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

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


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

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

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


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


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


Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, under the supervision of John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar QuartetHairspray andThe Producers. For more information, visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andwww.Broadway.com.
Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

 

Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:33:00
 





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


For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

 

Publish Date: 02-11-2016 05:17:00
 




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 Room
Search: musicSPACE Spring 2016

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

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


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


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

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





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

Artist website: http://thebigbend.net/


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

 

Publish Date: 02-06-2016 13:45:00
 






For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

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


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

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

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

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



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

Editors please note:

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

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

Richman                                   Fiddlesticks Theme Song          
                                                                        Ms. Williams

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

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

Astor Piazzolla                          Tango: Fuga y Mysterioso
Attack Theatre

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

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

George Gershwi                                    Fascinating Rhythm

Leonard Bernstein                     Overture to West Side Story

Lucas Richman                          Music Can Make Your Life Complete
                                                            Ms. Williams

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


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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2016

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




PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its second sensory-friendly orchestra performance, Heroes and Inspirations, on Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.
Led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, Heroes and Inspirations is designed to provide a welcoming and inclusive concert environment, making it appropriate for families and patrons of all ages including those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other disabilities. Monitors will provide open captioning throughout the concert, and a quiet room, headphones and fidgets will be available so audience members can regulate their sensory stimulation.
Pre-visit materials will be available online to prepare for the trip to Heinz Hall, and pre-concert activities, including a resource fair and musician meet-and-greets, will begin at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the performance. Special guests for the concert include vocalists Katy Shackleton Williams and Ricky Manning.
Tickets for the sensory friendly performance are $15 and will go on sale February 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Heinz Hall box office, or by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: 
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Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: 
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Publish Date: 02-05-2016 12:08:00
 



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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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Publish Date: 02-05-2016 11:09:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org  
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / 
Roth@TrustArts.org
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
TWELFTH NIGHT
COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES
FEBRUARY 23-24, 2016 | BYHAM THEATER | PITTSBURGH, PA

Sandy Foster (Feste) and

 Geoffrey Lumb (Sir Toby Belch)

 in Filter Theatre's ˜Twelfth Night'.

Photo credit Robert Day.

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


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

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

Photo credit Robert Day



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


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

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

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


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

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

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

photo credit Robert Day



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUSTThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org
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Publish Date: 01-29-2016 18:43:00
 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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Publish Date: 01-27-2016 18:23:00
 


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

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

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


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

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

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Publish Date: 01-27-2016 05:04:00
 




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editors please note:

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

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

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

Jeff Tyzik                                              The Big Movie Suite

Nino Rota                                             Waltz from The Godfather

Richard Rodgers                                    Selections from Oklahoma

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

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

Vangelis (arr. Raine)                              Theme from Chariots of Fire

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

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

John Williams                                       Theme from Schindler's List
Mr. Huggins

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

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

John Williams                                       Main Title from Star Wars

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Publish Date: 01-26-2016 23:27:00
 


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




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

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



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

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


photo by Rachel Neville



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

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Publish Date: 01-26-2016 23:08:00
 







For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

”MEDIA ALERT”

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 120TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 27



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

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




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



MEDIA ALERT”

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

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 27

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








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

Image available:  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom

Search: Tyler Perry

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

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

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

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


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

Tyler recently garnered rave reviews for his role opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher's box office hit, Gone Girl. He will next be seen on the big screen in 2016 for Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel as the villain "Baxter Stockman." 
A philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, television producer, actor and activist, Perry continues to break television network and box office records with his unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience. It is a brand that quickly became an empire. Perry has garnered a Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Theater, the Brandon Tatikoff Legacy Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), an MTV Movie Award, over 20 NAACP Award nominations and over a dozen subsequent awards.
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Media Contact:Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578Miles@TrustArts.org Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Full Media Kit for Highmark First Night 2016 is available for download:
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
COMPLETE PROGRAMMING LINE UP
FOR HIGHMARK FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. midnight
Cultural District | Downtown Pittsburgh




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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

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

Scrappy New Year

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 12-31-2015 11:36:00
 







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717Roth@TrustArts.org  
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch name:  HFNP 2016 SING-OFF Winner


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

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




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

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




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


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

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




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


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


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

 

Publish Date: 12-16-2015 22:09:00
 




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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 2015 CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE 
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
NEW HOLIDAY STAGE SPECTACULAR FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

 

Publish Date: 12-01-2015 12:25:00
 





For Immediate Release
November 19, 2015
                                   
MANFRED HONECK, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENT BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS WEEKEND WITH IMPERIAL PROGRAM

PITTSBURGH Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and guest vocalists in a program of classical heavyweights during BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Emperor Concerto on December 4 and 6 at Heinz Hall.
Featuring the Coronation Mass, the Unfinished Symphony and the Emperor Concerto, this weekend's classical period works are all well-loved and coined with nicknames not given by the composers themselves, but later added to suit their character.

The Emperor is Beethoven's last piano concerto, dedicated to his patron and pupil, Archduke Rudolf, and written while Napoleon Bonaparte attacked Vienna, where Beethoven lived. Dazzling pianist Avdeeva returns to Heinz Hall to perform this work, which is imperial in its size and scope.
Preceding this, Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra, guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in a performance of Mozart's Mass in C major, Coronation. This mass is one of the composer's most famous religious works and, despite its rather short length, is full of brilliance and musical innovations.
To close, Schubert's Symphony No. 8 (recently renumbered as Symphony No. 7) is one of the composer's most romantic and heartfelt compositions. With only two movements completed, this symphony was groundbreaking in its treatment of time and tonality, and, despite its Unfinished moniker, stands as a complete symphonic experience.

What a joy it is to present the best of the best of Viennese classical music in this time of preparation for the holidays. Three heroes of the classical period who lived nearly at the same time ” Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, said Honeck. And while we hear about the ˜Emperor Concerto' often, it is amazing that the famous ˜Coronation Mass' by Mozart will be performed for the first time by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.  
A pre-concert talk, open to all ticket holders and led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will occur on stage one hour before each concert. Program notes for the weekend are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/coronation and on the PSO mobile app the day of the concert. On Sunday, a pre-concert performance by students of the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association will begin one hour before the concert time in the Grand Lobby.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $94, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/coronation.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2015-2016 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
About the Artists
Manfred Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009
Manfred Honeck, credit Felix Broede
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 and Beethoven 5 & 7 was released on November 13, 2015. 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.

Yulianna Avdeeva,  credit Harold Hoffman
Yulianna Avdeeva rose to fame when she won First Prize in the Chopin Competition in 2010. She has since embarked on a world-class career and her artistic integrity is rapidly ensuring her a place amongst the most distinctive artists of her generation.
A regular performer throughout Asia, this autumn Avdeeva embarked on a major concert tour of Japan, performing concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and featured in solo recitals in Korea, Taiwan and China. Avdeeva will undertake tours of North and South America, including her debut with Orchestre symphonique de MontrГal and engagements with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra SinfГnica do Estado de SГo Paulo. Other orchestra highlights include international debuts with leading ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Anu Tali. 

Recent orchestral highlights have included engagements with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and concerts at the Vienna Festival.

An active and committed chamber musician, she has worked with the Kremerata Baltica and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2016, Yulianna Avdeeva will tour Germany with violinist Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields appearing at the KГlner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, amongst others. In recital, Avdeeva has performed at London's International Piano Series, Rheingau Musik Festival, Barcelona's Palau de la MГsica Catalana, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Philharmonie Essen, Schwetzinger Festspiele and La Roque d'AnthГron Festival.

Avdeeva's Chopin performances have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer's foremost interpreters. Her long association with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute has won her a huge following in Poland. Avdeeva's most recent recital recording featuring works by Chopin, Schubert and Prokofiev was released on Mirare in August 2014. She released a recording of the Chopin concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and BrГggen.

Avdeeva began her piano studies at the age of five with Elena Ivanova at Moscow's Gnessin Special School of Music and later studied with Konstantin Scherbakov and with Vladimir Tropp. At the International Piano Academy Lake Como, she was taught among others by William Grant NaborГ, Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts'ong. In addition to her Chopin prize, she has won several other prizes including the Bremen Piano Contest in 2003, the Concours de GenГve 2006 and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Poland.

Christina Landshamer was born in Munich and initially went to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in
Christina Landshamer,
credit Marco Borggreve
the city, where she studied under Angelica Vogel, following which she studied in Konrad Richter's singing classes and in Dunja Vejzović solo classes at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart.

Following initial guest performances at the Stuttgart State Opera, she sang at the OpГra du Rhin in Strasburg under Marc Albrecht (Fidelio/Marzelline) as well as at the Komische Oper in Berlin (Susanna). In 2009, the triumphant and virtuoso Christina Landshamer had her very successful debut at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna as Clarice in Haydn's Il mondo della luna under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. This was followed by performances at the Paris ThГГctre du ChГctelet (with a stage version of the Messiah) and at the Salzburg Festival in Frau ohne Schatten (HГter der Schwelle stage direction: Christof Loy) under Christian Thielemann in 2011. She performed at the Salzburg Festival again the following year as Frasquita in Carmen, this time under Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic. Also in 2012, she had her debut at the Baden-Baden Festival, again under Christian Thielemann (Ariadne auf Naxos, Najade). Later that year, Landshamer made her highly acclaimed debut as Pamina in Simon McBurney˜s celebrated new production of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Amsterdam Opera under Marc Albrecht. In 2014, she was seen in Handel's Rinaldo as Almirena in Glyndebourne. In 2015, she will collaborate again with Christian Thielemann (FreischГtz/Г„nnchen), this time at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Landshamer regularly works with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Marc Albrecht, Marcus Creed, Manfred Honeck, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Roger Norrington, StГphane DenГve, Pablo Heras-Casado, Christian Thielemann and Riccardo Chailly, and with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the SГdwestfunk Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Tonhalleorchester, Zurich, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague, the Orchestre des Champs ElysГes and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Alongside her operatic projects, she has other important performances during the 2014-2015 season, including a tour with the Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly with concerts in Leipzig, the Lucerne Festival and the London Proms, concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Alan Gilbert, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Philippe Herreweghe, the NDR Symphony Orchestr/Thomas Hengelbrock, the Bavarian Radio Choir/Peter Dijkstra and performances with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Orchestre National de France/Daniele Gatti.

She is particularly fond of singing lieder: a recital of duets with Maximilian Schmitt at the Vienna Konzerthaus marks her first collaboration with Gerold Huber, with whom she had several guest performances in 2013 with a number of recitals, such as at the Musik im Riesen in the Essen Philharmonic and the Rheinvokal, with lieder by Schumann, Ullmann and Brahms.

Corrie Stallings
Corrie Stallings is a second-year resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera in 2015-2016. In 2014-2015, she appeared as Bertarido/rodelinda and Mercedes/Carmen. In 2015-16, she is slated to sing Jo/Little Women and Rosina/The Barber of Seville Student Matinee. In summer 2015, Stallings was a member of the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Festival and appeared as Jazz Trio Girl/Trouble in Tahiti and coveredVanderdunder/Paquette/Candide. Stallings was a festival artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2013 and 2014, where she performed as Third Lady/The Magic Flute under the baton of Jane Glover, and covered Stephanie Blythe in the role of Gertrude Stein in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, both in 2014. She also performed the role of Kate/The Pirates of Penzance in 2013. Additionally in 2013, Stallings was a soloist in Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Christmas production, Welcome, Yule!, as well as the alto soloist cover in Bach's Mass in B Minor under the baton of Riccardo Muti. In 2012, she was the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and was a 2013 third place regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council regional auditions. While pursuing her master's degree at Northwestern University, Stallings performed the roles of Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro, Samira/The Ghosts of Versailles and Second Lady/Die ZauberflГte. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stallings holds a B.A. in vocal performance and art history from Cal Poly State University and a M.M. in opera performance from Northwestern University.
Paul Appleby, credit Dario Acosta

Regarded as one of the most accomplished artists of his generation, American tenor Paul Appleby is a graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School and of The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Program. Praised for the expressive and interpretive depth of his performances, Appleby has earned his reputation as a fine Mozartian through numerous productions of CosГ fan tutteDie ZauberflГte and Don Giovanni and, after highly acclaimed productions at both Oper Frankfurt and The Met under James Levine, is considered a leading interpreter of Stravinsky's Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress).

A regular guest at The Met, Appleby has performed a diverse repertoire including Brian in Nico Muhly's Two Boys (praised by the New York Post as his star-making performance ), Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc's Les dialogues des CarmГlites under Louis LangrГe, Hylas in Berlioz's Les Troyens under Fabio Luisi, and, last season, David (Die Meistersinger von NГrnberg) under James Levine. Other notable highlights include Tamino (Die ZauberflГte) at Washington National Opera, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at San Diego Opera, and his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Jonathan in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed production of Handel's Saul.
A versatile artist, Appleby enjoys a buoyant concert career alongside his operatic commitments and returns this season to the New York Philharmonic in Handel's Messiah as well as debuting with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel in Mozart's Requiem. Also this season, Appleby heads back to The Met for a role debut as Belmonte (Die EntfГhrung aus dem Serail) under James Levine, makes his debut at San Francisco Opera as Tamino and returns to the Glyndebourne Festival in Berlioz' BГatrice et BГnГdict under Robin Ticciati. In recital and alongside Ken Noda, Paul Appleby sings in recital at Carnegie Hall and as part of the Boston Celebrity Series, and makes a debut appearance at London's Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau.

The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Foundation Award, Appleby is a passionate advocate of art song, and has performed for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and at the Aspen Music and Caramoor Festivals with pianist Steven Blier. Paul Appleby has also recorded works by Schubert and Britten as part of The Juilliard Sessions Digital Debut series released by EMI Classics and appeared in recital at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center and as part of the New York Festival of Song. 

Paul Edelmann, credit Horowitz
Paul Armin Edelmann's association with music began at an early age as the second son of the internationally renowned singer Otto Edelmann. As a child, he was a member and soloist of the famous Vienna Boys' Choir. Later on he reinforced his musical studies by studying voice with his father at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Shortly after completing his studies he became a member of the Opera Theatre in Koblenz in Germany where he sang more than 30 roles.

In 1998, Edelmann went freelance and moved back to Vienna. Since then he has sung at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Komische Oper Berlin (FГrst Ottokar in Weber's Der FreischГtz), the ThГГctre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale), the San Diego Opera (Dr. Falke and Papageno), the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the OpГra de Rouen, the Lincoln Center Festival in New York (Sciarrino's Luci Mie Traditrici), the state theatres in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, and the opera houses in Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig, Dublin and the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, as well as the Palau de les Arts Valencia, the San Sebastian Festival, Hongkong Opera and the Center of the Performing Arts, Beijing.

More recent performance venues have included the Opera National de Montpellier, the Prinzregententheater MГnchen, the Deutsche Oper DГsseldorf and (in 2010) his debut as Eisenstein in J. Strauss's Die Fledermaus at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. He has also recently sung at the Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla, Philharmonie Berlin, Teatro Massimo Catania, Opera Montpellier, the Opera National du Rhin Strasbourg, Bregenzer Festspiele, Victoria Hall Geneve, KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle ZГrich and the Winter Festival Sochi.

2014 saw Edelmanns debut at the Musikfest Hamburg, the Rheingau Music Festival, his return to the Bregenzer Festspiele for Mozart's ZauberflГte and the release of his Schumann-recital album with pianist Charles Spencer and a new recording of Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus with Edelmann as Eisenstein. Both recordings on the classic-label Capriccio. Projects for 2014-2015 season include Die Fledermaus (in concert) with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, a concert at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Mahler's Lied Von Der Erde with OpГra National de Paris and a new production of Korngolds Die tote Stadt at the Warsaw Opera.

Edelmann has previously given concerts and recitals in many notable venues including the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Vienna Musikverein, the Festival Hall in Salzburg, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Palau de la MГsica in Valencia, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Vatican in a concert honouring Pope John Paul II (Haydn's The Creation) in 1998 and again in 2006 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart's Coronation Mass).

Edelmann has given recitals in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Denmark, the United States, Canada, China and Japan and has worked with such well-known conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Michel Plasson, Ivor Bolton, Paolo Carignani, Kazushi Ono, Miguel GГmez MartГnez, Julia  Jones, Ralf Weikert, Karel Mark Chichon, Vladimir Fedosejew, Leopold Hager and Manfred Honeck.

Hailed as one of the finest choruses in the country, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is proud of its long artistic partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and looks forward to another exciting season at Heinz Hall. Primarily a volunteer chorus, the Mendelssohn Choir is composed of more than 100 singers whose passion and commitment enables them to perform alongside the world's greatest musicians. In addition to its performances with the PSO, the Mendelssohn Choir produces its own concerts in the community and operates the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the region's premier young adult chorus. The Mendelssohn Choir began its 2015-2016 season with an all-DuruflГ concert on October 11 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, and bid farewell to Betsy Burleigh, MCP's much beloved music director. Burleigh is universally acknowledged for building upon the legacy left by Music Director Emeritus Robert Page, and taking MCP to new levels of excellence during her 10-year tenure with the Choir. Under her direction, MCP has earned high praise for its mastery of the great choral classics. The Mendelssohn Choir is engaged currently in the search for its next music director, who will be its seventh in its 108-year-old history. For the remainder of the season, Maria Sensi Sellner will be acting music director and will prepare the Choir for its forthcoming performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.



As the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's chorus of choice, the Mendelssohn Choir has performed with some of the world's foremost conductors including Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Rafael FrГhbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, AndrГ Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Helmuth Rilling, Ingo Metzmacher, Richard Hickox, Zdenek MГcal and Manfred Honeck. Performances of the Choir with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are heard locally over WQED-FM (89.3) and distributed nationally by PRI. Committed to fostering the choral art form, the Mendelssohn Choir has numerous recordings, commissions and premieres to its credit, including works by Ned Rorem, Nancy Galbraith and Derek Bermel. The Choir's most recent recording released in fall 2011 is Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh with Manfred Honeck conducting.

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



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

Editors please note:

Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS: EMPEROR CONCERTO
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
YULIANNA ARDEEVA, piano
CHRISTINA LANDSHAMER, soprano
CORRIE STALLINGS, mezzo soprano
PAUL APPLEBY, tenor
PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN, bass
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                    Mass in C major, K. 317, "Coronation"
                                                                                   I. Kyrie
                                                                                   II. Gloria
III. Credo
IV. Sanctus
V. Benedictus
VI. Agnus Dei
Ms. Landshamer
Ms. Stallings
Mr. Appleby
Mr. Edelmann
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

Franz Schubert                                      Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto

Ludwig Van Beethoven                          Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 73,
"Emperor"
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
Ms. Avdeeva

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: 
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: 
jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 19, 2015Contact: Meghan Swartz
Associate Director of Communications
mswartz@pittsburghballet.org
412-454-9117

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Warns Against Nutcracker Ticket Scalpers
Third Party Vendors Overcharging Patrons by Hundreds



PITTSBURGH, PA  Ticket scalping isn't confined to sports teams.  As Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre approaches its peak sales period for The Nutcracker, the company is urging patrons to avoid third-party vendors, who are charging sky-high ticket prices for seats to the holiday classic.

The Nutcracker which runs Dec. 4-27, at the Benedum Center welcomes more than 30,000 patrons per year. Demand for the holiday blockbuster has attracted the notice of scalpers who purchase tickets and resell them at inflated prices.

Depending on the site, scalpers are jacking up ticket prices as much as $200 to $830 over face value. Third-party tickets can also cause snares at the theater with dysfunctional barcodes or tickets that were never delivered to will call.

Patrons often come across the sites through a quick Google search and don't necessarily realize they're purchasing through a third-party vendor, said Aimee DiAndrea, PBT's director of marketing and communications.  We make a big effort to maintain affordable ticket prices, so we want to ensure that our patrons aren't getting taken advantage of with inflated prices.

Although PBT has safeguards in place, it's difficult to identify and discontinue sales to all scalpers, who often purchase online under multiple names. Last season, PBT began distributing courtesy messages to patrons who entered the theater with third-party tickets. The ballet also keeps an updated database of known scalpers and limits online orders to seven tickets. Group orders must be placed by phone in order to screen scalpers more effectively.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre urges patrons to reserve seats through a verified PBT sales channel online at www.pbt.org, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in-person at the Box Office at Theater Square in the Cultural District. PBT also offers group rates, which are reserved to phone or email orders at 412-454-9101 or groupsales@pittsburghballet.org. Tickets run from $28 to $120. Groups of eight or more can save up to 50 percent.

About The Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stages its sweeping production of The Nutcracker  Dec. 4-27,at the Benedum Center. PBT's classic The Nutcracker has been a Pittsburgh tradition for 13 years. Set to Tchaikovsky's sublime score, a dreamlike journey unfolds through a moonlit snow scape to a whimsical Land of Enchantment. More than 100 dancers bring to life iconic choreography from the wondrous waltz of the snowflakes to the pristine Sugarplum Fairy pas de deux. PBT's The Nutcracker brings the story home for a holiday tradition inspired by Pittsburgh landmarks and traditions. The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets of all time, based on a classic tale written by German Author, E.T.A Hoffman.




Performance Dates & Times
  • Fri., Dec. 4 11 a.m. (student matinee) & 7 p.m. (opening night)
  • Sat., Dec. 5 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 6 12 & 4:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 10 7 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 11 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 12 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 13 12 & 4:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 17 7 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 18 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 19 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 20 12 & 4:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 22 7 p.m.
  • Wed., Dec. 23 7 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 24 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 26 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 27 12 p.m.

About PBT's 2015-2016Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's season continues with audience favorite Peter Pan, Feb. 12-21, at the Benedum; Mixed Repertory #2, March 10-13, at the Byham Theater; and Le Corsaire (The Pirate), April 15-17, at the Benedum. Single tickets start at $28 and are available online at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.    


About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 
One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by four distinguished artistic directors over four decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the Company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the Company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet. 

                                                                                        
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Pittsburgh CLO Teams Up
with Catholic Charities & The Salvation Army
to Help Those in Need this Winter


Pittsburgh, PA · November 16, 2015  Pittsburgh CLO has teamed up withCatholic Charities and The Salvation Army to make this winter a little warmer for those in need by conducting a Toiletry Drive throughout all performances of ALTAR BOYZ now through January 10 and a Food Drive during all performances of A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL December 4-23. Patrons attending either show may donate during any performance at donation barrels stationed at the theater.
For 105 years, Catholic Charities has served individuals and families in their time of great need, regardless of religious affiliation. Toiletry donations will be distributed through outreach offices in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties; and through Catholic Charities' homeless outreach programs and services. This outreach includes: St. Joseph House of Hospitality, a transitional residence in Pittsburgh's Hill District for former homeless men over the age of 50; Roselia Apartments in downtown Pittsburgh for single, homeless women who are pregnant; Butler County homeless outreach to individuals and families that serves as the first point of contact for homeless needs in the county; and a daytime winter warming station in downtown Pittsburgh that provides relief from the cold weather.
Food Drive donations will go directly to The Salvation Army in Allegheny County to provide meals for those who are less fortunate this holiday season. This year alone over 4,800 individuals and 10,000 families have received financial assistance at a local Salvation Army.  In addition, 14,000 hot meals have been served and 8,300 area residents have received food from The Salvation Army's emergency food banks.
Pittsburgh CLO graciously acknowledges the generosity of The Charity Randall Foundation for its sponsorship of the 2015-2016 CLO Cabaret Series, our production sponsor for A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL, First Niagara and Macy's for sponsoring Half-priced Tickets for Kids.
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November 16, 2015                                                                                         412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                 
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Emmy Award-winning iQ: smartparent Presents
The Maker Movement in Schools November 19 at 8p.m. on WQED-TV


New episode followed by rebroadcast of A Nation of Makers
PITTSBURGH” Just as the Maker Movement is transforming our culture, it's having a major impact in our schools.   This new episode of WQED's Emmy Award-winning iQ: smartparent  The Maker Movement in Schools  premieres Thursday, November 19 at 8pm on WQED, followed by a rebroadcast of iQ: smartparent  A Nation of Makers at 8:30pm.


Hosted by Darieth Chisolm, The Make Movement in Schools examines the movement's impact in the classroom. This episode features three innovative faculty members from Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh who do innovative work with their PreK-12 students that combines a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with collaborative, creative practices of the Maker Movement.
In-studio guests for iQ: smartparent The Maker Movement in Schools includes:

Adam Nye.  As the Director of City as our Campus, Adam Nye helps to integrate community resources into the learning experiences of students at Winchester Thurston School. He assists teachers in partnering and collaborating with various community resources throughout Pittsburgh, including museums, artists, and maker spaces.

Adam's work has focused on embedding informal learning experiences in formal schooling. As the Associate Director of Education at the Thinkery (Austin Children's Museum), he created a new educator empowerment program that equipped educators with skills to incorporate modern technology into their daily practice. Adam also served as the MAKESHOP Manager at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. In this role, he helped to implement the MAKESHOP program and supported the growth of an initiative to prepare educators with maker skills.


Graig Marx is a science teacher at Winchester Thurston School and is the chair of the Science Department. He also serves as STEM Coordinator. In his six years at the school, he has worked to increase the use of project-based learning and engineering projects. The Maker Movement has influenced his teaching of a high-level, product-based, engineering course and the creation of Maker spaces throughout the campus. Graig specializes in the use of 3D printers to create unique, original, student-designed work. These progressive changes recently were validated when Graig was announced as the recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Science Award in the High School Educator category. 

David Nassar is a mathematics and computer science teacher at Winchester Thurston School and is the chair of the Computer Science Department.  In his seven years at the school, he has developed the computer science curriculum to include integrated computer science in Lower School, required computer science courses and electives in the Middle School and nine separate Computer Science courses in the Upper School.  In all of the courses he teaches at Winchester Thurston, he strives to get students to understand how computer science can help them solve problems through application of knowledge in a wide array of other disciplines.  Upper School level one courses of Computer Science for Math and Science, Computer Science for Art and Music, and Computer Science for the Humanities highlight Nassar's integrated approach to computer science education.

Lisa Regalla: As Deputy Director, Lisa Regalla directs Maker Ed's mission to scale and disseminate making as a change-agent for learning. By developing partnerships with educators, organizations, researchers and the broader community, Lisa helps build and support a growing network committed to broadening participation in making. Prior to Maker Ed, Lisa worked at Twin Cities Public Television developing educational content that was presented on television, in person, in print, and on the web as part of the Emmy-Award winning series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa also spent several years working at the Museum of Science, Boston and the Da Vinci Science Center in PA. As the manager of several national outreach programs throughout her career, she has conducted extensive professional development workshops in gender equity and inquiry-based approaches to STEM.

Following this new episode, WQED will re-broadcast iQ: smartparent A Nation of Makers at 8:30pm.  A companion episode about the maker culture across the country, it features Jane Werner of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Mark Hatch of TechShop, and Tara Tiger Brown of LA Makerspace,

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 on FacebookPinterest 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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Pittsburgh CLO Celebrates 70 Years in 2016 with a 
Tony Award-Winning, Devilishly Heroic Season 
Complete with All That Jazz and More!

Pittsburgh, PA · October 25, 2015  Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the2016
Summer Season, featuring the Pittsburgh premiere of MATILDA THE MUSICAL, direct from Broadway!  TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the winner of 50 international awards including four Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will open Pittsburgh CLO's 2016 Summer Season. Pittsburgh CLO served as one of the Broadway co-producers of this incredible production, guaranteeing Pittsburgh audiences the chance to be among the first to enjoyMATILDA THE MUSICAL.


Each show selected for the 2016 Summer Season was among the top ten vote-getters in Pittsburgh CLO's Annual Audience Survey.  The #1 choice wasCHICAGOwhich Pittsburgh CHICAGO now has the distinction of being the longest-running American musical in Broadway history with no signs of ever slowing down! With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGOis the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. This is Pittsburgh CLO's first time bringing this Broadway hit to the Benedum Center stage.
CLO will welcome to the Benedum Center June 17-26.
Speaking of hits, home-run sensation DAMN YANKEES will slide into Pittsburgh CLO's Summer Season for the first time in 40 years July 5-10.  Based on the novelThe Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant by Douglass Wallop, this Broadway mega-hit is the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical!  The iconic score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.


Pittsburgh CLO welcomes the big, bright, beautiful world of SHREK THE MUSICALto the CLO stage for the first time July 15-24.  Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. SHREK brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.


The Summer Season premieres keep coming with the epic four-time Tony Award-winner Elton John's AIDA July 26-31.  An unscheduled detour along the Nile leads to a dangerous meeting and a secret romance, changing the course of history. Inspired by the same tale of forbidden love which inspired Verdi's opera, this sleek, modern musical was the first Disney production especially created for adult Broadway audiences, rather than being based on a pre-existing family film.


Closing our 70th season is the beloved American musical treasure, SOUTH PACIFIC.  This 10-time Tony Award-winning masterpiece took Broadway by storm in 1949, running for nearly 2,000 performances. Not only is the show based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, but it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in its own right in 1950.  Subsequent revivals of SOUTH PACIFIC have garnered an additional seven Tony Awards including Best Revival in 2008.  Pittsburgh CLO will produce SOUTH PACIFIC for the first time in fifteen years August 5-14.


Pittsburgh CLO commemorates 70 years next year, and we look forward to celebrating our mission of bringing Broadway's hottest new productions home to Pittsburgh as well as producing dynamic and exciting productions of musical theater classics for our valued audience. From MATILDA THE MUSICAL, currently running on Broadway, to our #1 choice in this year's audience survey, CHICAGO, and four incredible productions in between, this season is a shining example of our commitment to musical theater's past, present and future, reports Executive Producer Van Kaplan. As always, Pittsburgh CLO Season Ticket Holders will save substantially over single ticket prices and receive exclusive benefits that come with every Season Ticket purchase.


The 2016 Summer Season opens June 7 at the Benedum Center and will include the following:
MATILDA THE MUSICALJune 7-12Benedum Center
 WELCOME TO THE DELIRIOUSLY AMUSING, HEARTWARMING, HEAD-SPINNING WORLD OF MATILDA THE MUSICAL. YOU WON'T WANT TO LEAVE.   Bloomberg News
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.
CHICAGOJune 17-26Benedum Center
CHICAGO STILL GLITTERS HYPNOTICALLY."A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonderCHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGOalways delivers.

DAMN YANKEES
July 5-10
A DEVILISHLY CLEVER COMEDY SURE TO HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK!
Batter up! Just in time for the thick of baseball season comes the muscular musical about baseball super-fan Joe Boyd.  Joe is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil and his sexy associate, Lola, for a chance to lead his home team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. This eleven-time Tony Award-winner, including Best Musical, puts America's favorite pastime center stage as Joe swings for the fences before realizing the true worth of the life he's left behind.  Will he succeed in his race for glory, return home to the life he loves or be lost for all eternity?   The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot feature songs Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets, (You Gotta Have) Heart and many more home-run hits!

SHREK THE MUSICAL
July 15-24

A FAIRY TALE ADVENTURE THAT PROVES BEAUTY IS TRULY
IN THE EYE OF THE OGRE!
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is the Tony Award-winner which brings all the beloved characters you know to life on stage, and shows there's more to the story than meets the ears. Featuring instant classics: Big, Bright, Beautiful World, I'm a Believer and more, it's sure to delight audiences of all ages!
A TRIUMPH  USA Today
Elton John's AIDA
July 26-31
A STAR-CROSSED LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES 
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.
SOUTH PACIFICAugust 5-14

10-TIME TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL THEATER MASTERPIECE!
Love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over.  The beloved score's songs include "Some Enchanted Evening, "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, and "There is Nothin' Like a Dame amidst big, Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha'i.
"Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn't just float; it soars!  -USA Today
Pittsburgh CLO offers affordable and flexible 6-Show and 3-Show Season Ticket Packages to fit even the busiest schedules. Season Ticket packages start at just$45, a significant savings over single ticket prices.
  • Pittsburgh CLO's 6-Show Premium Series allows Season Ticket Buyers to see all six sensational musicals with prices ranging from $92-$378.
  • The Smart Seats Series offers Season Ticket Buyers the opportunity to see three or six shows at a drastically discounted rate in Price Scale D.  
Renewing Season Ticket Buyers can renew their packages online atpittsburghCLO.org. Renewals can also be placed by mail, by fax at 412-281-1150or by calling the Pittsburgh CLO Hotline at 412-281-2822
The Pittsburgh CLO Hotline is also open for anyone who would like to become a new Season Ticket Buyer. New orders are filled on a date-received basis. New Season Ticket Buyers should place their orders early to secure the best seats.
Pittsburgh CLO's 2016 Season is also the perfect outing for any social group.Groups of 10 or more should call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, exciting events and priority seating.
Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteand WTAE-TV.
For more information please visit pittsburghCLO.org.  
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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OFFERS FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT ON NOVEMBER 20 AT HEINZ HALL

PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering a free community concert at Heinz Hall on Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. during the annual Light Up Night celebration in downtown Pittsburgh.
Nathan Meltzer
Take a break from the chilly weather and warm up your ears with a concert brimming with musical energy. Conducted by one of the Pittsburgh Symphony's new assistant conductors, AndrГs Franco, this 45-minute concert includes selections by DvoЕ™Гk, Saint-SaГns, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and more, and features 15-year-old Duquesne University Young Artist National Concerto Competition winner, violinist Nathan Meltzer, along with vocalists Brian Vu and Claudia Rosenthal, both resident artists this season with the Pittsburgh Opera. The performance includes pieces from the farcical operetta Die Fledermaus and The Nutcracker suite. Enjoy the rest of Light Up Night with a skip in your step (and start your holiday celebrations off right) following this lively community concert!
Reserve your free tickets in advance at the Heinz Hall box office, online at pittsburghsymphony.org or by calling 412-392-4900. Tickets also will be available on the night of the performance. This event is general admission with seating on a first come, first served basis.
This concert is made possible by annual funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
About the Artistsath

Recently named music director of Tulsa's Signature Symphony at TCC and assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, AndrГs Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch. He is in his fifth season as principal conductor of the multimedia project Caminos del Inka and his third season as artistic director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Summer Festival, Concerts in the Garden.

Franco's 2014-2015 highlights included subscription debuts with the Columbus and Fort Worth symphony orchestras, as well as return engagements with the Houston and Saint Louis symphonies. In 2015-2016, he will
Andres Franco
make subscription debuts with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and will return to conduct the Corpus Christi and Fort Worth symphony orchestras. 

A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe and South America, Franco has appeared with the Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Lake Forest, Mississippi, Springfield and Stockton symphony orchestras, the Orquesta SinfГnica de Castilla y LeГn/Spain and the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, as well as with the National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. 

Festival appearances include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. Franco formerly served as music director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City (2004-2010), associate and resident conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony (2009-2014), and Leonard Slatkin's assistant conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013).

A native of Colombia, Franco is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas. As principal conductor of Caminos del Inka, he has led many performances of Latin American music by composers of our time, such as Jimmy LГpez, Diego Luzuriaga and the popular Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

Born into a musical family, Franco began piano studies with his father, Jorge Franco. An accomplished pianist, he studied with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali and attended piano workshops with Rudolph Buchbinder in Switzerland and Lev Naumov in France.  He studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Helmut Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin.

Franco holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in BogotГ, Colombia, as well as Master of Music degrees in piano performance and conducting from Texas Christian University. Franco is married to Victoria Luperi, principal clarinetist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Fifteen-year-old Nathan Meltzer attends the Professional Performing Arts School in New York and studies on a Starling scholarship at Juilliard with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. He began his music education in a second-grade orchestra class in Austria, joined the "Violin Virtuosi" at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2011, and entered the Perlman Music Program in 2013. Meltzer has played on NPR's From the Top; appeared with The Piano Guys at Carnegie Hall; performed alongside Gilles Apap, David Chan and Augustine Hadelich; and had lessons and master classes with Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank and Jaime Laredo, among others. He has performed in Buenos Aires, Quebec, SГo Paulo, Tel Aviv, Vienna and across the United States, including solo engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic and the Muncie Symphony. Meltzer plays an 1844 Italian violin by Johannes Pressenda on generous loan from Juilliard.

Brian Vu
Brian Vu is a first-year resident artist of the Pittsburgh Opera in 2015-2016, and is slated to perform as John Brooke/ Little Women, Leo Stein/ 27, Fiorello/ The Barber of Seville  and Figaro/ The Barber of Seville (student matinee). A former Young American Artist with Glimmerglass Festival, he has sung the Jazz Trio baritone in Trouble in Tahiti. Vu has also performed MoralГs/ Carmen  with Music Academy of the West, and Marquis d'Obigny/ La traviata  with Wolf Trap Opera Studio. A graduate of Yale Opera, his roles there included Count Almaviva/ Le nozze di Figaro, Dandini/ La cenerentola, Marcello/ La bohГme  and Duke Robert/ Iolanta. Previously with OperaUCLA, Vu performed Ottone/ L'incoronazione di Poppea, Narciso/ Agrippina and Minskman/ Flight. Vu made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mitch Leigh's "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha with the composer in attendance, and returned to Carnegie Hall in December 2014, performing songs from the Frederich R. Koch Collection of Yale's Beinecke Library. A New England regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has also received awards from the George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, Kurt Weill Foundation and Opera Buffs of Los Angeles. A native of Los Angeles, Vu is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and University of California, Los Angeles.

Claudia Rosenthal is a first-year resident artist in 2015-2016 at the Pittsburgh Opera, and is scheduled to perform as Amy/ Little Women and Berta/ The Barber of Seville (including the student matinee). In summer 2015, as a young artist with Opera on the Avalon, she appeared as the Governess/ The Turn of the Screw. She
Claudia Rosenthal
has been a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and performed Cobweb/ A Midsummer Night's Dream and Stella/ Les contes d'Hoffmannas as a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company. At Yale Opera, Rosenthal's roles included Giulietta/ I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Musetta/ La bohГme, Clorinda/ La Cenerentola and Brigitta/ Iolanta. While with Mannes Opera, she appeared as Nannetta/ Falstaff and Norina/ Don Pasquale. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut performing Hindemith's cantata Die Serenaden with Yale in New York City, and made her professional debut as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. An Eastern regional finalist and recipient of the Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she also recently received First Prize in the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition. Other honors include the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Career Bridges Grant and the Yale School of Music Alumni Prize. A native of Scarsdale, New York, Rosenthal double-majored in music and art history at Yale College, and has further degrees from The Hartt School, Mannes College the New School for Music, and The Yale School of Music.

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



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

Editors Please Note:

Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ANDRÉS FRANCO, conductor
BRIAN VU, baritone
CLAUDIA ROSENTHAL, soprano
NATHAN MELTZER, violin

Antonin Dvorak                         Carnival Overture, Opus 92

Camille Saint-SaГns                   Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 28
                                                    Mr. Meltzer

Johann Strauss, Jr.                      Overture to Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Opus 362

Johann Strauss, Jr.                      Mein Herr Marquis (Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus
                                                     Ms. Rosenthal

Franz Lehar                               Lippen schweigen from The Merry Widow
                                                    Mr. Vu
                                                    Ms. Rosenthal

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky             Suite from The Nutcracker, Opus 71a
                                                    March
                                                    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
                                                      Chinese Dance
                                                        III. Waltz of the Flowers

Johann Strauss, Sr.                     Radetzky March, Opus 228

 

Publish Date: 11-12-2015 04:32:00
 

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WQED's Portrayal & Perception Television Series Accepted
for National Distribution

PITTSBURGH Since 2012 WQED has produced more than a dozen documentaries and specials that offer alternative portrayals of African American men and boys than are commonly found in commercial media. From entrepreneurs to teachers, from artists to doctors, the Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys initiative has shared stories of the most successful and influential black males. This series aims to educate the public and provide a positive perspective on the contributions of these men and boys to a national audience.



The most nationally relevant episodes of the series have been accepted for national distribution by American Public Television (APT) and will be offered to public television stations for airing nationwide beginning in early 2016.

WQED continues to be successful in producing and distributing programming that started with a local focus to a nationwide audience, said Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO of WQED Multimedia.
Portrayal & Perception is WQED's second series to be accepted for national distribution, said Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content at WQED.  In 2014, WQED's iQ: smartparent series went national and we are now in production for season four. Both series are in demand because there is nothing else like them available anywhere else.


Portrayal & Perception includes the following episodes that will be available to public stations across the country:

Owning It
This episode shows how local African American entrepreneurs, often overlooked by commercial media, are not only experiencing financial success, they are inspiring future business leaders.

Teaching Success
This episode looks at teaching African American boys to become leaders and examines three different on-ramps to the road to success: a program for young entrepreneurs and one of its star pupils; the commitment of African American educators at a K-8 school; and the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a seven-day leadership training collaboration between Robert Morris University and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Media Men
This episode focuses on communications careers. Featured profiles include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman; WQED/PCNC/KDKA Radio Host Chris Moore; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Photographer Sidney Davis; and social media networker Alex Simmons.

Journey to Medicine
This episode follows middle school students, medical school students and seasoned professional physicians as they pursue careers in medicine.

Fine Arts and Artists
This episode looks at men who have made a career in the fine arts. The program profiles a classical musician, painter, playwright, ballet dancer, poet and arts educator -- and explores some of the obstacles and accomplishments of each in his chosen field.

Already Doing It
Young African American men - as a whole - score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. Yet sometimes it is the success story that inspires other young people, and encourages community leaders to keep working for change. This episode showcases teenagers excelling in school, volunteering as mentors and working hard to make a difference among their peers.

The Next Generation
This episode examines how highly-charged incidents in Baltimore, Ferguson, and New York still indicate a racial divide in America.  WQED reporters speak with community and law enforcement leaders and with young men whose lives are impacted daily by these events to examine the progress made and challenges that remain in healing tensions nationwide.

The entire series is available for online viewing on WQED Interactive at wqed.org/watch. Educational resources and additional information about this initiative are available at wqed.org/portrayal.

Funding for Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys was provided by a grant from The Heinz Endowments, which supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work; a center for learning and educational excellence; and region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

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).