera Stark (REP). Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewewith Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Land (Callahan) last appeared in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Singin' in the Rain. Broadway/Off-Broadway/Tours: Promises, Promises, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Victor/Victoria, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Legally Blonde, The Gig, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, The Secret Garden, Evita.Regional: MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Indiana Rep, Maine State, etc. Television: Boston Legal, Six Feet Under, Law & Order(s), Malcolm in the Middle, Judging Amy, The District, Crossing Jordan, Star Trek: Voyager, Strong Medicine.

Courtney Markowitz (Vivienne) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in The Pajama Game andOliver! Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde.  National tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Spring Awakening (Ilse).  Regional credits include Lizzie (Alice) - TUTS Underground; Oliver! (Rose Seller) Pittsburgh CLO; All Shook Up(Miss Sandra), Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Artpark. BFA from Elon University and a Pittsburgh CLO Academy Alumni.

Jeff McLean (Warner) was a member of the original cast of the Las Vegas production of Spamalot. Played Warner Huntington III in the First National Tour of Legally Blonde The Musical.  Was a swing in the original musical Tales of the City in San Francisco with the American Conservatory Theatre. And played the role of Clifford Bradshaw in Jason Alexanders Reprise Theatre Company's production of Cabaret.

Mamie Parris (Paulette) performed last year in Pittsburgh CLO's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers(Milly), and in the national tours of 9 To 5 (Judy) and Legally Blonde! Other Broadway/National Tour:Wicked (Elphaba), Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, 110 In The Shade. Off-Broadway: See Rock City (Dodi/Lily). Regional: Goodspeed, The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO.  www.mamieparris.com

Matthew Scott (Emmett) appeared on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim (cast album), Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair. Pittsburgh CLO; Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis), Les MisГ©rables (Marius), 1776(Courier), Swing! (Male Diva 2). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Signature Theatre, Goodspeed, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co., The Muny, The O'Neill. Recordings: Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go, and Noel and Cole. CMU Grad.

Sarrah Strimel (Brooke) is a Pittsburgh CLO alum who has performed on Broadway in: Big Fish (The Girl In the Water), The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Rock Of Ages, Catch Me If You Can. National Tours/Regional incl.,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity(Charity), CATS (Bombalurina), Lil Abner(Stupyfyin' Jones), Sammy (Hedda Hopper). TV: SMASH , Late Show with David Letterman.
Brinie Wallace (Serena) will make her debut with Pittsburgh CLO in Legally Blonde. She just completed her sophomore year at Penn State. This May she did the reading/workshop of the Broadway Revival,The Me Nobody Knows (Stafford Arima, Bryan Perri and Taye Diggs) in NYC.

Legally Blonde: The Musical is complete with a talented ensemble, including Pittsburgh CLO veterans Lindsey Bracco, Lucas Fedele, Michael Greer, Chris Laitta, Stephanie Maloney and Mara Newbery.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Charley Repole (Director) directed numerous Pittsburgh CLO productions such as: 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, Curtains, White Christmas, Annie, Copacabana and Carousel. NYC/Broadway: Dubarry was a Lady, Call Me Madam, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit (Carnegie Hall) and Lyrics and Lyricists 25th Year Celebration (92nd Street Y ). Kennedy Center: Where's Charley? Broadway performance credits: Doubles, Whoopee! andVery Good Eddie (Tony® nomination, Theatre World Award). Mr. Repole is Chairman of the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department at Queens College.

Jonathan Stahl (Choreographer) is a native Pennsylvanian happy to be back at PCLO where, as performer, he was in Oliver! and Joseph ... Technicolored Dreamcoat.  He has directed and choreographed at Westchester Broadway Theatre -- Nine starring Bob Cuccioli, Legally Blonde andThe Sound of Music.   As choreographer he has worked on Phantom at WBT, and various concert dance pieces.  He still enjoys mixing his passion for performing with directing/choreographing which he as done as an associate director/choreographer for the past 10 years for Richard Stafford.   He recently created his own cabaret show, Threw the Rainbow.

Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 19th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of Souvenir, Les MisГ©rables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently completed work on Hope and Gravity at City Theatre and Pittsburgh CLO's own Ring of Fire at the CLO Cabaret. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Reparatory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
Legally Blonde originated as a novel, by Amanda Brown, who turned her law school discrepancies into a must-read. Several years later, the book hit the silver screen in 2001 and became an instant mega hit, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Legally Blonde: The Musical opened on Broadway April 29, 2007 at the Palace Theatre. Shortly after, the musical was broadcast on MTV in conjunction with the MTV show ˜Legally Blonde the Search for Elle Woods.' The musical won three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, as well as Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Jill Halfpenny.
The Broadway production closed on October 19, 2008. The First National Tour opened to great success in the same year. Currently, the show has launched several tours worldwide, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and recently premiered to sold-out audiences at the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, Austria.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Heather Hach (Book) is an alumnae of Denver Colorado's Impulse Theater improvisational comedy group. She is an Olivier Award Winner for Best New Musical Legally Blonde: The Musical and Tony Award® Nominee for the show. She is known for her work on Freaky Friday (2003) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).

Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin (Music and Lyrics) are a husband and wife composing duo. Both are recipients of the Kleban Awards, recognizing outstanding lyrics. Their project, Legally Blonde: The Musical, received Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Score. O'Keefe has also written two musicals for Theatreworks USA: Cam Jansen, and Sarah, Plain and Tall. Benjamin and O'Keefe collaborated on a short musical entitled The Mice, which was produced by Hal Prince as a part of the three-show evening 3hree at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, in 2000.

Performance Schedule for Legally Blonde: The Musical
Friday June 13 8 p.m.
Saturday June 14 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 15 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday June 17 8 p.m.
Wednesday June 18 8 p.m.
Thursday June 19 8 p.m.
Friday June 20 8 p.m.
Saturday June 21 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 22 2 p.m.

TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call ourGroup Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV.

Media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting the Press Room atpittsburghCLO.org. When prompted, simply enter pressroom as the username and pittstadium as the password.

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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 19:44:00
 
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Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org      



(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2014-15 Calliope Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

Subscriptions will go on sale June 18 for $245.00 plus a $6.00 handling fee and can be purchased by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915

Flex-plans and single tickets will go on sale in July.

For additional information on the series, please visit our website: www.calliopehouse.org.

All concerts are held at Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
on Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM.

CALLIOPE CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15
October 18- The Duhks
GRAMMY and Juno Award-winning dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves crowds on their feet.

November 1- Danny Schmidt and Darlingside
Danny Schmidt, who is moving quickly from underground cult hero to a widely recognized singer songwriter of generational significance, and indie folk band Darlingside will each perform this night.

November 22”Janis Ian
Legendary singer songwriter whose music and lyrics are all about life experiences, and as her life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple GRAMMY and Dove awards, nominations and commendations.

December 6”John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass.
January 31”Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones & Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
Three talented artists in their own right come together to pay tribute to legendary Lead Belly.

February 28---The Holmes Brothers
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ˜n' roll and country.

March 28”Cathie Ryan Band
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music.



April 11”BГ©la Fleck & Abigail Washburn
GRAMMY winner BГ©la Fleck is considered by many to be the premiere banjo player in the world. Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before.



October 18, 2014”The Duhks                                                            
http://www.duhks.com/
Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums, the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and has played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

November 1, 2014”Danny Schmidt and Darlingside    
http://www.dannyschmidt.com/     Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years.
http://www.darlingside.com/With a quartet of distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush, dynamic musical world. The band's sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

November 22, 2014”Janis Ian                                                          
http://www.janisian.com/
In her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian won her second Grammy Award of nine total
nominations over the years in eight categories! Her 2013 Grammy, presented at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, is for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio book Society's Child (Audible.com).
Music and lyrics are about life experiences and, as Janis' life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple awards, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and commendations. Her songs have been recorded by singers as diverse as Cher, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Hugh Masakela, Nana Mouskouri, Charlie Daniels and Roberta Flack.

December 6,  2014”John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band              
http://www.johnjorgenson.com/
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass. Jorgenson and Pederson are founders (with Chris hillman) of the formative country rock band: Desert Rose Band.

January 31, 2015                                                                
Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones and Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
http://www.joshwhitejr.com/Josh White Jr. is a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children's concert performer and recording artist, teacher and social activist who became a ˜hit' literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father JOSH WHITE one night at New York's famed CafГ© Society night club (America's first integrated nightclub).

http://revrobertjones.com/Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.

http://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/ Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorkovićhas taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.

February 28, 2015”The Holmes Brothers          
http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ˜n' roll and country.

March 28, 2015”Cathie Ryan Band              
http://www.cathieryan.com/tour/cathie-ryan-band/
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Wrap this musical integrity into a consummate entertainer and it is no wonder the Wall Street Journal calls her music, a revelation.

April 11, 2015”BГ©la Fleck and Abigail Washburn        
http://belafleck.com/home-page/  Just in case you aren't familiar with BГ©la Fleck, there are some who say he's the premiere banjo player in the world. The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, BГ©la Flecks' total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.

http://www.abigailwashburn.com/website/ If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one's model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She”a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player”is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local.
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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, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of  Pittsburgh  Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 19:38:00
 
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June 12, 2014

2 world premieres, Steinbeck classic, uproarious comedy mark The REP's 2014-2015 season

˜Of Mice and Men' opens season with preview Sept. 4; single tickets go on sale Aug. 4



PITTSBURGH The 2014-2015 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include two world premieres by Pittsburgh playwrights, a classic by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck and a hilarious comedy about an American singer renowned for her lack of rhythm, tone and especially an ability to sing.

The season runs Sept. 4 through April 12, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., in the city's Oakland neighborhood.

The 2014-2015 season opens with Steinbeck's timeless tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men, directed by Robert A. Miller, Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts Distinguished Master Artist-in-Residence.

The REP will next present TomГ© Cousin directing Souvenir, Stephen Temperley's uproarious and poignant comedy about the infamous soprano Florence Foster Jenkins, whose inability to carry a tune did not prevent her from selling out Carnegie Hall. Variety called the play, "A beguiling comic jewel with a heart," and The Boston Globe raved, "There aren't many theatrical experiences as good as Souvenir."

The REP's remaining productions in the season will be two world premieres of works by Pittsburgh playwrights Gaby Cody's riotous farce, Prussia: 1866, directed by Kim Martin, and Anthony McKay's stirring family drama, Endless Lawns, directed by Greg Lehane.

The REP 2014-2015 season subscriptions, which save patrons up to 35 percent off single ticket prices, are available now and can be purchased for $64-$72. Single tickets, ranging from $24-$27, will go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. To order a season subscription, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000. For single tickets, when they become available, or more information about the Pittsburgh Playhouse, visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.

The REP's 2014-2015 season:

Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
Directed by Robert A. Miller

Friday, Sept. 5 Sunday, Sept. 21, preview Sept. 4
Rauh Theatre

Adapted for the stage by Steinbeck from his novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, and their dream of settling down one day on their own piece of land.

Of Mice and Men premiered on Broadway with Broderick Crawford and Wallace Ford, and was named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle in 1938. Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times said about the play, "Steinbeck has caught on paper two odd and lovable farm vagrants whose fate is implicit in their characters." Steinbeck's work has been revived many times on Broadway, most recently earlier this year with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the lead roles.

Acclaimed Hollywood producer, director and screenwriter, Robert A. Miller, is best known for producing The Crucible, nominated for two Academy Awards and featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen and Paul Scofield. Miller also produced Focus, starring William H. Macy, Laura Dern and David Paymer. His directorial credits include Company of Angels in Hollywood, and Bend in the River, a live PBS broadcast featuring Ken Kesey. Miller directed several plays for The REP, including his first-ever production of his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Salesman in 2008. He also directed The REP's world premieres of The Umbrella Man in 2010 and A Child's Guide to Heresy in 2011, and is a producer of the movie The Umbrella Man, filmed in 2012 in Pittsburgh and Dallas.  Miller has served as a Distinguished Master Artist in Residence at the Conservatory of Performing Arts since 2009.

Souvenir

By Stephen Temperley
Directed by TomГ© Cousin

Friday, Sept. 26 Sunday, Oct. 12, preview Sept. 25
Studio Theatre

Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Souvenir recounts the remarkable life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric wealthy socialite who suffered under the delusion that she was a great soprano when, in reality, her voice made people cringe. Nevertheless, growing fans packed her annual recitals at the Ritz Carlton hotel and single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944 sold out in two hours.  What is extraordinary about Souvenir is that Temperley has made Jenkins, for all her foolishness, a remarkably sympathetic woman. You never doubt that Jenkins has tremendous dedication to the composers whose work she massacres, wrote the New York Daily News.

Point Park University graduate Tome' Cousin is an internationally recognized director, choreographer, educator, performer and creator of musical theater works, ballets, films, new opera, song cycles and art installations, as well as a published author. Cousin has appeared on Broadway in Contact, A Free Man of Color, and Dreamgirls, national tours of Dreamgirls, My One and Only, and A Chorus Line, and internationally in Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity (Switzerland), The Who's Tommy, La Cage aux Folles, Starlight Express, and Tabaluga und Lilli (Germany). He serves as the directing supervisor for original director/choreographer Susan Stroman's Tony Award-winning musical Contact, having staged 12 companies worldwide including premieres in Hungary, Korea and Poland. Earlier this year, he directed By the Way, Meet Vera Stark for The REP. Cousin teaches at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama.

Prussia: 1866
By Gab Cody
Directed by Kim Martin

World Premiere
Friday, Feb. 6 Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, preview Feb. 5
Rauh Theatre

Written by Pittsburgh playwright and Point Park alum Gab Cody, Prussia: 1866 is a farcical examination of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his proto-feminist friends. When confronted with a difficult life decision so many have asked, What would Nietzsche do? Prussia: 1866 asks this question and finds the answer is a farce. While some of the details of Nietzsche's life may not exactly jive with the details of the play, we do know, however he was alive and 22 and living in Prussia, and was, we can imagine, a passionate and conniving young man at the time.

Kim Martin has directed The REP's productions of Becky's New Car, The Lonesome West, and Mojo. A graduate of Point Park University, Martin has directed, acted in, and stage-managed more than 150 productions. Some favorites include Glengarry Glen Ross, Guys & Dolls, Drinking in America, Deathtrap, The Dumb Waiter, Annie, La Ronde and Three Sisters. Martin is the Director of Production at the Playhouse, and serves as an adjunct faculty member instructing students pursuing a technical theatre degree.

Endless Lawns
By Anthony McKay
Directed by Greg Lehane

World Premiere

Friday, March 27 Sunday, April 12, 2015, preview March 26
Studio Theatre

Written by Pittsburgh playwright and Carnegie Mellon University professor Anthony McKay, Endless Lawns is an emotionally trenchant story about two sisters and the men who love and care for them.

McKay, who received an acting degree from CMU in 1969, has appeared on Broadway with the Negro Ensemble Company in The First Breeze of Summer and in Jean Kerr's Lunch Hour with Gilda Radner. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Moonchildren, Incident At Vichy, and Clarence at the Roundabout Theatre.

 A professor of drama and music at Carnegie Mellon, Greg Lehane has directed plays in New York City, where he was a founding member of Primary Stages Company and directed five New York premieres with that company. His work has been seen in American Regional Theatres, in Canada and in Egypt, where he was a Distinguished Lecturer in Drama at the American University in Cairo. He directed a trilogy of Greek tragedies for the Moscow Art Theatre School. He also has directed television programs for all three networks, PBS, TBS, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, USA, The Disney Channel, in London, and in France for worldwide syndication. He has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction twice.

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 18:44:00
 
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Search: Pattern 2014


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
CATALOGUING PATTERN
AN EXHIBITION OF FINDING AND BREAKING ORDER
July 11 August 31, 2014 | SPACE | 812 Liberty Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the visual art exhibition Cataloguing Pattern, a collaborative meditation on the role of pattern in artistic practice. The exhibition is on view July 11August 31, 2014, at SPACE. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, from 5:309 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

The exhibition, guest organized by Kristen Letts Kovak, investigates the links between visual, perceptual, and cognitive patterning, and it features more than 50 artworks by nine artists. Each artist chose one aspect of patterning to investigate: seriality, rhythm, rehearsal, behavior, permutation, morphology, expectation, and repetition.

Kovak's exhibition explores the diverse role that patterning can play, noting that the process of creation often follows a pattern itself: intention, execution, and then resolution. Yet, even this pattern falls apart as the artists' original intention inevitably shifts.

We constantly break our own patterns as we investigate them more deeply and uncover our faulty assumptions, says Kovak. I wondered, if the cycle of establishing and breaking patterns is fundamental to the act of making art, wouldn't it appear as an underlying theme in seemingly disparate artworks?

Each artist”through differing aesthetics, media, and content”finds his or her own balance between ordered predictability and the irregular or unknown. As a group, the artists demonstrate that breaking a predicted pattern is more significant than establishing one, and they use pattern to reveal what is otherwise hidden.
Salinda Deery transcribes the repetitive motions of factory labor into abstract paintings. She treats her large canvases like an assembly line, repeating her marks as she walks alongside the surface. The resulting paintings resonate with the history of her movements and call attention to the interruptions in her routine. She resides in Elkhart, MD.

Aaron Henderson and Ted Coffey collaborate on a series of kaleidoscopic videos.  Beginning with documentation of military drills and shopping riots, they transform repeated acts of aggression into morphing visual and auditory patterns. Their work vacillates between representation and abstraction, and chaos and order. Henderson resides in Pittsburgh, PA, and Ted Coffey lives in Charlottesville, VA.





Kristin Kest is an illustrator and storyteller. Her drawings bring to light the role of gender and class often underlying the stories we tell. While set within the context of imagination and fantasy, her characters are heroic because of their humanness”articulating moments of boldness, tenderness, and physical labor. She resides in York, PA.


Todd Keyser investigates the relationship between the mass-produced and handmade image. Working on top of digitally printed photographs, he meticulously paints color striations onto their surfaces. His marks mimic both the underlying geometry and the hidden digital pixilation. Keyser resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


Kristen Letts Kovak integrates historically and culturally unrelated patterns into singular images. By imposing patterns onto an unfamiliar context, she interrupts the established design and creates new visual alliterations. The resulting paintings continuously slide between tangents and a larger superstructure. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Maria Mangano creates mixed media and installation artworks that investigate taxonomy and ecology. She uses the repeated nature of printmaking to study visual and behavioral links between species. Her delicate pieces shed light on the fragile web of nature's interaction in an urban environment. Mangano resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


Brooke Sturtevant-Sealover studies the lives of individual plants. She intricately charts each plant's daily movements and growth patterns. Her marks are, in essence, chosen by the plants, but the method of recording is determined by the artist. The layers of collected data and live specimens become both a scientific record and a launching pad for aesthetic investigations. She resides in York, PA.

Rebecca Zilinski's ink drawings map cognitive and behavioral responses. Her work is quiet and meditative, revealing its intricacies over time. While at a macro level she is articulating a predictable pattern, closer investigation reveals the unpredictable behavior of her media. Zilinski resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

About SPACE
SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

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

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 18:31:00
 
Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
music bridging passion and place

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Resonance Works | Pittsburgh announces 2014-­2015 Season
Music collaborative forges a season of chamber ensemble and opera projects


2014-2015 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
— L'elisir d'amore - Opera's original love potion takes over the Strip District
— Amahl and the Night Visitors - Beloved holiday classic returns to Pittsburgh
— Lamentation - Andrey Nemzer and Amelia D'Arcy sing Pergolesi
— Flamenco Y Tango - A fiery and festive finale


PITTSBURGH, PA (05.30.2014)” RESONANCE WORKS, an innovative, multi-modal performing arts company announces a full 2014-2015 season of opera, choral, and chamber ensemble projects. With an eye to the alchemy between music, space, artist and audience, Resonance Works' broad range of performances will offer moments of joy, love, jealousy, sorrow, contemplation, humor, and celebration.

I'm excited to show the people of Pittsburgh what Resonance Works is really about through a complete season , says Artistic Director and founder, Maria Sensi Sellner. Our goal is to engage Pittsburgh audiences with a breadth of creative experiences through the performances of outstanding professional artists. Our projects have been designed to feature these artists and to thoughtfully re-consider the context of each work we present. This context includes the venue for each project, as well as the combination of repertoire and other collaborations. We are thrilled to bring performances to four neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and feature so many new and returning artists!

The season opens in September with one of opera's most popular romantic comedies, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, but with a bit of a twist! Director Andrew Nienaber will transform The George White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District into Adina's Cabaret Lounge, where the audience will find themselves right in the middle of the action. Carnegie Mellon alum Patrick McNally sings the role of Belcore, and favorites Christopher Lucier and Rebecca Shorstein return after last fall's Macbeth. Making her Pittsburgh debut with this production is soprano Lindsay Ohse (Portland Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest).

The first weekend in December brings a pair of Holiday favorites to the Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside. Filled with hope, generosity and holiday miracles, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors is sure to delight the whole family. A heartwarming tale of a child's encounter with the three kings on their way to Bethlehem, Amahl is paired with Britten's contemporary settings of old English yuletide poems in the Ceremony of Carols, for women's vocal ensemble and harp.

We see this as the start of a new Pittsburgh Holiday tradition, says Sellner. Amahl is a timeless tale, and we plan to explore new pairings in future years. Returning for Amahl is Macbeth director David Gram and bass Jonathan Stuckey as King Balthazar, with Pittsburgh's own Daniel Teadt as King Melchior. Mezzo-soprano Barbara LeMay (Asheville Lyric Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, St. Petersburg Opera) makes her Pittsburgh debut in the role of Mother. Resonance Works will hold local auditions in late August for the role of Amahl.

Spring brings two SonoMosaic projects. Sellner explains: Just like a photomosaic, in which a composite of images form a larger image, a combination of musical pieces can make a broader statement. This is the idea behind our SonoMosaic projects. In late March, Waverly Presbyterian Church in Regent Square is home to Lamentation, which explores passionate expressions of grief and sorrow through words and music, designed to resonate with the reflective themes of both Passover and Holy Week. The centerpieces of this program are Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, based on his eighth string quartet, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, and Pergolesi's beloved Stabat Mater. Framing these pieces will be shorter works from the 18th through the 20th centuries, including works of Bach, Pärt, and Lili Boulanger. The Pergolesi will
feature powerhouse soloists soprano Amelia D'Arcy and countertenor Andrey Nemzer in a performance that is not to be missed! Last season, Mr. Nemzer made his Metropolitan Opera debut and was winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals. Ms. D'Arcy starred in Resonance Works' inaugural production of Macbeth last fall and has appeared locally with the Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass Band, and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Flamenco y Tango is the fiery finale to Resonance Works' season - featuring mezzo-soprano Maria Dominique Lopez, tenor Daniel Arnaldos, violinist Greta Mutlu, and a collaboration with the CAPA High School Choir at the CAPA Theater, downtown. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, the program features music and dance from Spain and Argentina. Ms. Mutlu will be featured in Astor Piazzolla's Cuatro Estaciones PorteГ±as (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), and Mr. Arnaldos and the CAPA Choir will perform a set of scenes from Zarzuela (Spanish operetta).

After its acclaimed production of Verdi's Macbeth last fall, Resonance Works | Pittsburgh completes its inaugural season next week with Natural Frequency on June 7 and 8 at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh's North Side. Featuring music that evokes imagery of the natural world, this program melds works of Debussy, Barber, Copland, and Pittsburgh-based composer Nancy Galbraith with projected images designed by local photographer Chuck Beard.

Tickets and subscriptions will be available for the 2014-15 season on June 5, 2014. Tickets for Natural Frequency and a Meet the Artists Reception are on sale now.

For more information, please visit www.ResonanceWorks.org

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Resonance Works | Pittsburgh --- 2014 - 2015 Season

L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Friday September 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday September 21, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
The George R. White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera, Strip District
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

Directed by Andrew Nienaber
Conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner
Adina - Lindsay Ohse
Nemorino - Christopher Lucier
Belcore - Patrick McNally
Giannetta - Rebecca Shorstein

Join us at Adina's Cabaret Lounge and you'll have a seat at the heart of this romantic comedy! This production will put the audience at the center of the action for an immersive opera experience.

Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti
Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten
Friday December 5, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday December 6, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday December 7, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside

Directed by David Gram
Mother - Barbara LeMay
King Melchior - Daniel Teadt
King Balthazar - Jonathan Stuckey
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Vocal Ensemble

Auditions for the role of Amahl will be held in late August.

Filled with hope, generosity and holiday miracles, this heartwarming tale of a child's encounter with the three kings on their way to Bethlehem is sure to delight the whole family.

Lamentation
Friday March 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday March 29, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Waverly Presbyterian Church, Regent Square

Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony, Op 110a
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
plus works of Bach, Pärt, L. Boulanger and others.

Amelia D'Arcy, soprano
Andrey Nemzer, countertenor
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Vocal Ensemble

With sacred and secular works from the 18th to the 20th centuries, this exploration of lament in words and music is designed to resonate with the reflective themes of both Passover and Holy Week.

Flamenco Y Tango
Friday May 15, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday May 17, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
CAPA Theater, Downtown

de Falla - El Amor Brujo (1915 version)
Scenes from Zarzuela
Piazzolla - Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Greta Mutlu, violin
Maria Dominique Lopez, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Arnaldos, tenor
CAPA High School Choir - Stephen Neely, Director
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra

A fiery and festive finale celebrating the vital energy and visceral rhythms of music and dance from Spain and Argentina. 
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About Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
Inspired by Pittsburgh's industrial and economic reinvention, Resonance Works is a collaborative, multi-modal  performing arts company dedicated to exploring the confluence of music, space, artist, and audience. We provide artists of the highest caliber opportunities to realize works on their own creative wish lists, and match these artists and repertoire with complementary spaces so that each may elevate and illuminate the other. Whether we perform in coffeehouses, churches, or concert halls, our projects aim to trigger the alchemical possibilities of art, creating unique experiences that resonate with audiences and artists alike, and thus our community as a whole.

Ticketing & general questions:
resworkspgh@gmail.com
412­501­3330

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 18:11:00
 
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Contacts:
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
TRAFFIC NOTICE FOR THE
PITTSBURGH JAZZLIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL


June 20 22, 2014 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Cultural District

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the 4th Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, being held June 2022 in Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
This festival, aimed at connecting the community to jazz, will bring prominent jazz musicians and visual artists to Pittsburgh's Cultural District to present Grammy-winning performers, jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances, and visual art. More than 20,000 visitors will visit the Cultural District to partake in this year's event.

To ensure that residents and visiting festival attendees can experience a safe and enjoyable environment over the course of the three days, please be aware of the following traffic and parking provisions. Most major streets leading into and out of downtown's Cultural District remain open to traffic before, during, and following the event.

For the safety of our guests and participants in the JazzLive Festival, the following street closures will occur around the Cultural District:

WEEKEND CLOSURES, the following temporary closures take place from 6pm Friday, June 20, to midnight Sunday, June 22, unless otherwise noted:

· 9th Street from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue will be closed beginning at 10am.
· Penn Avenue is closed from Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown to 7th Street.
· 8th Street is closed from Liberty Avenue to parking lot entrances between Ft. Duquesne Boulevard and Penn Avenue.
· Exchange Way is closed from Garrison Place to Tito Way.
· Garrison Place is closed from Exchange Way to French Street.
· French Street is closed from Garrison Place to 9th Street.
· No parking at the 9th Street & Penn Avenue lot June 2022.
· No parking at the 8th Street & Penn Avenue lots June 1923.
· Liberty Avenue will not be closed.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

· Access to all parking garages will be open and will not be impeded by the road closures.

Parking and Transportation
For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit ParkPGH.org.
Parking information is also available through Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership website:
http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/getting-around/parking.

The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For information on Port Authority bus stops that may be affected by the street closures, please call the Port Authority Customer Service center at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number (412) 231-7007, for the speech and hearing impaired, or visit PortAuthority.org.

About Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Festival features local, emerging and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.

About the 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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Footloose Dances its Way into
Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season
 CUT LOOSE at the Benedum June 24-29


Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ June 18, 2014 Audiences will bask in 1980s nostalgia at the Benedum Center, where dancing will be legal June 24-29! A talented company including two of Footloose's Original Broadway Cast members will bring this dancing sensation to life on stage.

When teenager Ren McCormack moves from the big city to middle-of-nowhere Bomont, where even dancing is against the law, he's in for a real case of culture shock. After falling for the preacher's daughter, Ren really shakes things up. When he and fellow rebellious teenagers defy authority and dare to dance, the result is a fast-paced rock ˜n roll musical featuring the Billboard-topping hits Footloose, Let's Hear It for the Boy, Almost Paradise and Holding Out for a Hero.

ABOUT THE CAST
Patrick Cassidy (Rev. Shaw Moore) counts among his many credits: The Music Man opposite Shirley Jones, It's a Bird It's a Plane¦, Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti Lupone, 42nd Street, Aida, Pirates of Penzance, Leader of the Pack, Assassins, Joseph¦, Conrack, Company, Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors and Camelot. Television: Ruby & The Rockits, Bay City Blues, Dirty Dancing, Perversions of Science, the WB's Smallville, The Neighbors, Law & Order SVU, Castle,  Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, According to Jim, CSI Miami and ER.

Joseph Domencic (Coach Dunbar) will appear in his 21st Pittsburgh CLO production with Footloose.  He teaches at Seton Hill University and performs regularly in the area, most recently in Pittsburgh Public Theater's 1776.   His new children's musical, The Next Galileo, will tour area schools with Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes program in 2015.  This August he will appear in Tuesdays with Morrie at the Mountain Playhouse.

Brandon Epinoza (Chuck Cranston) counts among his many Broadway credits: Gypsy (Dir. Sam Mendes), Big, Les MisГ©rables, The Will Rogers Follies. Off-Broadway: Triassic ParQ (SoHo Playhouse),Substitution (The Playwrights Realm, Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Not Waving (NYSPF), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). Regional: Grease (MUNY, 2014), Bring It On (Alliance Theater), West Side Story (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Workshops: Found (Atlantic Theater Company), Tuck Everlasting (Casey Nicholaw, Dir.), Bring It On (Alliance Theater), Saved! (Playwrights Horizons). TV: The Leftovers (HBO), Elementary (CBS), The Carrie Diaries (CW), It Could Be Worse (Pivot).

Alex Finke (Wendy Jo) is originally from Dayton, Ohio and was recently seen as Hope Harcourt in theAnything Goes National Tour. Other roles include: Legally Blonde (Serena), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) at MTWichita, Tarzan (Jane), State Fair (Margy Frake) at Wagon Wheel. Training: BFA University of Michigan.

Billy Hartung (Cowboy Bob) appeared in the original company of Footloose as Chuck Cranston. Other Original Companies include Side Show and Minnelli on Minnelli: at the Palace Theatre.  Highlights:  The Academy Award winning movie musical Chicago (Miramax), The 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors (CBS).


Amy Hillner Larsen (Urleen) has appeared in the National Tours of: Priscilla Queen of the Desert(Swing/Asst. Dance Capt.), Hairspray (Shelley/ US Tracy). TV/Film: "66th Annual Tony Awards" (Tracy in Royal Caribbean's "Hairspray"), "Gigi: Almost American" with Josh Gad. Favorite Regional: Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl (Shelley), Footloose (Rusty), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Fiddler (Tzeitel).

Jessie Hooker (Rusty) makes her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Favorite credits: Sarah in Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep), Tamika in SISTAS the Musical (Off Broadway), Jenny in Company (Geva Theatre), Judge/Ensemble (Pilar/Paulette u/s) in Legally Blonde (National Tour) and Kate in Lippa's The Wild Party. Shenandoah Conservatory alum.

Dee Hoty (Vi Moore) has earned three Tony® nominations for starring roles in the Original Broadway Cast of Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and The Will Rogers Follies. She starred on Broadway and in eight major U. S. cities as Donna in Mamma Mia! More Broadway:  Bye Bye Birdie(Roundabout), City Of Angels (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O'clock Girl, and  Shakespeare's Cabaret. Pittsburgh CLO audiences will remember her as Grizabella inCATS and Desiree in A Little Night Music.

Jeff Howell (Wes Warniker) was recently seen in By the Way Meet Vera Stark (REP). Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewewith Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Greg Kamp (Willard Hewitt) will make his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Credits include: Catch Me If You Can(1st National Tour), Harmony (CTG/ Alliance), Titanic (Hangar), Bat Boy, Urinetown (Edinburgh Fringe). TV: The Wronged Man (Lifetime), Solving Charlie (ABC), and Past Life (Fox). Mr. Kamp is an Artistic Associate with Hook & Eye Theater, on staff with The Broadway Dreams Foundation, and a graduate of CCM.

Christine Laitta (Eleanor Dunbar) is a Pittsburgh CLO veteran. CLO Cabaret Credits: Girls Only, I Love You, You're Perfect..., Forbidden Broadway, and Forbidden Broadway: SVU. She performs her TV Tunes Sing A Long at the CLO Cabaret Late Night. Laitta recently portrayed the role of Principal Anderson in the PBS pilot Scientastic!

Betsy Lawrence (Lulu Warniker) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing as Jack's Mother in Into the Woods and a nun in The Sound of Music.  Betsy was a member of the New York City Opera touring company, Pittsburgh Opera, American Opera, as well as regular backup singer for PBS "My Music" series.   She is on the voice faculty of CMU and director of the CMU jazz choir.

Courtney Markowitz (Betty Blast/Irene) returns to her hometown of Pittsburgh for Footloose.  Broadway:Jekyll & Hyde.  National tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Spring Awakening (Ilse).  Regional credits include Lizzie(Alice) - TUTS Underground; Oliver! (Rose Seller) Pittsburgh CLO; All Shook Up (Miss Sandra),Joseph¦ Artpark. BFA from Elon University and a Pittsburgh CLO Academy Alumni.

Kristen Martin (Ariel Moore) appeared in the Original Broadway Cast of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark(u/s Mary Jane), Off Broadway: The City Club (Crystal LaBelle), 1st National Tour of A Chorus Line (Val),42nd Street at Goodspeed and Asia Tour (Peggy Sawyer), Dames At Sea at the Bay Street Theatre (Ruby), CATS National Tour (Demeter), TV: Deception.

Michael Misko (Cop/Quartet) will make his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Regional Credits: Shrek: The Musical(Shrek), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Big Bopper/Norm Petty), Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson),Dial ˜M' for Murder (Tony), The Pillowman (Katurian), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio, et al), West Side Story(Tony). Michael is a native of Moon Township.

Manuel Stark (Ren) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut.  TV: Smash (14 episodes). Broadway: West Side Story at the Palace Theatre (Chino).  Off Broadway: Venice at the Public Theater.  Encores!:Applause, ¦Superman, Little Me, The Most Happy Fella, and Irma la Douce. Regional: A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse (Paul); Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Prince Abdullah); West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse (Bernardo); Cats at Theatre Under The Stars (Coricopat).

Stephen Wilde (Principal Clark/Saloon) is from Pittsburgh, but lives in New York. MFAs: Carnegie Mellon, Moscow Art Theatre School. Broadway Tour: The Music Man. Off-Broadway: Talk of the Town. Moscow Art Theatre: Shelter, The Bear Theatre. Film: Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective. Stephen is Secretary for Board of Directors - Theatre World Awards.

Sally Wilfert (Ethel McCormack) last appeared in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of Copacabana and Les Miserables. Broadway credits include Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, King David.  National Tour: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: See Rock City, Make Me A Song, The Prince & The Pauper. Regional:  LMNOP (Goodspeed), Little Miss Sunshine (LaJolla), Elegies (Barrington Stage) Marry Me A Little (Cincinnati Playhouse).  Numerous Concerts, Television & Recordings.

Footloose is complete with a talented ensemble, including Pittsburgh CLO veterans Lindsey Bracco,Lucas Fedele, Michael Greer, Isabelle McCalla and Mara Newbery. They will be joined by 13 CLO Academy students.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Barry Ivan (Director/Choreographer) has national and international credits that range from directing at the German State Opera to guest directing at Yale. Highlighted Pittsburgh CLO credits: Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, and Les MisГ©rables. Mr. Ivan's productions of The Full Monty and Hairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical, and he received Best Director IRNE nominations for Nine and Les MisГ©rables.  Mr. Ivan directed the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical, and will be directing the world premiere of playwright Jeff Stolzer's new play Scenes From the Life Of An American Male, a comedy-drama with music.  Mr. Ivan is currently under contract developing and Executive Producing Web TV programming.

Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 19th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of Souvenir, Les MisГ©rables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently completed work on Pittsburgh CLO's Ring of Fire at the CLO Cabaret, as well as Hope and Gravity at City Theatre. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Reparatory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
Footloose burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and quickly became one of the year's most successful motion pictures. The soundtrack recording reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell more than 17 million copies worldwide, generating Top Forty hits including "Let's Hear It For The Boy," Almost Paradise," Holding Out For A Hero," and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)."

In 1996, a collaboration between director Walter Bobbie and screenplay writer Dean Pitchford led to the stage adaption of the film. Songwriter Tom Snow and Pitchford wrote new songs for the theatrical production to supplement the existing hits.

Footloose began previews on October 5, 1998 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The show made its Broadway debut later that month on October 22 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it continued to thrill audiences until July 2, 2000. Footloose has danced on through multiple national tours and productions in the UK.

In 2011, Paramount Pictures' re-make of Footloose starring Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid brought this uplifting story and electrifying music to a whole new generation.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Walter Bobbie (Book) won the Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as director of the international hit Chicago which has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Broadway direction credits include White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing. Bobbie is also an actor who appeared in a range of plays and musicals such as the original cast of Grease and many more. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Nicely-Nicely in 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for his performance in David Ives's Polish Joke at Manhattan Theatre Club. Bobbie was Artistic Director for City Center's acclaimed Encores!, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Dean Pitchford (Book and Lyrics) wrote the original screenplay for the 1984 film Footloose. He began his performing career off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards (winning Best Song for Fame, co-written with Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for Fame ), seven Grammys and two Tonys®. His songs - recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool Jay, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride - have sold over 70 million records.

Tom Snow (Music) has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture: "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose (1984) and "After All" from Chances Are (1990); and he has twice been nominated for the Grammy Award: Best Album of Original Score written for a Motion Picture -- Footloose soundtrack; and Song of the Year -- "Don't Know Much." The biggest stars in the world have recorded Tom's songs, including Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Kenny Loggins, Cher, Thelma Houston, Michael Bolton and Tina Turner. The stage adaption of Footloose features nine new songs by Snow.

Performance Schedule for Footloose
Tuesday June 24 8 p.m.
Wednesday June 25 8 p.m.
Thursday June 26 8 p.m.
Friday June 27 8 p.m.
Saturday June 28 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 29 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

TICKETS
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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 17:56:00
 
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Search: Miracles 2014


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
LA COUR DES MIRACLES
AN INTERACTIVE ROBOTIC INSTALLATION

July 11 September 7, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of La Cour des Miracles (The Court of Miracles) by artists Bill Vornand and Louis-Philippe Demers. The exhibition is on view at Wood Street Galleries July 11September 7, 2014. An opening reception takes place during the Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309 p.m.


La Cour des Miracles is an interactive robotic installation that reacts to viewers' presence in a multimedia environment. This installation follows the artists' approach to creating fictitious spaces designed for machine populations and cybernetic organism societies, in which viewers become both explorers and intruders. The title of the exhibition originates from the slum districts of Paris”cour des miracles”in which begging was a means of survival for the populations of these areas in the 1600s. Beggars in these cour des miracles faked injuries, deformities, and diseases in order to receive more alms, and once returned to their home in the slums, their ailments were miraculously cured.

By creating a universe of faked realities, the artists suggest that the aim of this installation is to induce viewers' empathy toward the characters, which are solely articulated metallic structures. Six robotic characters populate the installation: The Begging Machine, The Convulsive Machine, The Crawling Machine, The Harassing Machine, The Heretic Machine, and The Limping Machine.

Also on view is Vorn's DSM-VI, a robotic universe that stages creatures expressing symptoms of abnormal psychological behaviors and stuck with some serious mental health problems, such as neurosis, psychosis, personality disorders, paranoia, schizophrenia, depression, delirium, and other forms of behavior and mental disorders. The project title is inspired by the reference manual published by the American Psychiatric Association: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM.

Sometimes glorified, sometimes highly criticized, the DSM-V describes and classifies human behavior disorders and mental diseases. With this project, Vorn proposes DSM version VI. Just as La Cour des Miracles is conceived around the idea of the misery of the machines, the DSM-VI project pursues Vorn's creative work on the metaphor of the living by now investigating the notion of a psychosis of the machines.
The installation is presented as a tableau vivant, or living picture”a vast and complicated labyrinth reminiscent of the cages of a zoological garden or the corridors of an asylum for the mentally ill. In this strange universe made of metal scaffoldings, electrical cables, and suspended ducts, vague and evasive shapes can be seen through the haze. Mysterious creatures inhabit this place, sometimes totally uninterested when the viewers walk by, sometimes completely wild and crazy because of the intrusion in their intimate environment.

Bill Vorn, based in MontrГ©al, has been working in the field of robotic art for more than 20 years. His installation and performance projects involve robotics and motion control, sound, lighting, video, and cybernetic processes. Vorn holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from UniversitГ© du QuГ©bec Г  MontrГ©al, Canada. He teaches electronic arts in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University, MontrГ©al. Vorn is responsible for the robotic art research-creation lab of the Hexagram Institute at Concordia University. Vorn's work has been presented extensively internationally, and he received numerous awards. He has worked in collaboration with many Canadian artists, including Edouard Lock, Robert Lepage, Gilles Maheu, Istvan Kantor, and Louis-Philippe Demers.

Louis-Philippe Demers is a multidisciplinary artist using machines as media. He worked on the conception and production of several large-scale interactive robotic installations, so far realizing more than 225 machines. His robotics works are found in theater, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events, and trade shows. Demers has participated in more than 70 artistic and stage productions while collaborating with recognized artists, such as Bill Vorn, Christian Möller, Stelarc, Robert Lepage, Peter Gabriel, and Le Cirque du Soleil. His works have been awarded several prizes and featured at major international venues. Demers is associate professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About Wood Street Galleries
Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visitwww.TrustArts.org.

About the 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: 06-20-2014 17:47:00
 
OPEN CALL FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS TO HONOR REGIONAL VOLUNTEERS
26th Annual Dominion Volunteer in the Arts (VITA) Awards to honor volunteers on Friday, October 10, 2014


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 June 17, 2014

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OPEN CALL FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
 TO HONOR REGIONAL VOLUNTEERS
26th Annual Dominion Volunteer in the Arts (VITA) Awards
 to honor volunteers on Friday, October 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH”Dominion and WQED are requesting nominations from throughout western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and northern West Virginia for the 26th Annual Dominion Volunteer in the Arts (VITA) Awards.

Entries are being accepted Friday, June 6 Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Organizations involved in the arts that are interested in nominating volunteers can obtain VITA Awards rules, information and applications online. Information also may be obtained by calling or writing WQED at:

Phone: (412) 622-1380

Address: ATTN: Dominion VITA Awards
 WQED Multimedia
 4802 Fifth Avenue
 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dominion and WQED have worked in a joint partnership since 1988 to present the VITA Awards, which annually honors dedicated individuals who have given their time and talents to ensure that the arts thrive throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

VITA Awards winners are honored at an annual luncheon and presented with a grant of $2,500 for the arts organization where he/she volunteers his/her time. This year's VITA Awards ceremony will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m.

The awards are funded by an annual grant from the Dominion Foundation. The Dominion Foundation is primarily dedicated to improving the economic, physical and social health of the communities where Dominion has customers, facilities or assets. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation contribute nearly $20 million annually to nonprofit organizations.

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: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; 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 at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 10 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.

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Publish Date: 06-20-2014 17:40:00
 


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
SOME BEGINS
STORIES OF TELEPATHY AND MIRACULOUS OBJECTS

July 11 August 24, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery | 707 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Some Begins, an exhibition exploring the associative and myth-making capacities of objects and text from the collaborative practice of artists Meg Shevenock and Jamie Boyle. The exhibition is on view July 11August 24, 2014, at 707 Penn Gallery. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

"But How Am I?"

Some Begins, a collection of primarily sculptural works that exemplify what Shevenock and Boyle call their belief in the crazy spirit world of objects, marks the first exhibition devoted solely to their collaborative practice. Only very briefly, over the past seven years, have the artists lived in the same city. This physical distance between them serves as a crucial layer to their belief in the power of objects, their artistic process, and the works on view in Some Begins.

Several of the sculptures in the exhibition are arrangements of accumulated materials and objects, which the artists gleaned from daily life in their separate cities. Shevenock and Boyle's separate”yet at times almost telepathic”experiences, reflected in these physical materials and objects (which in themselves resonate with their own history of use at once understood and unknown) are conflated in these sculptures.

The diaristic configuration of the exhibition allows a narrative to unfold and repeat and overlap through objects and fragments of text.

Rejecting the classification of found objects in reference to the materials of their work, the artists place a sense of agency in, and collaboration with, the bits of material”eye glasses, pencils, scraps of written notes, threads and string”that comprise a majority of the works in the show. And, some things become other things: Shevenock and Boyle have created reproductions of some of the objects, recasting them in various forms alongside original artifacts and throughout the exhibition as a means to construct a myth and deepen the felt experience of their materiality and expressive qualities through repetition and repositioning.

Contender
In our initial encounters with these materials, the energy between self and object is palpable, heart-racing, and the ritual of picking items up off the ground feels secretive, like a code that connects us with the past vital lives of the materials now in hand, the artists state. Very often, we later find evidence of telepathic connection between objects we separately encounter; for instance, one afternoon we both picked up a pair of nearly identical, wireframe glasses.

However, while some of the work feels weighted, it also comes with acknowledgement of the absurd: Laughter and a sense of humor are also central to our evaluation”recognition that one is not alone in the world and a true miracle is sometimes evinced through the hilarious or outrageous.
A written text, a collusion of the artists' biographic details, both imagined and real, which they refer to as their mythography, accompanies the exhibition.

Some Begin to Be
Shevenock, who currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and Boyle, from Brooklyn, NY, met in 2006 at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, where they both received an MFA in sculpture. For the past seven years, they have maintained a collaborative practice”making videos, performances, and sculpture”often times relying on what they perceive as a telepathic communication with each other. The artists' collaborative practice is not about making something new; instead, they mine the details of what already exists to unearth a deeply present connectivity between both living beings and inanimate things.






About 707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 707 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visitwww.TrustArts.org.

Images Courtesy of the Artists

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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
PORTRAITS OF AIR: PITTSBURGH
A CROWD-SOURCED EXHIBITION
June 6 July 13, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery
Exhibition Opening & Reception | June 6 | 5 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the visual art exhibition Portraits of Air: Pittsburgh by Detroit-based artist Susan Goethel Campbell. Crowd-sourced during the 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, this installation is the culmination of the yearlong project, on view at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery from June 6July 13, 2014. The exhibition, made possible through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments in partnership with the Breathe Project, opens in conjunction with the 2014 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

The installation shows the results of nearly 100 8 Г— 10 in., framed spun-glass air filters placed throughout the Pittsburgh region in ordinary locations, such as the home or workspace. Incorporating photography, sound and the air filters”some of which have remained completely white while others have visible particulates”Campbell creates a visual document of the invisible element of air and invites people to think about the quality of the air they breathe.


The main goal of this project is to bring awareness to the concept of air. It moves from the local to the global and is necessary to sustain life, says artist Susan Goethel Campbell. My hope is that people will see themselves in this project and not necessarily that air is dirty or polluted. What I am most interested in are the [filters'] placements and how these individual sites helped to create a broad portrait of air.

The installation includes many air filters returned to Campbell after several months of collecting particulates, photographs of filter locations and a sound work titled Air Moves, which is a poetic, narrative documentation of the Pittsburgh filter locations as well as sites around the world where Campbell asked people place air filters. A series of woodblock prints based on aerial views of Pittsburgh and other cities in the United States is also on view.

Portraits of Air is an ongoing, unscientific project that focuses on the movement and quality of air around the world. Campbell began the project in 2009 with the distribution of 24 8 Г— 10 in., air filters to people in seven countries, including 14 locations within the U.S. Each participant in the project was asked to place the filter in a location of their choosing so it could pick up particulates in the atmosphere.

Susan Goethel Campbell is a Detroit-based artist who creates multidisciplinary work that explores the intersection of nature, culture, and engineered environments. She has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, including at The International Print Center, NY; and Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Campbell has been awarded residencies at the Flemish Center for Graphic Arts, Kasterlee, Belgium; the Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency, Rhoden, Germany; as well as fellowships at the Jentel Foundtation, Banner, WY; and the Kresge Artist Fellowship, Detroit, MI. She received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and taught studio art for 15 years at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. Campbell's work is held in public and private collections across the country, including at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; The New York Public Library, New York, NY; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH.
The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

About 709 Penn Gallery

709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.

About the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh's famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city's world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.

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


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Publish Date: 05-20-2014 18:15:00
 
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 PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
DYNAMIC PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS AND
WORLD-CLASS VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS
AS PART OF DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL

10 Days of Free Music and Art | June 6 15, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents engaging public art and vibrant gallery exhibitions as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 615, 2014, throughout Point State Park, Gateway Center, and the Cultural District downtown. Several artworks explore themes of sustainability and environmental practices, and others feature elements created through crowd-sourcing and invite viewer participation. Prominent local artists as well as award-winning national artists are featured, presenting Pittsburgh-premiere and world-premiere exhibitions and installations.

"A special programming thread is the intersection of art and the environment. Whether it is the commentary of the built environment in Alexandre Arrechea's monumental sculptures, 'No Limits,' or the gallery exhibitions and public art that reflect upon the natural environment, how we interact and impact the world around us is a core theme I hope audiences will explore this year," says Veronica Corpuz, Director of Festival Management and Special Projects, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

For additional Festival information and for a complete schedule of events, please visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.

PUBLIC ART
O:NE:KA'
Supported by Colcom Foundation
Point State Park, Reflecting Pool at the Portal Bridge
People's Clothing Archive and Library Initiative No 1: o:ne:ka' by local artist Edith Abeyta is an installation exploring collectively, opportunity, and labor. Abeyta crowd-sourced this large-scale sculpture through donated t-shirts. These t-shirts are attached to a wooden framework”spanning the reflecting pool”that forms the word o:ne:ka', the Seneca word for water. The sculpture takes into consideration the physical and historical properties of the site as well as the theme of sustainability. T-shirts were chosen as a medium in order to spur reflection on the potential impact of people recognizing clothing as a renewable resource.

BEFORE I DIE
Agnes R. Katz Plaza, 8th Street and Penn Avenue
Artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang created this global public art project inviting reflection on life and personal aspirations. Chang's art prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes, and hopes”and then share them. A large, chalk wall is marked by columns of the phrase Before I Die ____ , and the public is invited to complete the phase using chalk and their personal aspirations. Before I Die began on an abandoned house in New Orleans, LA, after Chang lost someone she loved. 475 Before I Die walls have been created in more than 30 languages and more than 65 countries, including Kazakhstan, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Iraq, Argentina, and South Africa.

DIVERSION
Supported by Colcom Foundation
Point State Park, Overlook
This sculptural installation and activity explores the misplacement of compostable items into residential waste streams. Artist Rose Clancycomments on the percentage of compostable organic materials currently being placed into residential waste streams. It encourages viewers to consider their role in the redirection of these materials”from the path of entombment in a closed cell landfill, to the path of a renewable resource that supports the natural cycle of the food web. The public will have the opportunity to create take-home compostable sculptures and will be encouraged to recycle their sculpture by later burying it in their own backyard or compost bin.

NO LIMITS
Gateway Center, Downtown Pittsburgh
Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea's No Limits creates a dialogue between art and architecture. This series of ten monumental sculptures”four of which are shown in Pittsburgh” representing iconic New York City buildings plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. The buildings portrayed in No Limits are twisted, turned, and rotated, and are fused to spinning tops, resulting in the idea of a building in perpetual motion”a building that can continuously spin, fall, or rise again.

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
THE CHINA EXPRESS
Supported by Lannan Foundation
Trust Arts Education Center, 3rd floor, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
Opening Reception | June 6 | 57 p.m.
Artist Talk | June 7 | 12 p.m.
Photojournalist Carlan Tapp presents a black and white photography exhibition that documents the people and places affected by coal shipping. This exhibition includes 40 digital prints illustrating Tapp's 1,200 mile journey along the train's route to from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest proposed port in Bellingham, WA. The images detail a wide variety of subject matter, from open-pit coal mines in Wyoming to Pacific Northwest towns and Indian reservations.  As the United States continues to lower its dependency on coal, coal companies have turned to China. Four daily trains, each with more than 100 cars of coal, are being railed from Wyoming to British Columbia before being shipped to China. For every 500 miles that each train travels, 0.6 tons of coal dust is lost per car, which pollutes communities, ranches, and agriculture.


JURIED VISUAL ART EXHIBITION
Trust Arts Education Center, 4rd floor, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
The Juried Visual Art Exhibition showcases a selection of new work by some of the most talented members of Pittsburgh's vibrant creative community. This year's show features 59 works by 53 artists. Judges include John Carson, Regina and Martin Miller Professor and Head of the School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University; Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art; and Nicholas Chambers, The Milton Fine Curator of Art, The Warhol. Awards include Best In Show ($2,500), Juror's Choice ($500 each), and People's Choice ($500 and the opportunity to show in the 2015 Festival). The public has the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice award on-site on their mobile devises.

PORTRAITS OF AIR
Supported by Heinz Endowments and the Breathe Project
709 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Avenue
Detroit-based artist Susan Goethel Campbell's crowd-sourced installation shows the results of nearly 100 air filters placed throughout the Pittsburgh region. Incorporating photography, sound, and the spun-glass air filters, she creates a visual document of the invisible element of air. Campbell's aim for the installation is to bring awareness to the concept of air, hoping that people reflect and see themselves in the project.Portraits of Air is an ongoing, unscientific project that focuses on the movement and quality of air around the world. The project began in 2009 with the distribution of 24 8 Г— 10 in., air filters to people in seven countries, including 14 locations within the U.S. Each participant in the project was asked to place the filter in a location of their choosing so it could pick up particulates in the atmosphere.

About the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh's famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city's world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.

About The 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: 05-20-2014 18:02:00
 
BEST OF HORIZONS DOCUMENTARY TO LOOK AT HIGHLIGHTS FROM LOCAL SERIES BROADCAST FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 12, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

BEST OF HORIZONS
DOCUMENTARY TO LOOK AT HIGHLIGHTS FROM
LOCAL SERIES BROADCAST FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS

PITTSBURGH”In 1968, the times they were a'changin. Richard Nixon was elected the 37th President of the United States; peace-activist and humanitarian Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; and a new television series (taped at WQED in Pittsburgh) focused on the social and emotional wellness of children called Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered nationwide.

Another program began broadcasting from WQED Studios in 1968. Called Black Horizons, this weekly series was created to focus on the arts, culture, and concerns of the local African American community, and became the longest-running minority affairs program on television. Forty years later, the program was reimagined as Horizons to include the various racial and ethnic groups that now inhabit Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.

On Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. a new documentary called Best of Horizons will premiere on WQED-TV.
Host Chris Moore will present a look back at some of the stories that defined the series, and the diverse people who make Pittsburgh their home. Viewers will learn about Bhangra, an energetic mix of Indian dance, hip-hop and gorgeous costumes from QED Cooks producer and host Chris Fennimore when he visits the Turkish Cultural Center in Dormont. Also featured will be the collection of thousands of photographs taken by Teenie Harris housed at The Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History.

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: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; 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 at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

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Publish Date: 05-20-2014 17:56:00
 
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA: NO LIMITS
A PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION OF THE
DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
10 Days of Free Music and Art | June 6 15, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the monumental sculptural installation No Limits by Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival public art program. Four nearly 20-foot-tall sculptures”originally part of a series installed along New York City's Park Avenue”will be displayed throughout downtown Pittsburgh's Gateway Center from June 6September 7, 2014.

Arrechea's No Limits is series of ten large-scale sculptures representing iconic New York City buildings that plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. Through his art, Arrechea entices the viewer to explore his or her own role in such concepts as control, power, and surveillance.

The buildings portrayed in No Limits are twisted, turned, and rotated, and are fused to spinning tops, or tompos (toy tops popular in Latin America), resulting in the idea of a building in perpetual motion”a building that can continuously spin, fall, or rise again.


With this installation, I have created a set of works that confront dynamism vs. static, the whole vs. the fragmented, control vs. chaos, utopia vs. reality, says artist Alexandre Arrechea. The series provides a new point of access from which to understand the dialog between art and architecture and how this relationship can evolve and open new doors.

We are thrilled to present a selection of sculptures form Alexandre Arrechea's No Limits series, says Veronica Corpuz, Director of Festival Management and Special Projects, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. We hope that festivalgoers will see the dynamic sculptures in relation to their own city and relate the artworks to their surroundings.

Alexandre Arrechea (born Trinidad, Cuba, 1970) graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, in 1994. He was a founding member of the collective Los Carpinteros (19912003). As a solo artist, Arrechea represented his homeland in the first ever Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), as well as the 11th Havana Biennial (2012). Arrechea was the spring 2011 BAMbill cover artist as well as featured in Hola Havana for the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of ˇSi Cuba! Festival (2011). A key source for this work is the prominence of surveillance systems and the accompanying obsession with control during our time. Works such as the Garden of Mistrust(20032005) and Perpetual Free Entrance (2006) deal with troubles of accessibility or approach to artwork. An installation he created for the 2009 Havana Biennial consisted of a steel house divided into eleven sections, the separation between walls changing daily, depending of the rise or fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In March 2010, Arrechea was chosen to create a public art program in New York City's Times Square. The video work Black Sun (2009) was a 3-D animated wrecking ball that continuously hit the NASDAQ Billboard. Arrechea's work is ultimately a provocative exercise of criticisms to the known structures of power in our time.

About the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh's famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city's world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/TRAF.

About The 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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