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 PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH
20162017 SEASON



Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season.  The series proudly features four major 2015 Tony Award Winners for Best Play (A CURIOUS INCIDENT OF A DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME), Best Musical (FUN HOME), Best Musical Revival (THE KING AND I) and Best Choreography (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS).  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is presented as part of the Pittsburgh CLO 2017 Summer Season and the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh 2016-17 series. The stellar season also includes the brand new original comedy smash SOMETHING ROTTEN! 


The 2016-17 season features season special favorites, like the return of the timeless love story, DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE and KINKY BOOTS following its hugely successful first engagement in 2015.  And, by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played record breaking and sold out runs in 2013 and 2014 also returns to Pittsburgh's Cultural District.  Additional Season Specials include the Irish dance phenomenon RIVERDANCE and CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE, the new classic comedy featuring the most memorable moments from the Emmy Award-winning classic hit TV series Cheers.

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The PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America and features new touring Broadway shows and revivals direct from New York City stages. The season regularly showcases the most current Tony Award-winning performances along with returning blockbuster events and time-honored classics to all ages. Offering something for everyone, these seven season presentations and five Broadway specials contribute to the city's reputation as a major destination for arts, culture, and entertainment, attracting millions of visitors each year. The PNC Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this series that distinguishes this region and demonstrates the richness of Pittsburgh's cultural amenities. The series not only serves as an engine of economic growth but showcases Pittsburgh to residents and visitors alike.


2016 - 2017 SEASON EVENTS
FINDING NEVERLAND
Benedum Center
October 18 - 23, 2016
Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash captures the kid-at-heart, saysTIME Magazine. Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is far and away the best musical of the year! (NPR).

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A CHRISTMAS STORY
Benedum Center
November 22 27, 2016
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (You'll shoot your eye out kid! ). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family. The New York Times writes I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face. A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Heinz Hall
January 3 8, 2017
Hailed as One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway by The New York Times, this dazzling (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.  Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Benedum Center
January 31 February 5, 2017
Welcome to the ˜90s ” the 1590s ” long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as The Bard. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals ” those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything's better with an exclamation point! From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of MormonSOMETHING ROTTEN! is Broadway's big, fat hit! (New York Post). 

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THE KING AND I
Benedum Center
April 4 9, 2017
Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award-Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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FUN HOME
Heinz Hall
April 11 16, 2017
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, life affirming and exquisite new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. (The New York Times)

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Benedum Center
May 30 June 11, 2017
Presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh CLO, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!
The New York Times raves, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy! and the Wall Street Journal declares, Once you've seen it, you'll find it hard to settle for less ever again. Don't miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Pittsburgh on its first national tour!
PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season ticket holders will be seated May 30-June 4.

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 2016 2017 SEASON SPECIALS
Season ticket holders receive exclusive deals on great seats. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites patrons to take full advantage of all season ticket holder perks, including the ability to secure seats to season specials at the best price before they go on sale to the public. Season specials”listed below”are not part of the 2016-17 ticket season.
Season ticket holders are permitted to swap tickets from one of the season shows into another season show or one of the specials.
Some restrictions may apply. Additional charges for differences in ticket price may apply. Call the Cultural Trust's guest services department at 412-456-1390 for more information.



KINKY BOOTS
Benedum Center
September 20 25, 2016
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. There is no show hotter than KINKY BOOTS! CBS News

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CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE
Heinz Hall
December 27, 2016 January 1, 2017
Take a break from all your worries. Go where everybody knows your name. Join Sam, Diane, Coach, Carla, Cliff and Norm onstage as they play out the best and most memorable moments from the Emmy Award-winning classic hit TV series in Cheers Live on Stage.
A classic comedy performed in two acts, Cheers Live on Stage will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm!  Audiences will get to laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff and Norm, as Sam Mayday Malone and Diane Buzzkill Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight!   A special VIP package will allow patrons to get in on the action and join the cast up on stage pre-show for a photo and a beer.
Cheers, ranked one of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, aired for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993.  It garnered top 10 ratings for seven of its eleven seasons and often earned the number one ranking in the weekly Nielsens.   The show received 26 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.
The live show adaptation will be brought to life on-stage by Stageworks Media and TROIKA Entertainment. 

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THE BOOK OF MORMON
Benedum Center
February 21 26, 2017
The New York Times calls it the best musical of the century.  The Washington Post says, It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals. And Entertainment Weekly says, Grade A: the funniest musical of all time. Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal. It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical.  This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.


RIVERDANCE
Benedum Center
March 17 March 19, 2017
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold out run across Europe and Asia.  www.riverdance.com.



DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
Heinz Hall
May 23 28, 2017
DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE returns to Pittsburgh!  The unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music played live by an eight piece onstage band, passionate romance and sensational dancing has been seen by millions across the globe.  This timeless love story features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I've Had) The Time Of My Life. London's Sunday Express says This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!
It's the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ˜Baby' Houseman is on vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort's staff quarters, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort's sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby's life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny's leading lady, both on-stage and off.
Don't miss your chance to see this record-breaking and adventurous theatre sensation.  You'll have the time of your life!  For more information, please visithttp://us.dirtydancingontour.com/.

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TICKETS 
Season tickets range from $162-$568.  Single tickets will go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks in advance of the show's opening for most events.  Group discounts apply to orders of 10 tickets or more for most events.
SEASON TICKETS: TrustArts.org/Broadway | 412-456-1390
GROUP ORDERS: TrustArts.org/GroupSales | 412-471-6930
For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org.
PRE-SHOW TALKS The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to offer pre-show talks for the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.  How do you prepare to see a Broadway musical? And how do you know you've had a good time?  Ticket holders are invited to join Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Know The Show Before You Go.  Know The Show Before You Go provides educational and background information on each of the Broadway performances, aiming to further deepen each patron's theatrical experience.  Select company members are interviewed at the Trust Arts Education Center (805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) on certain nights of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series performances.  Know The Show Before You Go does not take place for Season Special performances.  For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.
Do not miss the TONY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY on Sunday, June 12 at the Cabaret at Theater Square.The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents this special evening celebrating Broadway's biggest night. This event includes a broadcast viewing, drinks, appetizers, games, giveaways and more!  Doors open at 7 pm. Broadcast begins at 8pm. Must be 21+ to attend. Trust Members can purchase discounted tickets. For questions, contact members@trustarts.org
Please note: Cabaret menu service will not be available prior to the event.


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




BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet, The Producers and Waitress.  Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.




PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country's largest 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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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY„c
COMES TO PITTSBURGH

HEINZ HALL | APRIL 19th-24th, 2016
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 
Pittsburgh, PA” On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world's best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY„c will visit Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh on April 19 through April 24, 2016 during a 25 city U.S. tour. The New York Times raved the show is, A High-Tech Magic Extravaganza.  THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY„c is a season special part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America. 


THE ILLUSIONISTS is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Entertainment LLC, and The Production Office. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show's creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. 
Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS hasshattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages witha mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. This blockbuster theatrical show has dazzled sold-out audiences worldwide. 
Creative Producer Simon Painter said, We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Pittsburgh for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage. For more information visit www.theillusionistslive.com
In Pittsburgh, performances of THE ILLUSIONISTS at Heinz Hall will be Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($26-$72) are available for purchase by calling (412) 392-4900, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org


For more information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, please call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org.  For more information about subscriptions to the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, please call (412) 456-1390 or email: subscriptions@TrustArts.org.  Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930, email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visit www.TrustArts.org/groupsales


About The Performers 
The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are as follows. 
The Anti-Conjuror
The ManipulatorYu Ho-Jin
Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 Magician of the Year, by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the FГdГration Internationale des SociГtГs Magiques, also known as the Olympics of Magic.
  
The Anti-ConjurorDan Sperry
Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary America's Got Talent appearance.  

The TricksterJeff Hobson 
Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don't be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.  

The EscapologistAndrew Basso
Italy's star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world's most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini's famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.  

The InventorKevin James
Kevin James known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.  


The Weapon MasterBen Blaque
Ben Blaque has established himself as America's foremost master of the crossbow after appearing four times on America's Got Talent. He performs incredibly dangerous acts of dexterity using highly powerful crossbows to shoot various objects supported by his assistant. 


The DeceptionistJames More
James More's modern approach to magic, involving fast-paced, high-risk illusion, combined with his good looks and charisma, have been witnessed by millions of people around the world. No camera tricks or special edits what you see is what you get. He takes the art of illusion to new heights, with a performance that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
For more information visit www.theillusionistslive.com
Stay connected with the magic and follow the official Instagram, Facebook and YouTube (@TheIllusionistsLive) and Twitter (@Illusionists7); #TheIllusionists. 



SIMON PAINTER, CREATIVE PRODUCERSimon Painter is a visionary creative theatrical producer who hails from London.  Simon started his career on stage as a classical violinist, and performed the lead role for Spirit of the Dance in Las Vegas. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. His two subsequent productions, Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline also broke records in Sydney and across the world and achieved critical acclaim. In 2010 Simon had five versions of Le Grand Cirque playing concurrently.  In late 2010 Simon joined forces with Australian producer and close friend Tim Lawson and began assembling the greatest magical minds from a wide spectrum of disciplines. His production of The Illusionists has already performed to record breaking crowds in theatres and arenas across the globe including Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, Simon's current projects include Le Noir (The Dark Side of Cirque) and Illusionists 2.0, both of which are currently playing extensive international tours. Simon also presented a third installment of The Illusionists (The Illusionists 1903) in January 2015. 


TIM LAWSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tim Lawson is the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with first class musicals and family entertainment with productions spanning across over 100 cities in 20 countries. Australasian theatrical touring credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy The Musical, Jolson starring Rob Guest, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, It's A Dad Thing!, Weary The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run In Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde starring Brad Little and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O' Brien. Tim's award winning production of A Chorus Line transferred to the prestigious London Palladium, and his production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently completed a 13 month tour. With partner Simon Painter, credits include Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir The Dark Side of Cirque, The Illusionists and The Illusionists 2.0, all enjoying record breaking success and extensive international arena and theatrical touring. The Illusionists 1903 - The Golden Age of Magic premieres in Australia in January 2015. www.tmlenterprises.com


MagicSpace EntertainmentMagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  Broadway credits include Donny & Marie A Broadway ChristmasThe Who's TommyAmerican Idiot and RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway.  National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters - Behind The MythsAlton Brown LiveMannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie ChristmasRAIN A Tribute to the Beatles, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ SuperstarA Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few.  Museum exhibitions produced on the road include the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net 


BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions includeBeautifulChicago, Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your FeetThe Producers and Waitress.  Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.


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

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

 

Publish Date: 03-26-2016 13:17:00
 







PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
THE NEW NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION OF
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by JACK O'BRIEN
PREMIERES IN PITTSBURGH, MARCH 22-27, 2016
AT THE BENEDUM CENTER
TICKETS ARE ON SALE! 
Pittsburgh, PA” Tickets are on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. This lavish new production will make its Pittsburgh premiere March 22-27, 2016, at the Benedum Center,
Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer'
Photo: Matthew Murphy
237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, as part of a North American tour.
Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($45-$95) for THE SOUND OF MUSIC can be purchased at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue and online atTrustArts.org/Broadway. To charge tickets by phone, call (412) 456-4800, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from Noon 4:00 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (412) 471-6930.
On Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m., PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a 30 minutes free pre-performance talk, Know the Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue.  To make a reservation and for more information, visit: www.TrustArts.org/knowtheshow.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America. For more information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, please call 412-456-6666 or visitwww.TrustArts.org.

Ben Davis, Captain von Trapp
BEN DAVIS (Broadway's Violet, A Little Night Music, La BohГme) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and MELODY BETTS will play The Mother Abbess with MERWIN FOARD as Max Detweiler, TERI HANSEN as Elsa Schraeder, DAN TRACY as Rolf and PAIGE SILVESTER as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by JEREMY MICHAEL LANUTI (Friedrich), MARIA SUZANNE KNASEL (Louisa), QUINN ERICKSON (Kurt), SVEA ELIZABETH JOHNSON (Brigitta), MACKENZIE CURRIE (Marta) and AUDREY BENNETT (Gretl).
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is also introducing Jack O'Brien's brand new discovery, KERSTIN ANDERSON as
Maria Rainer. A current student at Pace University, Ms. Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned.  This is her first national tour.
Director O'Brien had this to say about his leading lady. In looking over a great American classic, like THE SOUND OF MUSIC, sometimes you stumble on something you wonder if anyone ever saw before.  For instance, I was privileged to actually see Mary Martin in the original production ” as I was myself just a junior at the University of Michigan.  She was a great star, and she was giving a ˜great star's' performance.  She was at the apex of her career, and she was both brilliant and 46 years old.  But in reading it privately, something caught my eye:  Maria is probably, as a postulant, no more than six or seven years older than Liesl!



 She may be many things ” a country lass, a climber-of-trees, a young renegade, but she is clearly NOT an established star!  How interesting!  I've always believed Maria was a ˜star-making' part, rather than the leading role we remember from the movies and our experience; so I went looking for someone with star-making magic.  And in through the audition door one day walked Kerstin Anderson, still studying at Pace University in New York.  She opened her mouth, she sang, and the tears welled up in my eyes.  If ever there were an enchanting young woman standing on the brink of discovery ” this was it!  And now, the discovery is about to be all of ours!  Please, as I do ” welcome her!
The ensemble includes Carey Rebecca Brown, Ronald L. Brown, CГitlГn Burke, Christopher Carl, Kyla Carter, Patton Chandler, Daniella Dalli, Elisabeth Evans, Donna Garner, Meghan Hales, Jenavene Hester, Adam Hill, Darren Matthias, Kelly McCormick, Julia Osborne, Andrea Ross, Brent Schindele, Jim Schubin and Lucas Schultz.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O'Brien (credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), choreographed by Danny Mefford (Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas W. Schmidt, set design (Tony Award nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Jane Greenwood, costume design (2014 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), Natasha Katz, lighting design (Five-time Tony Award winner: An American in Paris, Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, sound design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis). Casting by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, CSA.

"Do, Re, Mi"

According to director Jack O'Brien, THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It's no longer ˜your mother's' familiar SOUND OF MUSIC. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we've all longed to create!
Producer Beth Williams (Grove Entertainment) said, It's a great privilege to bring this beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical to theaters across North America. We hope that people of all ages will continue to fall in love with it for the first time, or all over again, and that it will truly become one of their ˜favorite things.' From our distinguished team led by the creative master Jack O'Brien, audiences can expect a truly magnificent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
"Edelweiss"

In the words of Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein, THE SOUND OF MUSICcontinues to be the world's most beloved musical.  When a major national tour was suggested, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to fashion a new stage production that would re-engage today's theatergoing public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O'Brien at the directorial helm well, we simply couldn't do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony), his production is smart, focused, and surprising.  
THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013; and 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song.
For more information, please visit www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.
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Publish Date: 03-19-2016 12:08:00
 


MEDIA ALERT:

Glass Slipper Ball Featuring the Best of the Chefs Presented by Diehl Toyota


What: This Premier Chef Event is a Magical Evening of Food, Wine, Live Music, Dancing and Fairy Tales come true.  The Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs is designed to build Awareness and Funding for effective, grass roots Women's Initiatives providing Education Opportunities for Women and Girls and keeping them safe, happy and healthy.

Who:  Thirteenth Annual Glass Slipper Ball, Organized by Team Effort Events

Why: The Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs provides Critical Visibililty, Increased Awareness and Beneficial Relationships, greatly improving the chances for success of organizations who are on the front lines working hard to combat such atrocities as Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Female Genital Mutilation.

Who Should Attend: Those who want to "Party with a Purpose"

When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 7 PM to Midnight
Where: Double Tree by Hilton, Cranberry 

Media Contact:

Debra Dion Krischke
Team Effort Events
251 Westvue Road
Wexford, Pa. 15090
724-935-6100
debra@teameffortevents.com

Additional Information:  http://glassslipperball.com

Other Annual produced around the country by Team Effort Events include The Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs established in Pittsburgh in 2004, in Colorado Springs in 2006 and Naples in 2009;  The Inspried Women's Conference established in 2011 and Cocktails and Cuisine for Women in Crisis first produced in 2007.

Upcoming Events in Pittsburgh:  

Inspired Women Paying it Forward

April 6, 2016
July 14, 2016
October 6, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Cranberry
910 Sheraton Dr, Mars, PA 16046

http://www.inspiredwomen.com/

9th Annual Cocktails & Cuisine for Women in Crisis 
 Friday, May 20, 2016 
The Woodlands Foundation in Bradford Woods

CrisisCenterNorth.org 




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Publish Date: 03-09-2016 21:10:00
 

Director of SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership Keynote Speaker at Women's Summit in Reading, PA

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA Erin Andrew, director of the Office of Women's Business Opportunities for the U.S. Small Business Administration, is keynote speaker at the W.E. R.O.A.R. Summit (Women Entrepreneurs, Relationships, Opportunities, Assistance and Resources). The free event is Wed., March 30, from5 to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in Reading, Pa. Media are invited.


Women business owners and entrepreneurs attending the event have the unique opportunity to access resources and learn ways to make their businesses grow and prosper. The program is a collaboration among State Senator Judy Schwank, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, Pennsylvania Community Development and Finance Corporation, and Tompkins VIST Bank. 

The SBA is committed to identifying opportunities to the challenges women entrepreneurs continue to face. As Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, I have met women entrepreneurs around the country and they've told me about the challenges they face including access to capital, access to markets, and limited resources to scale their businesses, Andrew said. Women business owners and entrepreneurs are critical to the strength and vitality of our local, state, and national economies.  Our SBA programs, coordinated through the District Office, help women overcome the unique challenges and obstacles in achieving success.  
The SBA is excited to support and participate in W.E. R.O.A.R. Women owned small businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community, and opportunities continue to grow for women in Federal contracting and other area, said Antonio (Tony) Leta, director of SBA's Eastern Pennsylvania District Office. This conference is a great opportunity for women business owners to learn about many of the resources that exist to support their efforts.
WHATFREE W.E. R.O.A.R. Summit featuring keynote speaker Erin Andrew,director, Office of Women's Business Opportunities, U.S. Small Business Administration. Breakout sessions feature: Starting and Growing a Business; Securing Financing; Strategic Planning; and Taking Your Business to the Next Level.  Media are invited.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 305-8 p.m.
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601
REGISTRATION:  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required by calling610-898-6151 or enrolling online at https://weroar2016.eventbrite.com.
Assistant Administrator Andrew is director of the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership.  She oversees the agency's efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses through advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities.
Andrew manages a nationwide network of women's business centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories.  Her office also works with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the Women's Business Centersand to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs.
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Publish Date: 03-09-2016 18:14:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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Pittsburgh CLO Contact: Aja Jones, 412-281-3973 ext. 224ajones@pittsburghclo.org 

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Pittsburgh CLO and PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh
Announce the Pittsburgh Premiere of An American in Paris




Most Awarded Musical of 2015 to Play the Benedum Center, May 30 - June 11, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA · March 1, 2016  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will play the Benedum Center for a two-week engagement May 30-June 11, 2017. The first national tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will be presented as part of the Pittsburgh CLO 2017 Summer Season and the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh 2016-17 series.
We created the world premiere of the new musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Paris and then on Broadway, with the ultimate destination being our Pittsburgh CLO subscribers," said Executive Producer Van Kaplan. Half of our sizeable cast made their Broadway debut in our show, including our Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which for me is Pittsburgh CLO at its best: creating professional opportunities for young artists in new musicals that become tomorrow's revivals. Our desire for this show was of course the same as it for all of our subscription productions, to provide our audiences with the unique thrill of satisfyingly big-musicals without having to go to New York. They're in for a treat with this one.  
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to collaborate with the Pittsburgh CLO to bring this truly beautiful production to Pittsburgh, shared Marc Fleming, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is filled with the music and romance set to a captivating story that will delight Pittsburgh audiences.
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. 

Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, this production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards; four Drama Desk Awards; four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical; the Drama League Award for Best Musical; three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards; and two Theatre World Awards. 
The creative team is comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), 59 Productions (projections) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, musical supervision by Todd Ellison with additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A.  
The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris." 
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the ThГГctre du ChГctelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015.
The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and ThГГctre du ChГctelet.  
For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.
TICKETSSubscribe to the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series by calling 412-456-1390 or visit TrustArts.org/Broadway. The full 2016-17 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season will be announced on Monday, March 28 at the Byham Theater.  Subscriptions will go on sale Tuesday, March 29, 2016.  For Pittsburgh CLO Season Ticket information call 412-281-2822 or visitwww.pittsburghCLO.org.  The remainder of Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season schedule will be announced in early fall.
Individual tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date and can be purchase by calling 412-456-6666, by visiting CulturalDistrict.org/Paris online or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.  

Advanced reservations for groups of 10 or more for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS are now being taken. Interested parties should call 1-844-PGH-SHOW and press option 2 or 3. 
For additional information, visit: 
http://www.anamericaninparisbroadway.com/ 
Twitter: @AmericanInParis  
http://www.facebook.com/AmericanInParisBway
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PITTSBURGH CLO 
Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 20 Broadway shows (29 Tony Awards) featuring the current productions of On Your Feet, An American in Paris, 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.

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. Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.


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Publish Date: 03-03-2016 00:11:00
 



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016
8TH ANNUAL ALBERT B. CRAIG, JR. AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH



PITTSBURGH, PA, February 11, 2016  Albert B. Craig, Jr., MD served as the President of the Staunton Farm Foundation until 1991. During his years on the Board of Trustees, he gave from a boundless reservoir of creativity, kindness, and generosity of spirit, challenging Trustees and staff to search for the best ideas to improve behavioral health in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Craig brought to the Foundation the same concern for people and love of inquiry that were apparent in his career as a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Rochester Medical School. He led the Staunton Farm Foundation in its work to improve the lives of people with behavioral health issues by supporting programs of proven merit as well as those that test new approaches to advancing behavioral health. The purpose of the Albert B. Craig, Jr. Award is to recognize people who have challenged society to think in fresh ways about problems and solutions in behavioral health, to forge new paths, whether through uncommon partnerships or new ways of serving people with behavioral health issues, or who have invented a product or process that has alleviated mental illness/ addiction. Recipients of the Award need not reside in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but their contribution must have impacted individuals in this region.

The Award is funded by the Staunton Farm Foundation. It provides a cash prize of $5,000 to the individual or organization (recipient); and recognition at the Foundation's annual meeting and through public announcements. There are no restrictions on the use of the Award by the recipient.
For application and selection process, please visit stauntonfarm.org

About the Staunton Farm Foundation- The Staunton Farm Foundation is a family foundation established in 1937 in accordance with the wishes of Matilda Staunton Craig, who wanted her estate to be used to benefit people with mental illness.
Following the direction set in her will and in response to current needs, the Trustees of the Staunton Farm Foundation make grants to support treatment, services, and systems improvements for children, youth, and adults with behavioral health issues. Grants are limited to non-profit organizations that benefit people in ten counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Staunton Farm Foundation's Vision: Investing in a future where behavioral health is understood, accepted and supported.
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Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:35:00
 










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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

 

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Search: musicSPACE Spring 2016

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

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


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


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

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





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

Artist website: http://thebigbend.net/


SPACE
SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 02-06-2016 13:45:00
 






For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

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


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

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

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

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating 120 years of music in 2016, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900”including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America”the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.



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

Editors please note:

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

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

Richman                                   Fiddlesticks Theme Song          
                                                                        Ms. Williams

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

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

Astor Piazzolla                          Tango: Fuga y Mysterioso
Attack Theatre

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

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

George Gershwi                                    Fascinating Rhythm

Leonard Bernstein                     Overture to West Side Story

Lucas Richman                          Music Can Make Your Life Complete
                                                            Ms. Williams

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


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Publish Date: 02-06-2016 13:29:00
 





For Immediate Release
January 25, 2016

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




PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its second sensory-friendly orchestra performance, Heroes and Inspirations, on Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.
Led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, Heroes and Inspirations is designed to provide a welcoming and inclusive concert environment, making it appropriate for families and patrons of all ages including those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other disabilities. Monitors will provide open captioning throughout the concert, and a quiet room, headphones and fidgets will be available so audience members can regulate their sensory stimulation.
Pre-visit materials will be available online to prepare for the trip to Heinz Hall, and pre-concert activities, including a resource fair and musician meet-and-greets, will begin at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the performance. Special guests for the concert include vocalists Katy Shackleton Williams and Ricky Manning.
Tickets for the sensory friendly performance are $15 and will go on sale February 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Heinz Hall box office, or by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: 
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: 
jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org



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Publish Date: 02-05-2016 12:08:00
 



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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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Publish Date: 02-05-2016 11:09:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org  
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / 
Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: Twelfth Night




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

Sandy Foster (Feste) and

 Geoffrey Lumb (Sir Toby Belch)

 in Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'.

Photo credit Robert Day.

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


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

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

Photo credit Robert Day



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


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

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

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


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

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

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

photo credit Robert Day



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


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Publish Date: 01-29-2016 18:43:00
 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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Publish Date: 01-27-2016 18:23:00
 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has made its mark as an ensemble of superb musicianship, performing electrifying concerts year-round. Off the podium, Loh is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate. He created a very successful Apprentice Conductor Program in 2012, designed to help identify and train the next generation of young conductors.

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

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

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

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

Loh held the positions of assistant and associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he stepped in to conduct on short notice for an ailing Charles Dutoit, conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Prior to his Dallas appointment, Loh was appointed by Music Director Marin Alsop to be associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and was also music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

In May 1998, Loh received his Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting from Yale University, earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He received his M.M. in choral conducting from Indiana University while also studying clarinet with Howard Klug and voice with Roy Samuelsen. He began the DMA program in opera and instrumental conducting at IU before transferring to Yale. His received his B.A. and Certificate of Management Studies from the University of Rochester. In 2001, Loh was the guest curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for What Makes Music? an interactive exhibit, offering the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture.

Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary. Follow him on instagram @conductorlarryloh or twitter @lawrenceloh, or visit his website lawrenceloh.com

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

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

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

The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating its 120th anniversary year in 2016, is credited with a rich history of The world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900”including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America”the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.

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

Editors please note:

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

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

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

Jeff Tyzik                                              The Big Movie Suite

Nino Rota                                             Waltz from The Godfather

Richard Rodgers                                    Selections from Oklahoma

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

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

Vangelis (arr. Raine)                              Theme from Chariots of Fire

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

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

John Williams                                       Theme from Schindler's List
Mr. Huggins

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

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

John Williams                                       Main Title from Star Wars

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




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

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



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

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


photo by Rachel Neville



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

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For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 120TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 27



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

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




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



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

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 27

PITTSBURGH  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck present Alec's Playlist on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall. This innovative one-night-only concert experience celebrates the power of music to transform a moment, a scene and even a lifetime.
Actor, director and producer Alec Baldwin, a passionate lover and supporter of great music, will curate
this musical celebration with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Maestro Honeck. Baldwin, who helped shape the program with Honeck, will host the evening, revealing his favorite performances and moments in music, how and why classical music is so important to him, and how various pieces have transformed moments in his life. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky and Mahler (a particular favorite of Baldwin's), among others.
Because sharing the joy of classical music with the next generation is important to Baldwin, he has generously donated tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony to be used for students. The Pittsburgh Symphony is working with the Pittsburgh Promise to give the tickets away to students, who will be seated in a special section for the concert.
Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $105, go on sale January 27. Tickets are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/alec, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.
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Publish Date: 01-04-2016 15:08:00
 








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

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

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

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

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


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

Tyler recently garnered rave reviews for his role opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher's box office hit, Gone Girl. He will next be seen on the big screen in 2016 for Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel as the villain "Baxter Stockman." 
A philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, television producer, actor and activist, Perry continues to break television network and box office records with his unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience. It is a brand that quickly became an empire. Perry has garnered a Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Theater, the Brandon Tatikoff Legacy Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), an MTV Movie Award, over 20 NAACP Award nominations and over a dozen subsequent awards.
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Publish Date: 12-31-2015 15:19:00
 





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Media Contact:Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578Miles@TrustArts.org Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Full Media Kit for Highmark First Night 2016 is available for download:
https://pctrust.sharefile.com/d-s3d324fa7e694588b

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
COMPLETE PROGRAMMING LINE UP
FOR HIGHMARK FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. midnight
Cultural District | Downtown Pittsburgh




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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

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

Scrappy New Year

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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


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

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




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


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


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

 

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Search: 2016 Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School 
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
CITIZENS BANK CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

FEATURING 30 PERFORMERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBETWO PERFORMANCES OF 20 ACTS & OVER 300 COSTUMES
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015 | 2:00PM & 7:30PM
BENEDUM CENTER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015 | 7:30PM
TICKETS ARE ON SALE!
Pittsburgh, PA”CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, directed and conceived by critically acclaimed director Neil Goldberg, lights up the 2015 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular and returns
to the Benedum Center, Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  This show is produced by Cirque Productions.    

From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil according to The New York Daily News and a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.   This is a show not to be missedit's a cirque showBroadway musicalholiday spectacularand family show all in one. 
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle raves, Even the Grinch would be impressed with this Christmas wonderland.   Stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol' smile on his face, hails the Erie Times News about this Broadway-worthy spectacle.

The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and find the magic of the season proclaims The Oakland Press. Don't miss this international sensation that Dazzledat The Kennedy Center according to The Washington Post.

http://www.cirqueproductions.com/cirque-dreams-gallery/


In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe.  Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.

http://www.cirqueproductions.com/cirque-dreams-gallery/

Says Creator/Director Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE celebrates our brand of over 20 years with this unique holiday stage spectacle for the entire family.  There aren't enough shows today where mom and dad can bring the kids and grandparents, make it a date night, fun time for teens and entertain so many generations with˜how did they do that', ˜wow' and ˜amazing'.  This show has something for everyone.

http://www.cirqueproductions.com/cirque-dreams-gallery/


Tickets are on sale for CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE performances ($39.75-$59.75) and available for purchase at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

CIRQUE DREAMS and Neil Goldberg
Over 50 million people have experienced a Cirque Dreams show in theatres, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines, and on Broadway.  Now in its 22nd Year, Cirque Dreams shows have garnered the praise of critics around the country from USA TodayAssociated Press and The New York Times to CNNToday Show and Fox & Friends. Producer and Director Neil Goldberg has been declared One of today's leading theatrical impresarios by The LA Times and Uniquely ingenious byThe New York Daily News.  The Cirque Dreams franchise is a globally recognized entertainment brand including, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Rocks, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Cirque Dreams Unwrapped at Gaylord Palms Orlando Resort and Cirque Dreams Dinner onboard Norwegian Cruise Line.  For more information, visit www.cirqueproductions.com.

http://www.cirqueproductions.com/cirque-dreams-gallery/


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.