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Media Contacts:Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org 
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Search name: 2016 Christmas in July 
PITTSBURGH'S CULTURAL DISTRICT WILL CELEBRATE
CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2016 
AT THE PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP'SMARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
OFFERING MOBILE BOX OFFICE AND
DISCOUNTS FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS & UPCOMING PERFORMANCES 
IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT 
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016 | PITTSBURGH, PA | MARKET SQUARE 
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announce Christmas in July, a special event being held during the Market Square Farmers Market on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Downtown Pittsburgh, 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 
Christmas in July promises special pre-sale offers and discounts for select events as the holiday season arrives early in Pittsburgh. A Cultural District tent with a mobile box office will be in place for the Thursday, July 28 event for those attending the Farmers Market. 


Cultural District Christmas in July promotional offers are also available online and in person at Theater Square Box Office.  For online orders, visit www.CulturalDistrict.org/XmasInJulyand use PROMO CODE: XMASINJULY starting Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., through Friday, July 29, 2016, at 11:00 p.m.  In person, visit Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  



This promotion is not valid for previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Additional restrictions may apply.
In addition to the ticket promotions, the Christmas in July event will feature special programming by Cultural District presenting arts organizations, with a performance by Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars and an appearance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's life-sized Nutcracker.  Folks can also enjoy gathering around for a ˜selfie' opportunity to take a picture with the infamous leg lamp from ˜A Christmas Story.'  Attendees will also have an opportunity to say hello to Santa and meet several Holiday Market vendors! 
Participating Cultural District Organizations and Special Offers will be available from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.   
Please visit www.culturaldistrict.org/xmasinjuly for full performance descriptions and information on restrictions that may apply to the Christmas in July 2016 event offers. 



Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Event: The NutcrackerLocation: Benedum Center
Promotional Dates: December 9, 15, 16, 20-22, 24, 26, 2016
Special Offer: 20% Off select performances in zones 1-4 only.
About the PerformancePropelled by Tchaikovsky's iconic score, this soaring story captures the awe and expectation of the night before Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. As the colossal tree shoots skyward and snowflakes blanket the stage, the journey glides into a radiant Land of Enchantment brimming with virtuosic dances from faraway lands.  Set in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, this holiday tradition resounds with more than 150 dancers, radiant scenery, astounding magic tricks and new surprises each season. Choreography/Staging: Terrence S. Orr. Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky, Costumes/Scenery: Zack Brown.



Pittsburgh CLO
Event: A Musical Christmas Carol
Location: Byham Theater
Promotional Dates: December 9-23, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale. Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public + half-price tickets for children ages 3-14.
About the PerformanceWe've taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in your favorite yuletide melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood.  Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable CLO 25th anniversary holiday production of A Musical Christmas Carol.  With dazzling special effects, holiday charm and ticket prices even Scrooge would approve of, this Charles Dickens classic is a wonderful way to celebrate all the tradition of the season.




Pittsburgh Opera

Event: La traviata
Location: Benedum Center
Promotional Dates: October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.October 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.October 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Special Offer: 20% Offer select performances
About the Performance
Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata  the fallen woman- is a compelling tale of love, intrigue, money and power in 19th century France.  La traviata tells the heart wrenching story of courtesan Violetta ValГry, played by Pittsburgh favorite Danielle Pastin, last seen here in 2015's Cosi fan tutte.  Like so many of Verdi's works, La traviata explores grand themes through intimate family drama. Alfredo Germont played by Cody Austin in his Pittsburgh Opera debut wins Violetta's love and his father's displeasure. His father, going behind Alfredo's back, coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo because their relationship threatens his daughter's engagement and his family's reputation.  Violetta will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. He publicly denounces her, leaving them both grief-stricken. Will they reconcile before it's too late?  From the rousing Brindisi drinking song to touching arias, La traviata's singing and music are sure to delight.  Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Chas Rader-Shieber directs.


Pittsburgh Public Theater
Event: The Second City in Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)
Location: O'Reilly Theater
Promotional Dates: August 26 & 27, 2016 
Special Offer: 30% Off select performances; (Sat. August 279:00 p.m. performance only applies.) 
About the PerformanceThe legendary Second City returns with this hilarious show skewering the nation's current state of electoral insanity.  Enjoy political satire made famous by alums including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand-new scenes, songs, and improv, all performed by The Second City's best and brightest young comedians.


Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraEvent: Highmark Holiday Pops
Location: Heinz Hall
Promotional Dates: December 10, 17 & 18 at 8:00 p.m..; and December 17, 2016 at 8pm
Special Offer: 50% Off select concerts
About the PerformanceShare Pittsburgh's favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends, and thrill to the spectacle of the season. It's a sparkling celebration. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!  Artists: Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor,Capathia Jenkins, vocalsThe Mendelssohn Choir of PittsburghThree Rivers Ringers, directed by Nancy Lutz,Christopher Sanders, special guest.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Event: Peter and Paul
Location: Benedum Center
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Special Offer: 30% Offer, Price Levels B/C/D
About the Performance
The legendary and award-winning folk artists, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (from music group Peter, Paul and Mary) reunite to perform their timeless classics for one special evening. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary.  During their legendary career, the trio won five GrammyAwards, produced 13 top 40 hits of which six ascended into the top 10, and earned eight gold and five platinum albums.  The group's message is that their music belongs to everyone.  
Event: A Christmas Story The Musical, part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series
Location: Benedum Center
Dates: November 22-27, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the PerformanceA 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 double-dogdare 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.


Event: Cheers Live on Stage, part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series
Location: Heinz Hall
Dates: December 27, 2016-January 1, 2017
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the Performance
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.


Event: Cirque Dreams HolidazeLocation: Benedum Center
Dates: December 29 & 30, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the Performance
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday extravaganza. Not to be missedthis circus-like holiday stage spectacular features ornaments, costumes and acrobatics that come alive celebrating holiday themes, music and traditions for the entire family. With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the greatest variety show on the planet!
Event: Pilobolus
Location: Byham Theater
Dates: February 10 & 11, 2017
Special Offer: Save $10, Price Levels A/B/C
About the Performance
The name Pilobolus is synonymous with inventive, groundbreaking work. In signature style, Pilobolus does it once again with the intimate and imaginative full-length work, Shadowland.  Possessing the fluidity of an unsettling dream, a young girl's surreal world comes to life in this provocative dance drama. Shadowland transports audiences to her room in the thick of night, where the fantastical power of the dark unleashes a fantasy world in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways. The first theatrical event of its kind, Shadowland is a dance hybrid spiked with shadow theater, a bawdy circus with bold visual elements. With Shadowland, Pilobolus exposes an off-beat coming of age story that is both dramatic and comedic.


Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP's strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and like us on Facebook. 


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: 07-15-2016 15:55:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
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Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
is written in the stars July 26-31

The timeless story of forbidden love to make
Pittsburgh CLO debut at the Benedum Center!
Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ July 15, 2016  A gripping tragedy of love that transcends all, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA follows a courageous Nubian princess as she is forced to choose between passion and allegiance.  This poignant musical featuresHAMILTON's own Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida and Broadway's Mark Evans as Radames.
Two strangers peruse a museum exhibit and are suddenly transported to Ancient Egypt where they meet as Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess, and Radames, an Egyptian soldier betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter. Radames and Aida's forbidden love becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. As their epic story draws to a close, our pair of strangers resume their visit to the museum where they find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. The unforgettable Grammy Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice features soaring ballads including Billboard hit Written in the Stars.


ABOUT THE CAST
Kathryn Boswell (Amneris)
 is making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Most recent credits: Gigi (Broadway, Kennedy Center), First Daughter Suite (Sundance Institute), Play it by Heart (Human Race Theatre Company) and Les MisГrables (Music Theatre of Wichita). TV: High Maintenance (HBO).

Mark Evans (Radames) is also joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. U.S: The Fix - Signature Theatre, The Book Of Mormon - First National Tour (2014 Helen Hayes nom.). West End: Ghost The MusicalWickedHigh School Musical and Spamalot. U.K./Regional Tours: Oklahoma!The Rocky Horror ShowSeven Brides For Seven Brothers and Cinderella. TV/Film: The Tower Of SilenceDead HungryLake Placid 3 and Eurovision Your Country Needs You. Workshops: Anastasia. Concert: Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai), Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall). Recording: The Journey Home & The Journey Home Deluxe Edition (solo albums). Author: Secrets Of Stage Success.
KAT GEERTSEN, KYLE MCCLELLAN, ERIK HERNANDEZ, ZAKIYA YOUNG & XIMONE ROSE IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JZAKIYA YOUNG  & ANDREW SAMONSKY IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JOHN'S AIDA 
PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER CLARK

Monteze Freeland (Amonasro) has worked with the Arena Players, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Kuntu Rep (Radio Golf), Pittsburgh Playwrights (The Piano Lesson), City Theatre, Quantum Theatre (The Electric Baby) and many more in the Pittsburgh region. He is also the Artistic Director of The LAB Project. Freeland is a new member of Actors' Equity.

Jeffrey Howell (Pharaohreturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in shows such as: Damn YankeesMan of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Singin' in the RainSunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ SuperstarJekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Gameand The Most Happy Fella.  He was also seen at the REP in Choir Boy and Souvenir. Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still,Chicago and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.

Fred Inkley (Zoser) joins Pittsburgh CLO again after appearing inLes MisГrables (Valjean).  Broadway: Les MisГrables (Valjean),Annie (Drake, FDR, Bert Healy), The Addams Family (Lurch, Mal Beineke), Company, Lincoln Center (Vocal Minority), A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver), The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant),The Nutty Professor (Murray and Maury) and Birdland. Tour: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and Les MisГrables (Valjean). Regional: Ever After (Auguste), Paper Mill Playhouse, Les MisГrables (Valjean), North Shore Music Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll, Hyde), Ritz Theater, Boston Pops Guest Artist. He is a member of Actors' Equity.

ZAKIYA YOUNG  & ANDREW SAMONSKY IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JOHN'S AIDA PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER CLARK



Emmy Raver-Lampman (Aida) appears with Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Broadway credits include: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast), A Night With Janis Joplin (Original Broadway Cast), Jekyll & Hyde and Hair. National Tour: Wicked (Elphaba standby). Other Favorites: The SpongeBob Musical (Pre-Broadway Chicago Production), Children of Eden (APAC).  She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Lamont Walker II (Merebis currently a senior at Point Park University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Other Credits include: Bill Hanney's Theatre by the Sea's West Side Story andThe Buddy Holly StoryA Lesson Before Dying (Jefferson) with Primestage, Choir Boy (AJ) with The Pittsburgh REP, Pittsburgh Playwrights, and others.
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is complete with a talented ensemble, including Cameron Amandus, Christopher Campbell, Ryan Cavanaugh, Gerald Caesar, Ixchel Cuellar, Mike Greer, Mya'la Herrold,  Justin Lonesome, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Billy Mason, Mara Newbery, JJ Niemann, Emily Nies, Kate Margalite, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Taylor Kellas Warren and Ross Yoder.



ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Barry Ivan (Director; Choreographer)
 has directed numerous productions for Pittsburgh CLO including The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, Footloose, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Les MisГrables. National and international credits range from directing at the German State Opera to directing at Yale. His productions of The Full Monty and Hairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical and he received IRNE nominations as Best Director for Nine and Les MisГrables. Mr. Ivan directed the US premiere of Dracula, A Chamber Musical and is slated to direct the world premiere of Jeff Stolzer's comedy-drama Power Plays. Mr. Ivan is currently producing and developing multiple projects for the stage and television.

Tom Helm (Music Directorreturns for his 21st season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of SouvenirLes MisГrablesMe and My GirlCATSand Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Paul Miller (Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO where he previously lent his talents to Legally Blonde.  Broadway:Amazing Grace, Legally Blonde, Freshly SqueezedLaughing Room Only; Irma La Douce, Where's Charley?, Lost in the Stars, Of Thee I Sing and Music in the Air (Encores).  Off-Broadway: Out Of The Mouths Of BabesClinton The Musical, Lucky Guy, Nunsense,Vanities The Musical, Waiting for GodotAddicted and Balancing Act.  Regional: Stratford Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Bay Street, Lookingglass and Goodspeed. Tours: Elf, Shrek the MusicalStorytime Live, Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Nunsense, Scooby Doo andThe Sound of Music. Television: Live from Lincoln Center; New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square.


HISTORY OF THE SHOW
With stirring music and an eloquent book, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA follows the same story of conflict and timeless love chronicled in the 19th century opera of the same name by Giuseppe Verdi.
The musical first astounded audiences with its Broadway premiere in March of 2000.  The production continued to inspire New York audiences until 2004 when it closed after nearly 2,000 performances.  Following its Broadway run, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA hit the road with multiple National Tours, international productions and regional theater performances across the country.
It won four Tony Awards including Best Original Score and a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Contemporary musical legend and composer Elton John recorded the musical's showstopper Written in the Stars with LeAnn Rimes, which topped the Billboard adult contemporary music charts.


ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang (Book)
wrote the book for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA. The creative team collaborated in the midst of successful individual careers.  Woolverton's notable credits include script-writing for Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  She also co-wrote the script for Disney's The Lion King and Homeword Bound: The Incredible Journey.   Robert Falls is a Broadway director and writer whose work includes Death of a SalesmanThe Speed of Darkness andChinglish, among many others.  Falls has won the Tony Regional Theatre Award and a Tony for Best Direction for Death of a Salesman. David Henry Hwang is a critically acclaimed playwright and opera librettist best known for writing M. Butterfly, for which he won a Tony Award, Drama Desk„c Award and Outer Critics Circle„c Award. Other notable credits include Disney's Tarzan,Golden ChildYellow FaceChinglish1000 Airplanes on the Roof,An American Soldier and Dream of the Red Chamber.
Elton John (Musicis the musical genius behind Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA, among many of today's contemporary classics and biggest hits.  He has earned 38 gold and 27 platinum or multi-platinum albums, sold more than 250 million records and holds the record for largest selling single of all time. He has toured the world since 1969 with the Elton John band. John's compositions for 1994 Disney animation film The Lion King won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.  In 1998, he composed for The Lion King on Broadway which won six Tonys. In 2000 he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for AIDA. John also wrote for Billy Elliot the Musical, which won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Musical.  Additionally, John has earned five Grammy Awards.

Tim Rice (Lyrics) is one of the most accomplished lyricists and librettists of today.  His work spans multiple genres, decades and has been recognized with a myriad of awards.  His collaborative work with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar earned him international fame as well as a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. The pair again achieved greatness with Broadway hit Evita which won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. In 1982, Rice's contributions to Broadway sensation Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat garnered Tony nominations for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Following Joseph, Rice lent his talents to Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.Subsequently, he worked on Blondel and Chess. Rice collaborated with Elton John for the Disney movie and later stage adaptation ofThe Lion King. He also wrote for the Disney animated film Aladdin, which also appeared on Broadway and earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. Additionally, Rice has won three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and a Grammy.
Performance Schedule for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
TuesdayJuly 268 p.m.
WednesdayJuly 278 p.m.
ThursdayJuly 288 p.m.
FridayJuly 298 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 302 p.m. and 8 p.m.
SundayJuly 312 p.m. and 7 p.m.
TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $25. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

 

Publish Date: 07-14-2016 13:55:00
 



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

Know an individual, company, or organization that is committed to eliminating racism?
Nominate them for a 2016 Racial Justice Award!

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 8, 2016): YWCA Greater Pittsburgh seeks socially conscious individuals, companies, and organizations who encourage social justice, promote institutional transformation, and enhance racial equity in their community, field, or organization. Visit www.ywcapgh.org to submit your nomination for the 2016 Racial Justice Awards before the July 27th deadline.

The YW's Racial Justice Awards seeks to recognize those who contribute to a society in which all people receive equal treatment and have equal access in the workplace, public services, justice system, classroom, and throughout the Greater Pittsburgh community. Over the past two decades, YWCA has recognized more than 100 community leaders who have made substantial commitments to racial equity. 

In honor of the 25th Racial Justice Awards, we look forward to inviting back and recognizing all past awardees at this special Silver Celebration. says Chaz Kellem, Senior Director, Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity. 



We invite nominations from individuals, businesses, professional groups, or neighborhood and community organizations in the following eight categories: Arts, Community Engagement, Business & Professional Services, Education, Faith, Health, Public Service & Safety and Youth Achievement. Awardees will be selected by YWCA's 2016 Racial Justice Awards Selection Committee. This diverse group of professionals will represent leaders across the eight award categories.

Awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 6:30 PM. The Omni William Penn Hotel on 530 William Penn Place will host the event.

Proceeds from the dinner will help improve the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women, girls, families, and marginalized communities served by the YW. For sponsorship opportunities or other additional information, call 412-555-1270 or visit www.ywcapgh.org.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We envision a community that advances education, opportunity, and equity regardless of gender, race, or background. For more information about YW programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.



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Publish Date: 07-14-2016 13:46:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, (412) 471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 1617 Cabaret

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
2016-2017 TRUST CABARET SERIES
FEATURING
BILLY PORTER
KAREN MASON
JAMES MONROE IGLEHART
JUDY KUHN
LEA SALONGA


CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE | 655 PENN AVENUE | CULTURAL DISTRICT


Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the fifth season for the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series. This series is comprised of Broadway's best performers and provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the featured cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate 250-seat Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
The 2016-2017 Trust Cabaret season maintains a high standard of quality and showcases a diverse lineup of bright stars including Tony award winners and the singing voices of some of Disney's most iconic characters.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to begin the TRUST Cabaret season with Tony Award winner and Pittsburgh Native, Billy Porter, shared Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  I can't imagine a better way to start this spectacular season which will also include the talents of Karen Mason whose Broadway credits include Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard;  James Monroe Iglehart who received a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of Aladdin;  Judy Kuhn, leading actor in the Tony Award winning musical Fun Home and the incomparable Lea Salonga whose extensive list of credits include a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Kim in Miss Saigon and who served as the singing voice of Disney characters Mulan and Jasmine.  It is exciting to give people access to such a diverse group of artists of this caliber.

Subscription packages for the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series will go on sale today, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Single tickets will go on sale Friday, August 19, 2016.  TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Series subscriptions include all five performances and are available as follows: Tables and Hi-top seating subscriptions are $300; Theater seating subscriptions are $250.  For subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Accessible services are available. Table and hi-top seating for single tickets: $65; Theater seating for single tickets: $55. Full tables are also available. 
For information, call (412) 456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/Cabaret Series or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater Square.  Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar.  Theater Square also offers convenient parking.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.

BILLY PORTER: BROADWAY AND SOUL | Monday, October 17Billy Porter won a

Tony Award for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. His other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, and Smokey Joe's CafГ. Off-Broadway, in addition to appearing in the Signature Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Angels in America, he was seen in The Merchant of Venice, House of Lear, and Radiant Baby (Public Theater), Birdie Blue (Second Stage Theatre), Songs for a New World (WPA Theater), King Lear and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (both for Exit, Pursued by A Bear), as well as his one-man show, Ghetto Superstar. His film and television credits include the Sundance Film Festival features The Broken Hearts Club and Intern, The Humbling, Noel, the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle & Roll as Little Richard, Twisted, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and The Tonight Show. A Grammy Award winner, Porter's concert credits include opening acts for Rosie O'Donnell and Aretha Franklin, performances at Carnegie Hall, with John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as with The Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, and The Boston Pops. Also a writer, his play While I Yet Live was produced last year at Primary Stages. Starting March 2016, he will appear alongside Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Broadway's highly-anticipated Shuffle Along. In this intimate concert, BILLY PORTER: BROADWAY AND SOUL, Porter presents an evening of songs and stories from his experiences on the Great White Way. Along with James Sampliner, his long-time music director and collaborator, Billy has translated some of the most iconic Broadway music of the past eight decades into African American idioms, including soul, gospel, hip-hop, funk and R&B. A musical evening that will have you dancing in your seat!

KAREN MASON | Monday, November 14Karen Mason has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds! (Chicago Tribune). She has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and cabaret, winning numerous awards that include 10 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards (MAC), an Emmy Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, 3 Bistros Awards, a Nightlife Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. Karen received rave reviews when she stepped into the starring role of Norma Desmond in the Los Angeles and Broadway companies of Sunset Boulevard, and received critical acclaim as Tanya in the original Broadway cast ofMamma Mia! Other Broadway credits include Wonderland, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Torch Song Trilogy. She has headlined at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and performed with major Symphony Orchestras in cities around the world that include New York, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Manaus (Brazil), Copenhagen, Long Beach (CA), Philadelphia, and Chicago. Karen has shared the concert stage with Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow, Liza Minelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. Karen's 7 highly-acclaimed recordings include: her new single and video, It's About Time, Right Here/Right Now, The Sweetest of Nights, When The Sun Comes OutChristmas! Christmas! Christmas!, Better Days, and her inaugural CD, Not So Simply Broadway. She has been featured on many soundtracks, including the original NY cast recordings of And The World Goes ˜Round, and Wonderland. And TV/film soundtracks of: Walk a Mile in My Pradas, The Christmas Bride, Jeffrey, and the NBC Rock-Opera: Auto-Tune/The Munsters.

JAMES MONROE IGLEHART | Monday, February 13
James Monroe Iglehart won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his
performance as the Genie in Aladdin. He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musical Memphis. James started his career in his home state of California, attending Cal State Hayward and performing in Bat Boy at TheatreWorks and as Teen Angel in Grease at the American Musical Theatre. Other NYC: The 25th AnnualSpelling Bee and The Wiz. Regional: Porgy & Bess (Oakland EB Symphony), It Ain't Nothing But the Blues (TheatreWorks, CA) and Smokey Joe's CafГ (AMT San Jose). Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (recurring), Gotham , The Good Wife and The Electric Company (the Silent E Soloist). James is a member of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. James dedicates this show to Dawn, the best wife in the world!


JUDY KUHN | Monday, March 13Judy Kuhn is a fourtime Tony Award nominee most recently for her starring role in Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Tony award winning musical Fun Homedirected by Sam Gold. Also on Broadway she starred in the Roundabout's 1993 hit revival of She Loves Me (Tony Nomination), Chess (Tony & Drama Desk Nomination), Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk Nomination), Rags (Drama Desk Nomination),Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (original cast). Most recent appearances include The Visit by John Kander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival, the original production of Fun Home Public Theater (Lucille Lortell Award), Fosca in the much lauded CSC production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Passion directed by John Doyle (Drama League Award nomination) and the inaugural season of Encores! Off-Center in The Cradle Will Rock directed by Sam Gold. Other theater includes: Three Sisters adapted by Craig Lucas and directed by Bartlett Sher (Intiman),Passion (Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration); U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles; Ricky Ian Gordon's Sycamore Trees (Helen Hayes Award/Signature Theater); Michael John LaChiusa's The Highest Yellow, Eli's Comin' (Vineyard Theatre/Obie Award); The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theatre Co./Jeff Award Nomination); As Thousand's Cheer (Drama Dept.); Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's Dream True (Vineyard Theatre); The Glass Menagerie(McCarter Theatre), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage), and Martha Clarke's Endangered Species (BAM). In London's West End she starred in Metropolis (Olivier Award Nomination).

LEA SALONGA | Monday, April 3Known across the world for her powerful voice and
perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les MisГrables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Lea has most recently appeared on Broadway reprising her role in the highly anticipated musical Allegiancewhich was inspired and developed by legendary actor George Takei. Allegiance tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her performance in the 2012 Old Globe production of the play. Lea is a judge on the Philippines version of The Voice, which was a huge hit, following in its predecessor's footsteps. Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner. She is currently filming the second season of The Voice Kids. For much of 2014, Lea performed with legendary popera quartet Il Divo, accompanying them in Asia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all through Eastern and Western Europe on their A Musical Affair tour, celebrating the band's 10th anniversary. She can be seen on their latest DVD and CD bearing the same name.

TRUST Cabaret SeriesThe TRUST Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.  The series provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.


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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WQED ANNOUNCES WINNER OF ITS PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST
Made Possible Locally by the EQT Foundation for the Past Seven Years
PITTSBURGH WQED announced the winners of its 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest (made possible locally by the EQT Foundation) during a celebration May 22 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio.

Earlier this month, the public was invited to vote for the Kid's Public Choice Winner from 24 finalists selected from more than 1,000 entries received for this year's contest throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey. Over 3,800 votes were submitted online via the portal, a record number.




The 2016 Kid's Reader's Choice Winner is: Liam Pierce O'Sullivan for his story, CAT for President! with 1,087 votes.  Liam attends Southmoreland Elementary School in Scottdale,PA.

The finalists of the 2016 WQED Writers Contest are:

KINDERGARTEN
       First Place: Malkin Smith, East Liverpool, OH      
       Second Place: Ella McConville, Sarver, PA           
       Third Place: Colby Lynn Stritzinger, Gibsonia, PA

FIRST GRADE
       First Place: Connor Dickey, Pittsburgh   
       Second Place:  Brock McMullen, Greensburg, PA
       Third Place: Isabella Nickola, Venetia,, PA           
       Honorable Mention: Melanie Brown, Allison Park, PA
       Honorable Mention: Raya Merritt, Allison Park, PA        

SECOND GRADE
       First Place:  Colby Zimmer, McMurray, PA
       Second Place:  Liam Pierce O'Sullivan, Scottdale, PA
       Third Place: Maryam Kashif, Pittsburgh
       Honorable Mention: Maeve Kotula, Washington, PA

THIRD GRADE
       First Place:  Elly Strittmatter, Bridgeville, PA        
       Second Place:  Charlize Donaldson, Pittsburgh
       Third Place:  Ryan Watterson, Venetia, PA
       Honorable Mention: Caroline Higginbottom, Washington, PA

FOURTH GRADE
       First Place: Piper Stock, South Park, PA  
       Second Place: Alyssa Weber, Gibsonia, PA
       Third Place: Isabella Bolduc, Gibsonia, PA
       Honorable Mention: Caraline Hope Sommer, Jefferson Hills, PA

FIFTH GRADE
       First Place: Sarah White, Gibsonia, PA   
       Second Place: Lilly Nys, Pittsburgh
       Third Place: Claire Stevens, Pittsburgh
       Honorable Mention: Sadie Shelkey, Gibsonia, PA








Partnering with WQED on its Writers Contest this year were West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), witf which serves Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, PBS 39 (WLVT) serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey and WPSU in State College, which serves central Pennsylvania. The winners' stories narrated by them will be broadcast on iQKidsRadio.org and featured on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio throughout summer 2016. The winning stories were also be made into an original puppet play which was performed at the May 22 Celebration by Pittsburgh Puppet Works.

All of the winners' stories are available to read and listen to via WQED's Writers Contest page at: www.writeonkids.org.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

About WQED
WQED
 changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED Create; WQED WORLD; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).



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

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, wvpubcast.org and Ready To Learn are all services of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

All of the licenses for West Virginia Public Broadcasting are held by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Secretary.
About WITF
Based in Harrisburg, witf is a trusted, valued supplier of programs and services that both satisfy and stimulate curiosity for residents in every community in the central Pennsylvania region. witf broadcast services reach audiences in over 17 counties in central Pennsylvania. The company comprises public broadcasting stations witf TV, witf 89.5 & 93.3, the RadioPA Network , witf.org, witf Educational Services, Top Flight Media, Media Solutions and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in an association with witf). witf's mission is to strengthen our communities by connecting us to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning. Its vision is engaging minds, enriching lives, uniquely.

About PBS 39
PBS39 
is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 has the potential to reach 6 million people in our viewing area. PBS39 educates, inspires, informs and entertains while stimulating and disseminating the exchange of ideas for community enrichment.



About WPSU
WPSU Penn State is a collection of innovative writers, storytellers, teachers, producers, designers, and technicians ” using 21st century tools and media to bring information, education, and entertainment to our viewers, listeners, and larger communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

About Saturday Light Brigade
SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB)
 uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. SLB believes in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).



About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children's learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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Publish Date: 06-15-2016 14:31:00
 






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Dear Boy Kicks-Off Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator in June

Pittsburgh, PA  June 14, 2016. On Monday, June 27, 2016, MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh launches Hot Metal Musicals Incubator with Dear Boy, book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan and music by David Berlin, to be presented as a reading at 7:00pm at the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh.

Stephanie Riso, producer
Dear Boy has seen much development since its debut reading in 2010 under the guidance of producer Stephanie Riso while at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT).  The piece has continued to grow and evolve, benefitting from workshops of act one and act two at the University of Pittsburgh and MTAP respectively. 

Librettist and lyricist Jeanne Drennan, who also serves as MTAP's Managing Director, commented on the direct impact that the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator will provide. 

Since that initial reading David and I have made huge changes to the work: to the music, to what parts of the story get pulled into the foreground, to the inherent theatricality and the comedy that goes along with it. But since 2010 we haven't had the opportunity to see the entire show presented as seamlessly as possible. So that, and the immediate audience response to the show, will tell us what more we need to do before the show is ready for production.

Jeanne Drennan (book/lyrics) comes to musical theatre naturally through her work as a 12 Dogs and Get out of Dodge, with the latter play to be produced this November at the Venice Theater in Venice, FL. Drennan has had plays produced or developed in a range of theatres from tiny places in New York to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
playwright, with seven fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts to her credit along with awards for her plays


David Berlin (composer) has collaborated extensively in dance-theater and multi-artist performances, and Dear Boy marks his first foray into musical theatre. Primarily a teacher and educator with orchestral compositions performed nationally and internally by such groups as the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Renaissance City Woodwind Quintet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Sterbrooke Ensemble at NYC's Carnegie Hall and Galapagos ArtSpace in Brooklyn, his experience collaborating with artists such as dancers and poets position him well for the extensive reworking involved in bringing a new musical to life.


About Dear Boy
Dear Boy presents the true story of parental love gone haywire in the 18th century.  The Earl of Chesterfield, a man who in the 1740s was in reality a significant political player in England, is remembered chiefly today for his many letters to his illegitimate son, Stanhope, a boy he sent off to be raised as a gentleman and scholar. As was the case through his letters, Chesterfield in Dear Boy seeks to control every detail of his son's life, from his education and training to his choice in love.  In fact, he knows nothing of his son's secret life as a husband to Eugenia and father to two children. This news, when it comes, leaves the family in jeopardy unless the earl can overcome a profound sense of betrayal.


About The Cast
The cast features Michael Marra as the Earl of Chesterfield, Stanley Graham as his son Stanhope, and Hilary Caldwell as Eugenia. Cyndi Plyler as Mrs. Gimlet leads an ensemble that includes Hope Anthony as Companion and Sara Fisher as Mlle. du Bouchet, plus Rob James, Ryan Patrick Kearney and Nick Mitchell.

Michael Marra (Chesterfield), a Butler resident, has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables - subsequently joining the 3rd national tour with the show. He also was in the first national tour of Jekyll & Hyde, and worked regionally with Pittsburgh CLO in The Producers. In addition to live industrials, theme park, and cruise ship work, Marra's credits include Off-Off Broadway appearances and regional roles with The Strand Theater, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Performing Arts Center, Harlequin Dinner Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse and Mountain Playhouse.

Stanley Graham (Stanhope) graduated from Point Park University Oklahoma!, Percy Brown in The Boyfriend and Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal. Regionally, Graham has performed twice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and recently played John Wilkes Booth in Assassins at Stage 62.
in 2015 with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. While at Point Park he played leading roles such as Curly in

Hilary Caldwell (Eugenia) appeared in MTAP's reading of new musical in development Kitty in November 2015. A graduate of Penn State, Caldwell performed with No Refund Theatre, Penn State Thespians and the Penn State School of Theatre. Recent Pittsburgh credits include: Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Pittsburgh Savoyards, Hope Langdon inSomething's Afoot with South Park Theatre, and was the swing for A Grand Night for Singing with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and company member with the 2016 Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes touring show.

Hope Anthony (Companion) is a Point Park University Conservatory graduate. Recent stage credits include Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Georgia in The Exonerated, Vivian in A Lesson Before Dying, Alma in The Music Man, Bessie in The Civil War, A Dynamite in Hairspray, Gladys in Lunch Lady Cabaret, Lillith in Cult Classic at Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, and Tess in A Pirate's Tale on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

Sara Ashley Fisher (Mlle. du Bouchet) is the Producing Artistic Director of 12 Peers Theater.  Sara was previously in the ensemble for the private reading of Dear Boy for MTAP.  Sara has performed with 12 Peers Theater, Unseam'd Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Playwright Theater, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh New Works Festival and The Theater Factory.  Up next, Sara will be performing in The Birds by Conor McPherson for 12 Peers Theater August 4-21 at the Pitt Studio Theatre in Oakland.
Rob James (ensemble) works for the Pittsburgh CLO Creative Vision Program. Some favorite roles have been Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, Roger Debris in The Producers, Dave in The Full Monty, and most recently Sam Byck  in Assassins all at Stage 62 in Carnegie. Next adventure with Stephen Santa: Raph/Darth Cancer in Dani Girl at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ryan Patrick Kearney (ensemble) was recently in the Saint Vincent's Summer Theater production of Route 66 in Latrobe and Off the Wall Theater's production of The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!) in Carnegie! Other theater credits and staged readings have been with The Pittsburgh CLO (Plaid TidingsThe Invention of Edison), Prime Stage (The Great GatsbyFahrenheit 451), South Park Theater (Forever Plaid,Nuncrackers), Stage 62 (TitanicEvita) and others.
Nick Mitchell (ensemble) originated roles in Cactus (12 Peers), The Next Galileo (Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes), and will again direct for Cup-a-Jo Productions at Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Since moving to the area nine years ago, Nick has been an active actor/director in the area. He was previously the Associate Artistic Director for The Company of Pittsburgh where he directed The Last 5 Years and [title of show]. He directs for South Park Theater, The Pittsburgh Savoyards, Stage 62, Mckeesport Little Theater, Mon River Arts, Americana Theater in Plymouth, Mass., and is resident director at Plum High School.
Cyndi Plyler (Mrs. Gimlet) has performed with many area theatres in the Cranberry Township area including An Amish Family Christmas. Roles include several runs as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers, Patsy Cline in AlwaysPatsy Cline, Maggie in The Shadow Box, and Jean in Good People.  Recently she has been seen at the Strand Theatre in Zelienople in their productions of Oliver (Mrs. Sowerberry), Eulalie Shin in The Music Man, A USO Christmas and Frosty Grinch & Friends.   
Comtra Theatre, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and the Canadian tour of 
The Creative Team

The reading will be directed by Stephen Santa who previously directed the MTAP reading of Off With Her Maidenheadin 2013 which was the same year he was named one of the top directors in Pittsburgh by CBS Local On-line. Santa has staged over 30 productions in the Pittsburgh area and beyond including UNCHARTED: The Music of Anna K. Jacobs and a concert workshop of TEETH a New Musical both performed at Arts Nova Theatre, NYC.
Music-direction will be by Nick Stamatakis, who has music directed, composed and accompanied for collegiate, community and comedic theater organizations throughout the Pittsburgh area including: Arcade Comedy Theater, Throughline Theatre Company, Sewickley Area Theater Company, Alarum Theatre, Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh and UPStages/Pitt Reparatory Theatre.  Nick also serves as Music/Vocal Director for productions at Montour High School, and serves on the Executive Board of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (Aug 25-27).
This Incubator reading of Dear Boy will be produced by MTAP member Vince Ventura, Artistic Director of 12 Peers Theater, with stage management by Mia Rosenfeld. The 2016 Incubator readings are being presented with extensive cooperation and support from the Pittsburgh CLO.



About MTAP

MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh--brings together a group of local and regional artists working in a wide range of musical theatre expression, from solo cabaret to full-length narrative musical theatre. The group exists not only to support the development of work members bring in, but also to be an incubator where new works of musical theatre come into being and are nurtured.

MTAP meets monthly between September and May for networking, collaborations, new work development and presentations of work in progress. We are seeking aspiring or established composers, lyricists, librettists, playwrights, performers, professionals, producers and anyone interested in new musical development. To receive regular emails from MTAP about meetings, special events, and opportunities, send an email to mtapgh@gmail.com.

Fact Sheet

Who:     MTAP Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh
What:    Hot Metal Musicals Incubator, Dear Boy book/lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin
Where: Charles Gray Auditorium, CLO Academy, 130 CLO Academy Way 8th Floor, Pgh, PA 15222
When: Monday, June 27, 2016, 7pm
Cost:      Free and Open to the Public
Reservations encouraged: Event Page to RSVP is 
 https://www.artful.ly/store/events/9298
Details: The Incubator allows a public audience to become involved in the early stages of a new musical's long and often arduous journey toward full production. Featuring musical works in development by area artists. Visit mtap.weebly.com for more details on the specific presentations. 

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Publish Date: 06-10-2016 01:23:00
 





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Dock Ellis' former agent, national and local journalists join celebration for former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher


(Pittsburgh, PA) Dock Ellis' former agent Tom Reich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Brian O'Neill and nationally acclaimed journalist Brentin Mock will join panel discussion at inaugural event commemorating the life
and legacy of Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis on June 12, 2016, the 46th anniversary of Dock Ellis' historic no-hitter in San Diego.

WHAT: Since1887.com, Hyperboy Media & Films and The Josh Gibson Foundation to host inaugural Dock Ellis Day Celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis. The event will include entertainment from legendary Pittsburgh DJ/WYEP-FM radio personality Selecta, a panel discussion and a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film: No-No A Documentary.  Proceeds will benefit the Josh Gibson Foundation.
WHO: Dock Ellis Day is a project of since1887.com, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan website started by Khari Mosley, Hyperboy Media & Films, led by Chris Ivey, an award winning Pittsburgh based filmmaker and the Josh Gibson Foundation, a local non-profit organization, led by Sean Gibson Executive Director

WHERE: Culture Restaurant, 130 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222.

WHEN: Sunday June 12th, from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Panel Discussion: 12:30pm
  • Screening of No No: A Dockumentary1:30pm
WHY: The purpose of the event is to commemorate the life and legacy of Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, a one of a kind personality who, as a player, made a lasting impact on sport and popular culture. In addition, we aim to highlight and honor the work Dock Ellis did to transform many lives in a positive way as a drug and alcohol counselor later in life. We believe the anniversary of his historic no-hitter is a great opportunity to celebrate the full life and legacy of Dock Ellis while benefiting the Josh Gibson Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing academic programs, athletic programs and baseball training facilities benefiting the youth of the Pittsburgh community. 

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Publish Date: 06-10-2016 01:19:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Media ContactsShaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
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2016 JazzFest
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
NEW PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR
6TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH JAZZLIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
 CITIZENS BANK
CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC CHOOSES TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
JUNE 24-26, 2016 | CULTURAL DISTRICT | PITTSBURGH, PA
Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce that for the first time in its six year history, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) will have a presenting sponsor.  The free festival that offers two ticketed performance options will be held June 24-26, 2016.  For three-days, internationally-renowned musicians will perform at one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the country in Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
We are thrilled to partner with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to support such an iconic cultural event, said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  At Citizens Bank, we believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work, which is why we're proud to help continue the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival's tradition of offering free access to performances by some of the most well-known jazz 
artists in the world.




The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful for the generous support of Citizens Bank, shared Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and Director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Citizens' commitment to community involvement and to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens is parallel to the vision and goals of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  We are honored to have them on board as a presenting sponsor for the Festival.  Together we will continue contributing to the region's art and culture while strengthening the communities that both our organizations serve.

The new presenting sponsorship will enable the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to maintain a level of overall accessibility and inclusion at the annual festival that increasingly attracts and present internationally renowned artists and vendors.  Visibility of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival will also increase as a result of promotions available throughout the region and nation at participating Citizens Bank locations.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will provide increased visibility for Citizens through its marketing and advertising initiatives.  The Trust will also assist in providing festival attendees with access to appropriate financial information offered by Citizens.
Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival Performances will take place in a variety of settings: outdoor stages, ticketed special engagements and indoor gigs at over 20 small venues throughout the Cultural District.  The festival is a free event that includes two ticketed performances (to be announced in late May) and is open to the public. The ticketed special engagement performances will take place indoors. All three outdoor stages, the Artist Market and opening night Jazz Crawl are free and open to the public.

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country each year.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International FestivalThe Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This festival, aimed at connecting the community to jazz, will bring prominent jazz musicians and visual artists to Pittsburgh's Cultural District to present Grammy-winning performers, jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances, and visual art. More than 20,000 visitors will visit the Cultural District to partake in this year's event. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.




About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc.is one of the nation's oldest and largest financial institutions, with $140.1 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers bank better with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.
Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 05-27-2016 10:59:00
 

Pirates join with Crisis Center North to say No More  

Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Night at PNC Park, Sat., June 4

Crisis Center North and nine other non-profit agencies are partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to say NO MORE to domestic violence during the 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Night at PNC Park.

Prior to the Pirates and Angels game on Sat., June 4, Crisis Center North will be on hand for an information fair
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sponsored by the Pirates on at PNC Park on Federal Street from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Attendees can learn how gendered violence impacts their community and how they can take a stand.


"Crisis Center North is excited to continue our partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates in an effort to shape community perceptions about domestic violence, says Grace Coleman, executive director of Crisis Center North. The partnership stresses the importance of male engagement in the issue and underscores the fact that domestic violence is everyone's business."

The awareness night is part of the Father's Day Pledge to End Gender Violence, a month-long campaign by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

With the support of local agencies, community members, and organizations, the campaign is geared toward spreading awareness of domestic violence issues and resources for victims.

All of Pittsburgh needs to come together. Now, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says. I applaud the Pirates and the Pennsylvania coalition against domestic leadership on this critical issue.

We salute the local, civic religious and business leaders who are working together to make Pittsburgh a model for our state in the campaign to end gender violence for the next generation, says PCADV executive director Peg Dierkers.

Interested community members can also support the campaign on social media using the hashtag #FathersDayPledgePA.

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ABOUT CRISIS CENTER NORTH

Crisis Center North aims to empower victims of domestic violence and cultivate community attitudes and behaviors that break the cycle of violence. Crisis Center North's counseling and advocacy services provide aid to nearly 2,000 domestic violence survivors and prevention education to over 17,000 youths each year. Free services also include a 24-hour hotline, counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and prevention education programs for schools and the community.

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Media contacts:
Lynette Asson at New Place, 412-973-9828 (mobile)
Michael Brayack at Crisis Center North and at June 4 event, 412-961-1892 (office)


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Publish Date: 05-22-2016 18:17:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                          CONTACT:      George Hazimanolis
May 17, 2016                                                                                                      412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                 
ghazimanolis@wqed.org



Emmy Award-winning iQ: smartparent Presents
The Family Fun Guide May 26 at 8:30p.m. on WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH” Experts and educators reveal exciting family pastimes that do double-duty: they're fun and educational. In this demonstration-packed episode of the Emmy Award-winning iQ: smartparent, the focus is on the all-important STEM and STEAM skills that are crucial for 21st century kids but there's no reason why mom and dad can't join in the fun, too.

iQ: smartparent The Family Fun Guide premieres Thursday, May 26 at 8:30pm on WQED and is hosted by Darieth Chisolm.
In segments 1 and 2, experts and kids demonstrate the high-tech treasure hunt known as geocaching. Lo Hutelmyer of the non-profit Venture Outdoors and Amber Rooke of the Brashear Association are joined by two children from Brashear Kids to explain how the popular pastime of geocaching promotes critical thinking and math skills.
In segment 3, the guest is Brian Stamford, a curriculum expert from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, a branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He shows three fun experiments that blend art and design with science and math exploration.
And in segment 4, guest Shawn Grimes, Director of Technology at Baltimore's Digital Harbor Foundation, reveals tips for parents and kids to learn and collaborate together in a maker space.
This episode also includes a video segment on STEAM education in schools, and provides tips for more effective key word searches for parents who want to learn more about these topics online.
WQED's signature parenting series, iQ: smartparent, seeks to empower parents with new knowledge, tools, and abilities to successfully guide their children in the use of 21st century digital media and technology. 
WQED launched iQ: smartparent in response to a research study of regional parents (conducted by WQED in spring 2012) who expressed their desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media and expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through a series of television broadcasts and a robust online community, iQ: smartparent equips parents and caregivers with tools and resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media and technologies for learning. To sign up for more information go to iqsmartparent.org
About Host Darieth Chisolm
Chisolm has worked in the television industry for over 20 years, as news anchor for WPXI-TV Pittsburgh, an NBC-affiliate station, and Channel 11 News on Fox 53. She also owns her own fitness studio, Fullbody Fitness Club, and is passionate about personal health and wellness. She is a seasoned speaker and leader in the Pittsburgh community providing individuals and organizations with strategies and solutions to bring out their best performance and affect positive change. She sits on the board of several community and charitable organizations and has received numerous awards for her news coverage, community service, and professional affiliations. She is also the proud mother of a college freshman.
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED Create; WQED WORLD; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
iQ: smartparent benefits from the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents find age-appropriate, quality media. Parents can join the conversation online with WQED EDU and #iqsmartparent onFacebookPinterest and TwitteriQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor and The Grable Foundation.




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Senior Director of Corporate Communications
WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-622-1366 office
412-370-8802 cell

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Publish Date: 05-22-2016 17:01:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2016


Passion defeat Detroit 63-8 to Clinch the NFC Colonial Division Title

The Passion opened up the scoring tonight on a 43 yard run by Catone.  Other 1st half touchdowns were a 40 yard by Catone, a 30 and 34 yard pass from Horton to Hieb, 41 yard punt return by Baker, 40 yard Interception return by Daman and a 33 yard pass from Horton to Baker. The Passion led at the Half 49-8.

Masters opened up the 2nd half scoring on an 8 yard run and Baden closed out the scoring on a 4 yard run.

Offensive leaders tonight were Quarterback Lisa Horton who had 140 yards passing for 3 touchdowns.  Running Back Tara Catone had 4 carries for 142 yards for 2 touchdowns.  Kia Foster
Quarterback Lisa Horton, photo, pittsburghpassion.com
had 6 carries for 87 yards and Laura Baden had  4 carries for 27 and a touchdown.  Wide Receiver Peyton Hieb had 2 receptions for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns.  

The Defensive line of Zubovic, Niedermeyer, Nelko and Zahn kept control of the line of scrimmage all night.  Defensive leaders tonight were Linebacker Hannah Daman who had 8 tackles (1 for loss) and an Interception returned for a touchdown.  Linebacker Jessica Nelko had 9 tackles (4 for loss) and 4 sacks.  Safety Kim Beaver had 4 tackles and 1 interception. Santana Ramsey had 5 tackles, Kim Zubovic had 9 tackles and Chelsea Zahn had 5 tackles.

On Special Teams, Amy Fallon was 9/9 on PAT's and pinned Detroit deep on all of her kickoffs.  Angela Baker had 2 punt returns for 69 yards and a touchdown.

The Passion won the NFC Colonial Division with this victory and it is their 6th Division title in team history.

After a bye week next weekend, the Passion travel to Chicago on June 4, 2016.

For more information and updates on the team, you go to www.pittsburghpassion.com, Like us on Facebook (Pittsburgh Passion) and Follow us on Twitter @pghpassionFB.

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Matt Harkins
Public/Media Relations Director
Pittsburgh Passion

 

Publish Date: 05-22-2016 03:04:00
 






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
May 18, 2016                                                                                                                      412-622-1366
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WQED MONTHLY ELECTION SPECIALS CONTINUE WITH
ELECTION 2016: EDUCATION

Election initiative includes website with background information

PITTSBURGH WQED's Chris Moore hosts the fourth in a series of local discussion programs focusing on important issues this election year. Election 2016: Education airs Thursday, May 26 at 8pm on WQED-TV.


In this month's Election 2016 program, the focus is education. Host Chris Moore and panelists will take a closer look at subjects like Common Core, the National School Lunch Program and the escalating costs of higher education.

WQED's Chris Moore will moderate a panel discussion that includes:

       Linda Hippert, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

       Ashley Woodson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Each month, WQED's Election 2016 devotes the entire 30-minutes to a specific topic - chosen based on election polling and issues that are of interest to the Pittsburgh region.

Viewers can access www.wqed.org/election2016 to view past episodes and other election-related content, including an interview with Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes on the importance of voter registration.

The first special Election 2016: The Economy and Jobs aired February 25 followed by Election 2016: Health Care on March 31 and Election 2016: National Security on April 21.

About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 151 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Senior Director of Corporate Communications
WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-622-1366 office
412-370-8802 cell



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Publish Date: 05-21-2016 23:29:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
 
Joseph & Kathleen Guyaux to be Honored for their 
Dedication to the CLO Guild & Pittsburgh Community
CLOE Award to be Presented at the Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball
Pittsburgh, PA · May 20, 2016  The Pittsburgh CLO Guild is proud to announce that Joseph and Kathleen Guyaux will be honored with the CLOE Award for Community Service at the 61st Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball on June 4 at the
Wyndham Grand Hotel.  The CLOE award was established in 2011 to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to our community.
Joe and Kathy Guyaux have devoted their lives to philanthropic efforts that have benefited Pittsburgh CLO and other notable organizations in our region, such as the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Duquesne University. This year, after a distinguished career of more than 40 years in pivotal senior leadership positions, Joe is retiring from PNC and from his role as Chairman of the Board of Pittsburgh CLO, which he held for 9 years, leading the organization to a new level of unprecedented achievement, including the Paris and Broadway premieres of An American in Paris, and the founding of the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater and The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
The 61st Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, co-chaired by Heidi and Joe Orlando and Laurie and Rich Mushinsky, will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and will showcase our summer production of CHICAGO with a themed evening titled Razzle Dazzle'em. This incredible evening will include the sale of Pink Boxes, a Silent Auction, dynamic performances highlighting the 2016 Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season, dinner and dancing.
Proceeds from the Ball support Pittsburgh CLO's arts education programs such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars. The Guild also offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing the performing arts.  For additional information or ball reservations, please contact Andrew Frey at 412-281-3973x234 orafrey@pittsburghclo.org.
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 20 Broadway shows (29 Tony Awards) featuring the current productions of On Your Feet, An American in Paris, Kinky Boots and Matilda The Musical. 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 Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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: 05-20-2016 16:15:00
 




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WAGNER PRAISES PAT MOVE TO ADD TRIPS TO UNDERSERVED AREAS


MEDIA CONTACT: Lou Takacs, Communications Director


(Pittsburgh) May 19, 2016    Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner lauded today's recommendation by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) administration to bolster service
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to neighborhoods in Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, and Pittsburgh.

I am extremely pleased that PAT's leadership has agreed to the repeated requests of residents of these neighborhoods and their advocates for more service. For many in these communities and others, public transit access is not a luxury, but is essential to getting to jobs that do not fall within regular business hours. A ˜most livable' city cannot leave whole neighborhoods cut off from opportunity, and this decision takes encouraging steps toward meeting the needs of some of these areas, Wagner said.

Last week, Wagner issued a financial report showing that the County's Alcoholic Beverage and Vehicle Rental taxes have produced a $16 million surplus in a fund that by law must be used for public transit. She urged that these funds be put to immediate use for service improvements.

New state funding and the increased local economic activity that has produced the transit fund surplus give us the opportunity and the obligation to connect all of our communities to areas that are prospering. More neighborhoods remain where this need must be addressed, and we also must continue steps to modernize the system so that it attracts new ridership. PAT has taken encouraging steps with the upcoming fare changes and now with this announcement, but further advances must continue to be made, Wagner said.


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Publish Date: 05-16-2016 21:24:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media ContactsShaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 2016 SNC
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
STRAIGHT NO CHASER
I'LL HAVE ANOTHERWORLD TOUR
WORLD RENOWNED A CAPPELLA GROUP
LAUNCHES 20TH ANNIVERSARY TREK
DATES GET UNDERWAY OCTOBER 14 IN RENO, NV
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 | BENDEUM CENTER | PITTSBURGH, PA
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

photo credit LeAnn Meuller


Pittsburgh, PA”Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced early details of the I'll Have AnotherWorld Tour. The North American leg which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the a cappella group's formation in 1996 and first show at Indiana University begins October 14th at Reno, NV's Grand Theatre and then continues into 2017 with a January 3rd finale at Kahului, HI's Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
In Pittsburgh, Straight No Chaser will appear at the Benedum Center on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $49.25 to $74.25. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office in person at 655 Penn Avenue. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Straight No Chaser will fly and cover hotel costs for two lucky winners to attend any Straight No Chaser show of their choosing within the Continental US. For complete ticket information and other news, please see www.sncmusic.com/tour.

Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser's hugely successful The New Old Fashioned Tour concludes with a series of upcoming summer shows, highlighted by a two night weekend spectacular at Los Angeles' historic Hollywood Bowl with the one and only Weird Al Yankovic, set for July 22nd and 23rd.

The I'll Have AnotherWorld Tour follows Straight No Chaser's most recent release, 2015's THE NEW OLD FASHIONED. The album sees the renowned group bringing their unique touch and inimitable vocal style to a stunning range of contemporary standards spanning The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face and Hozier's Take Me To Church to Radiohead's Creep and Bob Dylan's tender Make You Feel My Love. THE NEW OLD FASHIONED further features a number of Straight No Chaser's incomparable medleys, including Beggin'/Counting Stars (blending favorites from Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and One Republic) and On The Road Again/I Play The Road (originally by Willie Nelson and Zac Brown Band, respectively).
THE I'LL HAVE ANOTHERWORLD TOUR 2016-2017
OCTOBER
14        Reno, NV  Grand Theatre
15        Las Vegas, NV  The Smith Center
16        Riverside, CA  Fox Performing Arts Center
17        Tucson, AZ  Fox Tucson Theater
19        Colorado Springs, CO  Pikes Peak Center
21        Denver, CO  Paramount Theatre
22        Cheyenne, WY  Cheyenne Civic Center
23        Manhattan, KS  McCain Auditorium
26        Fort Smith, AR  Fort Smith Convention Center
27        Oklahoma City, OK  Civic Center Music Hall
28        Dallas, TX  McFarlin Auditorium
29        Austin, TX  Long Center
30        Houston, TX  Cullen Theater
NOVEMBER
1          Pensacola, FL  Saenger Theatre
2          New Orleans, LA  Civic Theatre
3          Knoxville, TN  Tennessee Theatre
4          Toledo, OH  Stranahan Theater
6          St. Louis, MO  Fox Theatre
10        Erie, PA  Warner Theatre
11        State College, PA  Eisenhower Auditorium
12        Allentown, PA  Miller Symphony Hall TWO SHOWS
13        Wilmington, DE  Grand Opera House TWO SHOWS
15        Roanoke, VA  Berglund Center
16        Macon, GA  Grand Opera House
17        Nashville, TN  Ryman Auditorium
18        Charlotte, NC  Ovens Auditorium
19        Atlanta, GA  Fox Theatre
20        Durham, NC  Durham Performing Arts Center
25        Grand Rapids, MI  DeVos Performance Hall
26        Appleton, WI  Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
27        Minneapolis, MN  Pantages Theater
29        Montreal, QC  Theatre Maisonneuve
DECEMBER
1          New York, NY  Beacon Theatre
2          Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun
4          Hershey, PA  Hershey Theatre
6          Pittsburgh, PA  Benedum Center
7          Normal, IL  Braden Auditorium
8          Milwaukee, WI  Riverside Theater
9          Rockford, IL  Coronado Theatre
10        Detroit, MI  Fox Theatre
11        Cleveland, OH  State Theatre TWO SHOWS
13        Fort Wayne, IN  Embassy Theatre
14        Bloomington, IN  Indiana University Auditorium
15        South Bend, IN  Morris Performing Arts Center
16        Columbus, OH  Palace Theatre
17        Chicago, IL  Civic Opera House TWO SHOWS
18        Evansville, IN  Old National Events Plaza
20        Cincinnati, OH  Aronoff Center
21        Indianapolis, IN  Murat Theatre at Old National Center
22        Indianapolis, IN  Murat Theatre at Old National Center
23        Indianapolis, IN  Murat Theatre at Old National Center TWO SHOWS
27        Seattle, WA  Paramount Theatre
28        Portland, OR  Keller Auditorium
29        San Francisco, CA  Davies Symphony Hall
31        Phoenix, AZ  Mesa Arts Center
JANUARY
2          Honolulu, HI  Blaisedell Concert Hall
3          Kahului, HI  Maui Arts & Cultural Center
19        Paris, FR  Salle Pleyel
20        Paris, FR  Salle Pleyel
21        Paris, FR  Salle Pleyel TWO SHOWS
22        Paris, FR  Salle Pleyel TWO SHOWS
More dates to be added. www.sncmusic.com/tour
Contact: Ashley White, Atlantic Records 512.436.9260
Ashley.White@atlanticrecords.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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 05-16-2016 21:09:00
 




DARRELL SCOTT
Scott's rich voice turns every lyric”about love, loss, work, hanging out, and more love”into nuggets of wisdom -Acoustic Magazine
 
(PITTSBURGH, PA)” CALLIOPE WELCOMES DARRELL SCOTT TO THE ROOTS CELLAR (SHADYSIDE) ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 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: $30* / $10* (full-time student ID) **PLUS handling fee

Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist (he plays 13 instruments!), and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell delivers his soulful performances in solo, duo, trio, band, and string quintet configurations, all equally dynamic and powerful. Darrell will be touring in 2016 in support of his new CD Couchville Sessions. Songwriting credits include the Grammy Award winning Long Time Gone and Heartbreak Town. When not on tour with his own shows, Darrell plays in Robert Plant's Band of Joy.


Darrell Scott from Darrell Scott.com

Career Highlights:
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song  Long Time Gone Dixie Chicks 2003
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance  The Second Mouse 2001
Americana 2007 Song of the Year  Hank Williams' Ghost
Rolling Stone Magazine listed Theatre of the Unheard as one of the 2003 Critics Top Albums
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2001
 
Songs recorded by over 70 artists including: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O'Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw
Recorded With: Steve Earle, Kate Rusby, Joan Baez, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jon Pousette-Dart, Ginny Hawker, Malcolm Holcombe, John McCusker, Allison Moorer, Jessie Alexander, Randy Travis
Production: Guy Clark, Susan Werner, Wayne Scott
Visit his website at http://www.darrellscott.com/.


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.
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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: 05-16-2016 05:49:00
 




For Immediate Release
May 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEPARTS FOR EUROPEAN TOUR ON MAY 17

Orchestra will be joined by soloists Daniil Trifonov, Martin Grubinger, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos

PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck depart for a 14-concert European Tour on May 17. The orchestra will return to Pittsburgh on June 5. Along with concerts in four countries, this tour includes a collaboration with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, a live simulcast to Heinz Hall and a chamber music performance at a former concentration camp.

The tour will take the orchestra to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. The concerts on the tour include:
        May 20: at the Kuppelsall in Hannover, Germany, with percussionist Martin Grubinger
        May 21: at the Die Glocke in Bremen, Germany, with pianist Daniil Trifonov
        May 22: at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany, with Daniil Trifonov
        May 23: at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, Germany, with Daniil Trifonov
        May 25: at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, with Daniil Trifonov
        May 26: at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, with Martin Grubinger
        May 27: at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, with Daniil Trifonov
        May 28: at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos
        May 29: at the Festival House in Bregenz, Austria, with Daniil Trifonov
        May 31: at the Stadt-Casino in Basel, Switzerland, with Daniil Trifonov
        June 1: at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium, with Daniil Trifonov
        June 2: at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany, with Daniil Trifonov
        June 3: at the Philharmonie Am Gasteig in Munich, Germany with Daniil Trifonov
        June 4: at the Philharmonie Am Gasteig in Munich, Germany with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

Grubinger, photo credit Felix Broede

The tour program features Tchaikovsky's Symphonies No. 4, 5 and 
6; Beethoven's Coriolan Overture; DvoЕ™Гk's Carnival Overture; Haydn's Symphony No. 93; Hartl's Percussion Concerto (with Grubinger); Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Trifonov); Berg's Violin Concerto (with Kavakos); DvoЕ™Гk's  Violin Concerto (with Mutter); and Strauss's Elektra Symphonic Rhapsody ” arranged by Manfred Honeck and TomГs Ille.  

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The concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on May 22 will be simulcast via satellite on the big screen at Heinz Hall at 2 p.m. EST. The program features Beethoven'sCoriolan Overture, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, PathГtique. The concert is free but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved online at pittsburghsymphony.org/berlin or by phone at 412-392-4900. The concert will also be livestreamed on the Pittsburgh Symphony's website.The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to thank and recognize Echo International and the German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh chapter, for their sponsorship of the Berlin live stream at Heinz Hall.

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During the tour, the Clarion Quartet, a quartet of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians ” Jennifer Orchard and Marta Krechkovsky, violins; Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola; and Bronwyn Banerdt, cello ” will perform at the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic on May 24. Terezin was a Jewish ghetto, prison and transit station to death camps in the East during World War II. The quartet's focus is entartete (degenerate) music, music by composers who were suppressed during the Third Reich. The performance will begin at 3:30 p.m. CET at the Attic, which hosted many cultural events while the camp was active. The concert will include Viktor Ullmann's Quartet No. 3, which was written at Theresienstadt when Ullmann was a prisoner there.


The 2016 European Tour marks the eighth collaboration between the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development/Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, representatives from which will join the symphony during its tour and host events around the symphony's concerts in Brussels and Munich to promote economic development in Pittsburgh.

International touring is made possible, in part, by the Hillman Endowment for International Performances. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2016 European Tour is dedicated to the memory of Elsie Hillman. The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to thank and recognize Ensinger for its supporting sponsorship of the Stuttgart concert and BNY Mellon for its supporting partnership of the Frankfurt and June 4 Munich concerts. The engagement at the Dresden Music Festival is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

MANFRED HONECK has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. Together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Honeck's widely celebrated performances and distinctive interpretations continue to receive international recognition. To great acclaim, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have also built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna. Following a week-long residency in 2012, they will return once again for three performances in the course of an extensive tour of Europe in spring 2016.  

Honeck's successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been extensively documented on recordings with the Reference and Exton labels. The first SACD released by Reference Records of Strauss tone poems, drew rave reviews. The second recording, of DvoЕ™Гk's Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from JanГД ek's opera JenЕfa, conceptualized by Honeck himself, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 was released in February 2015 to critical acclaim, including a second Grammy nomination, and Beethoven 5 & 7 was released in November 2015. The next recording, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and a suite of DvoЕ™Гk's Rusalka, will be released on May 13. Several recordings, among them Mahler's Symphony No. 4, which won a 2012 International Classical Music Award, are also available on the Japanese label Exton.

As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. In the United States, Honeck has conducted the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular guest at the Verbier Festival. In 2013, Honeck gave his successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, resulting in a CD recording of DvoЕ™Гk together with Anne-Sophie Mutter for Deutsche Grammophon, which received an Echo Klassik award in 2014. The 2015-2016 season sees him return to Bamberg, Stuttgart, Rome, Stockholm and New York, as well as the Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others.

Born in Austria, Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and at the helm of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. Honeck began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado in Vienna. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor's Award in 1993. Honeck was one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and in Oslo, he assumed the post of music director at the Norwegian National Opera and was engaged as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000 to 2006, he was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and, from 2008 to 2011, principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.

From 2007 to 2011, Honeck was music director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz's Les Troyens, Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Aida, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier, Poulenc's Dialogues des CarmГlites and Wagner's Lohengrin and Parsifal, as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, ThГГctre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival.

Honeck has received honorary doctorates from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and, most recently, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Moreover, he has been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 20 years.



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 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. Visit pittsburghsymphony.org
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In PittsburghContact: 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

In Europe Contact: PR2 classic
Gabriele Schiller
Phone: +49 221 38 10 63 
| email: office@pr2classic.de

Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrche

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Publish Date: 05-16-2016 01:53:00
 

SBA Locally Recognizes Philadelphia's FINANTA as SBA National Award Winner on May 10th



FINANTA is SBA's #1 Mission-Focused Lender for Facilitating Assistance to Small Businesses in Underserved Markets  

PHILADELPHIA  U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta locally recognize SBA national award winner, Philadelphia-based FINancing And Technical Assistance (FINANTA), with FINANTA President Luis Mora-Rechnitz on May 10 at 2 p.m. FINANTA is the second-ever recipient of SBA's Jody C. Raskind Lender Award, a recognition presented to a mission-focused lender that has distinguished itself in helping small businesses start, grow and expand. Media are invited to attend.
The award was jointly presented May 1 by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Associate Administrator for Capital Access, Ann Marie Mehlum, to FINANTA's President, Luis E. Mora-Rechnitz in Washington, D.C.
WHO: Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator
Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director
Luis Mora-Rechnitz, President, FINANTA
WHAT:   FINANTA locally recognized as SBA's number one mission-focused lender; media tour with interview and photo opportunities
WHEN:    May 10 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: 1301 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

It's absolutely wonderful to see our local partner, FINANTA, receive such a prestigious award for the great things they do for small businesses, particularly those in underserved markets, said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director. I'm very proud to see Philadelphia's own FINANTA garner this exceptional distinction for the work Luis and his team do, and for the incredible impact of the role that they play, in helping small businesses start, grow and succeed.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Deputy District Director Michael Kane, seen here with FINANTA President Luis Mora-Rechnitz


The Jody C. Raskind Award was presented for the first time in 2015 to honor mission lenders that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the creation, growth and expansion of small businesses in underserved markets with a demonstrable impact on the communities it serves. Jody Raskind led the SBA Office of Microlending for many years, and was widely known in the microlending community for her commitment and dedication to small businesses, particularly in underserved areas. She died in 2014.
FINANTA was created in 1996, and has since distinguished itself for delivering services such as access to capital, technical assistance and credit building to low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs and first-time homebuyers in Philadelphia who face cultural, social and language barriers. This approach has allowed FINANTA to help economically disadvantaged businesses to succeed for the long-term and create 1,500 jobs, and individuals and families who are borrowing for the first time, with more than 1,200 loans totaling over $45 million.

For 20 years, FINANTA has economically empowered Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs through its lending and technical assistance services, said FINANTA President Luis Mora-Rechnitz. We have distinguished ourselves by delivering services in a way which is acutely conscious of the cultural, social, and language barriers many of our clients encounter. FINANTA's innovative approach to economic self-sufficiency comes from years of research that led us to emphasize credit-building as the foundation for growth. The Jody C. Raskind award is a great honor for us and I'm very proud that FINANTA has won it.
FINANTA participates in SBA's Microloan and PRIME Programs, and is a Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution.  In FY2015, FINANTA closed 185 SBA Microloans for $1.6 million, making it the fourth highest-ranking SBA Microlender in terms of both number and dollars of microloans closed in the country. 
As part of its PRECAPS (PRE-CAPital = credit building training + borrowing) lending model, FINANTA has made 796 loans ranging from $600 - $25,000, totaling $4 million since it established this model. Ninety-seven percent of these loans were directed to minority borrowers ranging from low-income to extremely low-income. This focus on very low income populations is widely acknowledged as some of the most difficult but critical microlending to do successfully.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by SBA to recognize the achievements of the top small businesses in the nation and recognizes the small business community's contribution to the American economy. Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year's National Small Business Week was recognized from May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Oakland and San Jose, Calif. SBA's Eastern Pennsylvania awards are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week.
SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta will present the 2016 Small Business Week Awards at the annual SBA Day at the Ballpark eventJune 8The event is open to the media. The awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m.June 8 with a luncheon at the XFINITY Live! Philadelphia restaurant at 1100 Pattison Ave. (tickets available: www.xfinityLive.com/SBADay) followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park (tickets available:www.phillies.com/sbaday). The event is cosponsored by Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA's Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3084 orrobert.goza@sba.gov.
Cosponsorship Authorization #16-0303-111. SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Robert Goza, 610-382-3084.


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Publish Date: 04-25-2016 18:04:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh
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 Pressroom
Search: 1617 Broadway


 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
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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. 

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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
 


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PNC Broadway Across America Pittsburgh Contact: Shaunda Miles, 412-471-1578miles@trustarts.org 
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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