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COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES CONTINUES WITH "THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI"




COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES CONTINUES WITH "THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI"
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Noon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 9, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org
COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES CONTINUES WITH
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.


PITTSBURGH”WQED's popular Pittsburgh Community Cinema series will continue Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Noon with a FREE screening of Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali. The event will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Earth Theater in conjunction with the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. Attendance is free, but requires registration at https://communitycinematrials.eventbrite.com/. Additionally, the first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary pass to visit the museum.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an award-winning film covering the explosive crossroads of Ali's life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali's choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today. Tim Stevens, community activist and Founder/CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project, will lead the post-screening discussion.


Community Cinema is a free documentary screening series on topics important to our community, region, and world. Pittsburgh's Community Cinema provides an opportunity to view films from the award-winning PBS seriesIndependent Lens, prior to their release on television.

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

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS), the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The senior series producer is Lois Vossen. More information atwww.pbs.org/independentlens. Join Independent Lens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/independentlens.

 

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Publish Date: 04-21-2014 03:48:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Contact: Chelsea Zahn
Pittsburghpassion.com

Dominating Defensive Performance Pushed the Pittsburgh Passion to Victory in Carolina 

PITTSBURGH ” The Pittsburgh Passion kicked off the season tonight in their 100th game against the defending National Champions the Carolina Phoenix in Durham, North Carolina.
The first touchdown of the season came early when Passion Quarterback, Lisa Horton connected to Wide Receiver, Rachel Wojdowski in a 9-yard Touchdown Pass to give the
Passion an early 7-0 lead.  The first quarter also showcased the Passion's defense and would continue throughout by ending the quarter 7-6.   After a Passion interception by Rookie, Defensive Back, Ashley Strawn, the Passion offense led by Horton began to roll.  Touchdowns by Wojdowski and Fullback, Kadesha Clark gave the team a lead.  The Passion led at the half 20-6. The second half started with an onside kick recovery by the Passion.  The game quickly turned into a battle of the defenses as both squads exchanged possessions in the second half. The Passion broke the goal line for one more rushing touchdown by Clark late in the fourth to make the final score Pittsburgh Passion 29 Carolina Phoenix 6. 


Horton led the team with 215 yards passing and 2 touchdown connections both to Wojdowski.  The leading rusher of the night was Running Back, Ciara Chic with 72 yards. 
Clark added 44 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.  The receiving duo of Rachel Wojdowski and Amanda Haeg combined for 15 receptions for 190 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Linebacker, Octavia Griswold led the team with 7 tackles.   Ashley Strawn and Krissy Edmonds each had one interception and veteran player Beth Amato had a fumble recovery.  The Passion defense also got on the scoring act in the 4th quarter with Defensive Lineman, Kaitlain Niedermeyer tackling the Carolina Phoenix ball carrier in the end zone for a safety and contributed to 6 more tackles during the game.


The Pittsburgh Passion (1-0) will travel to Philadelphia on April 19, to take on the Philadelphia Firebirds in their week two match-up on the road. For more information, visit www.pittsburghpassion.com.

 

Publish Date: 04-15-2014 13:56:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                             
MARCH 31, 2014

CONTACT:  Luther J. Sewell
                    Talk Magazine
                    Phone:  412.823.4007
                    Email:   talk.events@ljspublishing.com       




Talk Magazine's 2014 PA African-American
Network Convention


Pittsburgh, PA  -  On April 25 & 26, 2014, Talk Magazine, a 51-year old African-American owned publication, and several statewide organizations will host the Eleventh Pennsylvania African-American Network Convention with informative Panel Discussions and exceptional Speakers.  This two-day Convention is FREE, open to the public, and will convene at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 

The Opening Reception is on Friday, April 25 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Remarks from various Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and State Elected Officials. 

Jake Wheatley, Pa House of Representatives
On Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am to 2:00 noon, beginning with Morning Remarks from Rep. Jake Wheatley, leading into Open Panel Discussions focused on the importance of Foundation wealth distribution to minority agencies and programs, along with diversity of boards, and interaction with front-line service groups.  In addition, topics will include the importance of sharing resources to improve efficiency and growth of minority organizations.   

Planning is ongoing and we will update names of speakers and panelists closer to the event dates.

For additional information, call 412.823.4007.



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Publish Date: 04-13-2014 17:15:00
 


Prime Stage Theatre Brings Shakespeare Unleashed to the Stage
A Night of Filled with Sword Fights and Monologues
                                                                              
PITTSBURGH Prime Stage Theatre is honoring Shakespeare's 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom heard Shakespearean monologues and scenes.

Shakespeare Unleashed, part of the continuing season of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage, will be held on Friday, April 18.



Directed by Dek Ingraham, Shakespeare Unleashed celebrates Shakespeare's artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up close but safe action of swordplay. Fight Choreography by Tonya Lynn is sure to impress.

Come out and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Join us at Max's Allegheny Tavern, located at 537 Suismon Street on the North Side, beginning at 7:00 pm with the performance running from 7:30-8:30pm.

Limited seating is available.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance only. 

For more information on the show or to buy tickets, visit www.primestage.com.


                                                                                                               
Like us on Facebook (Prime Stage Theatre) and follow us on Twitter @prime_stage.
Our mission is to entertain, educate and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and literature.

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Samantha Stonebraker
Marketing Director
Prime Stage Theatre - "Bringing Literature to Life"

 

Publish Date: 04-13-2014 17:11:00
 


PITTSBURGH, PA The 17th installment of Art All Night: Lawrenceville will be held beginning 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014. Art All Night is an annual non- juried, uncensored 24-hour art show in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Art All Night admission and artist participation is free and open to the public. Art All Night merchandise is available for purchase and a live art auction features the collaborative work of on-site artists. All the proceeds from the evening directly support Art All Night.
The 17th annual Art All Night will feature original artwork, activities for children and adults, an art auction and live entertainment. Throughout the night, guests can participate in collaborative art activities, including chalk art, group improv sessions, and memory drawing. On-site artists will collaborate to create a work of art, and the live art auction gives guests a chance to bid on the pieces created during the 24-hour period.



Art All Night for Children
Children's activities will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and again 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The children's area will be adjacent to a youth-friendly section of art; the rest of the show is uncensored. Children and families will have the chance to build their own cardboard city, weave using recycled materials, and create silkscreen prints, among other fun activities.

Call for Artists
Art All Night is a community event that gives everyone an opportunity to exhibit art. Artists are encouraged to participate by submitting one work to the show, regardless of age or skill level. All mediums are accepted and participation is always free. Registration will be available online in early April at artallnight.org.
To participate in the show, artists must drop off their work between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, April 26, at Willow Street Development, 40th and Willow Street in Lawrenceville. All artwork must arrive ready to hang or otherwise be displayed. Artists submitting work will need to show a photo ID during both registration and pickup; art pickup is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

Call for Donations and Volunteers
Donations can also be made to the event in all forms from local businesses and friends of Art All Night. All donors will be listed on the acknowledgement board during the event. Art All Night is an event organized and staffed entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the 24 hour period and volunteers can assist with various tasks during the event. Visit artallnight.org to learn more about volunteering and donation opportunities.
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Art All Night Online
Connect with the Art All Night team via social media. Join the event on Facebook at facebook.com/artallnight and follow @ArtAllNight on Twitter for event updates, behind-the- scenes pictures and more. Find inspiration, photos and other information for this year's Art All Night: Lawrenceville by searching the hashtag #AAN17. Use #ImAnArtAllNighter to be a part of the conversation with the Art All Night volunteer team and other Art All Night participants.

Event Address:
40th and Willow Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Hours: 4 p.m. April 26, 2014, to 2 p.m. April 27, 2014
Admission: Free
General Contact: (412) 235-1950Press: press@artallnight.orgAddress: Lawrenceville Corporation, 100 43rd Street, Suite 106, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Maya Henry
Director of Special Initiatives
Lawrenceville Corporation
The Ice House Studios
100 43rd Street, Suite 106
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

maya@lawrencevillecorp.com
PHONE: 412-621-1616 x103
FAX: 412-621-1555
Visit http://www.lvpgh.com/membership and become a member today!

 

Publish Date: 04-13-2014 16:56:00
 

NCJW Spring Designer Days event to be held April 24-27, 2014
NCJW showcases home furnishings store, offers shoppers two exciting opportunities in 2014 to shop discount designer labels and support NCJW initiatives

Pittsburgh, PA (April 9, 2014) ” This spring, National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) will kick off an exciting new sale for Designer Days shoppers. The first-ever Spring Designer Days shopping event will be held April 24-27 at the NCJW Home Consignment Store, located at 1913 Monongahela Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 in Swissvale.

Additionally, NCJW's annual fall Designer Days event will be held November 6-9, also at the Home Consignment Store. 

We're thrilled to offer our loyal customers an opportunity to shop Designer Days fashions twice a


year for a great cause, said Andrea Kline Glickman, NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director. This will be a wonderful way for our shoppers to incorporate shopping for eclectic, high-end home furnishings, as well as designer clothing and accessoriesadding to the excitement of the Designer Days weekend.

NCJW's Designer Days events support extensive programming and initiatives that benefit women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region. Proceeds from this year's Spring Designer Days event and the fall sale will directly support NCJW initiatives and community service projects, including The Center for Women, a joint initiative of NCJW and The Jewish Women's Foundation. Launched in 2013, The Center for Women works to ensure women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Center for Women provides programs and initiatives dedicated to helping women increase financial literacy, build career-related skills, connect with mentorship and internship opportunities and provide referrals to additional support services.
  
All year long, NCJW collects designer labels as well as name brands and sells them at the Designer Days shopping extravaganza, including: Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. Some of the fashion world's best names are offered at a fraction of the original cost at Designer Days. Shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children.

In addition to gently-used and new designer labels, NCJW's Home Consignment Store location offers a unique opportunity to shop eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW's Thriftique store. Shoppers will receive coupons to all of NCJW's stores.

The shopping weekend will kick off on Thursday, April 24 with the Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party. Along with an opportunity to shop prior to the weekend public sale, guests will enjoy food and desserts from many of Pittsburgh's food trucks.

Admission to the Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party is $20 per person and can be paid at the door. Shoppers who attend the Preview Party obtain first access to the best merchandise.

Designer Days continues on Friday the 25th with a preview sale from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. ($10 admission at the door, open to the public) and then a two-day free admission public sale on April 26 and 27. Free parking is available throughout the entire weekend.

Each year, more than 5,000 people ”many of whom come year after year, and from out-of-state”are invited to visit the annual Designer Days sale for great finds and great buys.

Spring Designer Days Chair: Carolyn Jensen. NCJW Social Enterprise Committee Chair: Bear Brandegee. Spring Designer Days Event Committee: Jeff Herzog, Henry Krakovsky, Kitty Olisky, Barbara Shafran.   

For more information about the Spring Designer Days event, please visit the event Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DesignerDays), the NCJW website (www.ncjwpgh.org) or contact NCJW at 412.421.6118.


2014 Designer Days Spring Fling Schedule
Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party
Thursday, April 24;
6-9 p.m.
$20 admission at door

Spring Designer Days
Early Bird Sale
Friday, April 25;
10 a.m. 6 p.m.

$10 admission at door during Early Bird hours (10 a.m. 1 p.m.)
Spring Designer Days
Sale
Saturday, April 26; 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Free admission
Spring Designer Days Sale
Sunday, April 27;
Noon 4 p.m.
Free admission


About NCJW Pittsburgh Section

NCJW PITTSBURGH SECTION MILESTONES: 1894: FIRST FREE KINDERGARTEN 1904: IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY 1911: PENNY LUNCH PROGRAM 1925: STUDENT AID PROJECT 1927: THRIFTIQUE 1929: LEAGUE FOR HANDICAPPED 1942: USO RECREATION ROOM 1957: ANATHAN HOUSE 1963: HEADSTART 1964: WOMEN'S JOB CORE 1968: JEWISH ORAL HISTORY PROJECT 1970: DESIGNER DAYS 1975: FRIENDS INDEED 1980: CHILDREN'S ROOMS IN THE COURTS 1983: COUNCIL CARE SENIOR ADULT DAY CENTER 1987: HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS 1989: SOVIET RESETTLEMENT MENTOR FAMILY PROGRAM 1993: KOMEN PITTSBURGH RACE FOR THE CURE 1995: SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY 1997: SILENT WITNESS 1998: SUIT YOURSELF 1999: PIC-A-BAG 2000: CHILDREN'S LITERACY PROJECT 2002: HERITAGE SOCIETY 2007: DESIGNER DAYS BOUTIQUE 2011: NCJW HOME CONSIGNMENTS  2012: PERSONAL CARE CLOSET 2013: CENTER FOR WOMEN

The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Since our founding in 1894, NCJW Pittsburgh Section has provided a safety net for women, children and families in need, establishing pioneering programs to meet unmet needs: the first free kindergartens and penny lunch program, resettlement support for newly arriving refugees, the program that would eventually become Headstart and so much more. We have rallied and continue to rally -- for reproductive choice the protection of women and children from all forms of abuse and for laws, policies and practices that improve the economic independence of women. Today, NCJW's nonsectarian community service projects include programs like the Center for Women that supports economic independence of women in transition; Suit Yourself Voucher Program which provides free business clothes to low-income individuals re-entering the workforce, Children's Rooms in the Courts which are a safe, fun environment for young children while their parents/caregivers tend to family court matters and Silent Witness Initiative that raises awareness of domestic violence.


For more information on NCJW Pittsburgh Section, please visit www.ncjwpgh.org or call 412-421-6118.

 

Publish Date: 04-10-2014 20:12:00
 

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS CELEBRATE LIFE AND WORKS OF MOZART
Festival, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, opens April 25 and closes May 4

PITTSBURGH ” Each of Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart's vast number of compositions is considered a musical gem. Join Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate Mozart's extensive catalog of masterpieces during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics Mozart Festival, a two-week exploration of the five pillars of Mozart's music ” symphony, concerto, chamber music, opera and sacred music.
 
The opening weekend of the festival, April 25-27, features celebrated Mozart scholar and pianist Robert Levin, who will join the Pittsburgh Symphony in performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, a favorite concerto of Beethoven's. 
Opening weekend concert times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Music of Mozart at the Carnegie Music Hall is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. The Mozart Festival finale weekend features concerts at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Tickets for the opening and closing weekends, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org. Tickets, $15-$35, for Music of Mozart can be purchased at pittsburghchambermusic.org or 412-624-4129.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 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.

Noah Bendix-Bagley
Noah Bendix-Balgley is a laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and also won third prize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Bendix-Balgley won the first prize at the 2011 Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris and was awarded first Prize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the 14th International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in Fermo, Italy. As a soloist, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, I Pomeriggi Musicale of Milan, Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony (USA). In 2011, Bendix-Balgley was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His Pittsburgh debut recital in January 2012 was named the Best Classical Concert of 2012 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bendix-Balgley has also performed his own version of The Star-Spangled Banner for solo violin in front of 39,000 fans at the Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day at PNC Park. He is a passionate and experienced chamber musician and has performed on North American tour with the Miro String Quartet. From 2008 to 2011, he was the 1st violinist of the Munich-based Athlos String Quartet, which won a special prize at the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin, and performed throughout Europe. Bendix-Balgley has appeared at numerous festivals in Europe and North America, including the Verbier Festival, Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Brevard Music Center, and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, Germany. Bendix-Balgley graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. He is a part of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music as an artist lecturer and coaches several student string quartets.

William Caballero
William Caballero has been principal horn for the Pittsburgh Symphony for 25 years. Before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony in May 1989, Caballero previously held principal horn positions with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Hartford Symphony. He held third horn positions with the Montreal Symphony, Montreal Opera and acting third horn with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. He has also performed as guest principal horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony. Born in New Mexico and reared in Wisconsin, Caballero's early horn studies included working under Larry Simons, Barry Benjamin and Basil Tyler, as well as studying the piano and pipe organ. Caballero graduated from New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Richard Mackey and Thomas Newell, both former members of the Boston Symphony. Currently, Caballero is the associate teaching professor of horn at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Previously, he held teaching positions at Indiana University Bloomington, Rice University in Houston, Texas and Duquesne University. He has been invited and presented master classes throughout the world including Northwestern University, Colburn School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Indiana Bloomington, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories. The past two summers he joined the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival as performer and teacher. For the previous seven summers, Caballero was on the faculty and performed at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
In January 2012, Caballero began collaboration with the Internet music teaching company ArtistWorks.com based in Napa, California. He holds the Pittsburgh Symphony's Anonymous Foundation Principal Horn Chair.

Manfred Honeck 
Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than 10 years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.  He began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 2010, Honeck was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Apart from his numerous tasks as conductor, he has been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 15 years. Honeck served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, a position he has resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic and in the United States with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Manfred Honeck's successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is now captured by Reference Recordings. The first SACD ” of Strauss tone poems ” was released in fall 2013 and received rave reviews. Several additional recordings are completed and it is expected that two releases will be issued per year.

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, soprano Sunhae Im was seen as Dorinda in a new staging of Handel's
 Sunhae Im 
Orlando in Rennes, Brest, Versailles and at the ThГ©Гctre du Capitole de Toulouse. Further engagements took her to Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Brahms: Requiem ); to France (Mozart: Requiem under Laurence Equilbey); to Paris, Brussels, Madrid and Crakow (Handel: La Resurrezione ); to the KГ¶lner Philharmonie and the Salle Pleyel in Paris (Handel: Orlando ); and to the Wiener Musikverein and the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels (Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium ). In Berlin, she did a Christmas program with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra. Since her European stage debut in 2000, South Korean Im”who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann”has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Oper Frankfurt, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the OpГ©ra National de Paris (Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo under Thomas Hengelbrock), the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des CarmГ©lites under Manfred Honeck), the Korean National Opera (Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), the Budapest Palace of Arts (Zerlina in Don Giovanni under IvГ¡n Fischer), and the Theater an der Wien (La Finta Giardiniera and L'Orfeo ). Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Festival and Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans BrГ¼ggen, Giovanni Antonini, IvГ¡n Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski and RenГ© Jacobs. She also has close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie fГ¼r Alte Musik Berlin (AKAMUS), as well as the Freiburger Barockorchester. Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.

 Sunhae Im 
Pianist and conductor Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway with such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. On period pianos, he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, Handel & Haydn Society, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre RГ©volutionnaire et Romantique. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Levin has recorded a Mozart concerto cycle for Decca; a Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv (including the world premiere recording of Beethoven's arrangement of the Fourth Concerto for piano and string quintet); and the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Helmuth Rilling. A passionate advocate of new music, Levin has commissioned and premiered a large number of works.  He is a renowned chamber musician and a noted theorist and musicologist. His completions of Mozart fragments are published by BГ¤renreiter, Breitkopf & HГ¤rtel, Carus, Peters and Wiener Urtext Edition, and recorded and performed throughout the world.

Donald Marinelli picture courtesy Carnegie Mellon
Donald Marinelli retired from Carnegie Mellon University in April 2012, concluding 31 years of service to the university in a variety of capacities. Together with the late computer science professor Randy Pausch, Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center. Marinelli also was a tenured professor of drama and arts management at CMU. Marinelli was integral in the creation of the Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management program, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and the Master of Entertainment Technology degree program within the ETC. He is currently executive vice president of Vissman Management, a merger, acquisition and venture capital firm based in Pittsburgh. He is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Marinelli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He received a M.A. in clinical psychology, specializing in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University. Marinelli subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism in 1987.


Michael Rusinek
Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in fall 1998 as principal clarinet. Born in Toronto, Canada, his early studies were with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He later attended The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, he was appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich to the post of assistant principal clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition to his position in the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has performed as guest principal clarinet with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, the St. Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and as a recitalist across Canada, on CBC Radio, and throughout the United States and Israel, including appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music. Dedicated to teaching, he has led master classes at some of the leading institutions around the country, including The Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music and the New World Symphony. He served on the faculty of the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Canton, China, for its inaugural season, and returns often to play and teach in Tianjin and Beijing. He also has served on the faculty of Instrumenta Verano in Mexico. He is currently on faculty at the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University.


Anne Martindale Williams
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, AndrГ© Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. She made her London debut performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, and solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe and the Far East. 
Editors Please Note:

MOZART FESTIVAL OPENS
Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
WILLIAM CABALLERO, horn
ROBERT LEVIN, piano
Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart            Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
                                                           I. Allegro
II. Romance: Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegro

                                                Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466
                                                            I. Allegro
II. Romanza
III. Rondo: Allegro assai

Solo Improvisation  Г¡ lГ  Mozart

Concerto No. 1 in D major for Horn and Orchestra, K. 386b [412] (completed and edited by Robert. D. Levin)
                                                            I. Allegro
                                                            II. Allegro

                                                Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
IV. Molto allegro

MUSIC OF MOZART
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
CHAMBER MUSIC PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MICHAEL RUSINEK, clarinet
NOAH BENDIX-BALGLEY, violin
CHRISTOPHER WU, violin
MENG WANG, viola
ANNE MARTINDALE WILLIAMS, cello
ROBERT LEVIN, piano

Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart            First movement of a Violin Sonata in G major KV Anh. 47/546a*
Fantasy in C minor KV 396 (385f)*
First movement from a Violin Sonata in B-flat major KV372/KV Anh. 49*
*
Mozart fragments completed by Harvard scholar and Classical period keyboard expert Robert Levin

                                                Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478

                                                Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
MAD ABOUT MOZART
Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
SUNHAE IM, soprano
LUCAS MEACHEM, baritone
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH (Betsy Burleigh, director)
DON MARINELLI, host

Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart                        Mass in c minor, K. 417a  
I. Kyrie
Laudamus te

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 
Laudate Dominum

Alleluia from Exsultate, jubilate, K. 158a (165)

Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618

Requiem in d minor, K. 626  
Dies Irae
Confutatis
Lacrimosa

Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527

Finch' han dal vino (Champagne Aria) from Don Giovanni

Deh vieni alla finestra, Canzonetta from Don Giovanni

Giovinette, che fate alla amore, Duet and Chorus from Don Giovanni

LГ  ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

Non piГ¹ andrai from The Marriage of Figaro

Porgi, amor Cavatina from The Marriage of Figaro

Hai giГ  vinto¦VedrГ² mentr'io sospiro from The Marriage of Figaro

Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from The Magic Flute

O Isis und Osiris, Chorus of the Priests from The Magic Flute

Papageno's Suicide Scene and Duet, Papageno! Papagena!
from The Magic Flute

Final Chorus from The Magic Flute

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


 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 21:39:00
 

Prime Stage Theatre Brings Shakespeare Unleashed to the Stage
A Night of Filled with Sword Fights and Monologues
                                                                              
PITTSBURGH Prime Stage Theatre is honoring Shakespeare's 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom heard Shakespearean monologues and scenes.

Shakespeare Unleashed, part of the continuing season of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage, will be held on Friday, April 18.



Directed by Dek Ingraham, Shakespeare Unleashed celebrates Shakespeare's artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up close but safe action of swordplay. Fight Choreography by Tonya Lynn is sure to impress.

Come out and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Join us at Max's Allegheny Tavern, located at 537 Suismon Street on the North Side, beginning at 7:00 pm with the performance running from 7:30-8:30pm.

Limited seating is available.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance only. 

For more information on the show or to buy tickets, visit www.primestage.com.


                                                                                                               
Like us on Facebook (Prime Stage Theatre) and follow us on Twitter @prime_stage.
Our mission is to entertain, educate and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and literature.

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--

Samantha Stonebraker
Marketing Director
Prime Stage Theatre - "Bringing Literature to Life"

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 21:24:00
 


MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST
Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids Aprill 11 - 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                         

April 8, 2014

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

MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN
FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST

Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids April 11 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH”Over 40 entries were received from young musicians around the region who play the piano, violin, cello, and classical guitar or sing for Classical WQED-FM 89.3's Musical Kids competition for middle school students. Twelve finalists in grades six to eight have been chosen, and half of the students hail from North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh. In addition, two are from Monongalia County schools in West Virginia, with the remaining students attending private and charter schools, or being home schooled.

Finalists include:

· Issac Che, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Home School

· Elizabeth Edwards, 13, Seventh Grade, Cello, Home School

· Christopher Fedor, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Enoch Hsiao, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Benjamin Kiehl, 13, Seventh Grade, Classical Guitar, Westwood Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

· Devin Lai, 12, Seventh Grade, Violin, Suncrest Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

· Amanda Lu, 13, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Stephanie Petinaux, 11, Sixth Grade, Piano, St. Kilian Parish School

· Rebeka Rest, 12, Sixth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Celeste Shannon, 13, Seventh Grade, Vocalist, Environmental Charter School at Frick Park

· William Wang, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

· Andrew Zhang, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Carson Middle School, North Allegheny School District

The public is invited to cast their online vote for their favorite finalist from April 11 through 30 atwww.wqed.org/musicalkids. One of six winners will be chosen by the public through the online voting portal. The remaining five winners will be selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including:

· Donna Amato, Piano, Carnegie Mellon University

· Devin Arrington, Violin, Musicians With A Mission

· Mary Lynne Bennett, Piano, Duquesne University

· Jim Cunningham, Artistic Director, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

· Amanda Iannuzzi, Flute, East Winds Symphonic band

· Joanna Marie, Singer

· Julie Mutmansky, Trumpet, East Winds Symphonic band

· Patty Neeper, Piano, Steinway Piano Gallery, Pittsburgh

· Jim Rodgers, Contrabassoon, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

· Anna Singer, Singer, Weekday Host and Music Coordinator, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

· Jordan Winkler, Trumpet, River City Brass

· Roger Zahab, Violin, University of Pittsburgh

Winners will be announced Monday, May 5 on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 by Anna Singer at noon and recognized publicly at Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 9. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with interviews and LIVE performances with the winners will air on Performance in Pittsburgh Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. In addition, presentations will be held at each winner's school where prizes including a plaque will be awarded.

Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by grants from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation and The Fine Foundation.

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

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2014 11:49:00
 


For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org

Images available: TrustArts.org/press
Search: Wayne McGregor 2014




PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
A PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL
PRESENTATION OF
WAYNE MCGREGOR | RANDOM DANCE
FAR
GROUND-BREAKING CHOREOGRAPHY BY
AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater


Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings you Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor has crafted a stunning piece for the ten dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance that will present the evening length work, FAR.
McGregor's choreography FAR was inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th century French philosopher Diderot's very first set of encyclopedia. His groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, performed by 10 dancers, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. Since the premiere of FAR in 2010, the work has been performed around the world, receiving accolades for its ever-insightful vision. Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work on the planet. The New York Times


The performance includes a superb score by Brian Eno and collaborator Ben Frost, visuals including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights designed by rAndom International and Lucy Carter,  and costumes by Moritz Junge.
Wayne McGregor is renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1, Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Mariinsky Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and has choreographed music videos including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower video for Radiohead, and Ingenue for Atoms for Peace. He has also directed opera for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, London, and choreographed for plays, musicals, fashion shows and art galleries including site specific installations at the Hayward Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Canary Wharf, Glastonbury, the Pompidou Centre and for Secret Cinema. In July 2012 he created a large-scale public dance work with 1000 performers, Big Dance Trafalgar Square, part of London 2012 Festival in celebration of the London Olympic Games


Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is a Resident Company of Sadler's Wells and winner of the South Bank Show Award for Dance, The International Theatre Institute's Award for Excellence in International Dance, The Movimentos Award and the Critics' Circle Award. McGregor's Random Dance was the first dance company to release a film on iTunes: the award-winning Entity.  In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
FAR is co-produced by Sadler's Wells, London, UK and by Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Montclair, USA and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
FAR is co-commissioned by Maison de la Danse, Lyon, FR; Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia, IT; Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade, SE; Belfast Festival, Belfast, UK; Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, Brighton, UK; Laban Theatre, London, UK and DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.

TICKETS
Tickets ($19-$55) may be purchased online at www.TrustArts.org, in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, or by calling 412-456-6666. Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Dance Council season by calling (412) 456-1390 or online at www.TrustArts.org/Dance.


ABOUT PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL
Each year the Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, showcases a world-class season of dance. As the largest presenter of international performances in the city, the Dance Council, now celebrating its 44th season, continues to help make our Cultural District one of the country's leading arts and entertainment centers.



ABOUT 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.

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

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 15:04:00
 

Rock's Bell receives PSAC-West Player of the Week honor

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. Slippery Rock University junior catcher/designated hitter Alex Bell was named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division baseball Player of the Week for the week ending March 16, 2014.

Bell batted .625 and had a .688 slugging percentage with 10 hits, including a double, in 16 at bats in four games played last week.

A Pittsburgh native and Upper St. Clair High School graduate, Bell also walked five times to record a .727 on base average, collected nine RBIs and scored seven runs.

Bell currently leads The Rock's everyday players in hitting with a .442 average as well as in runs batted in with 20.

A first-year member of The Rock program after playing two seasons at Division I St. Bonaventure University, Bell is one of two SRU players who have hit a home run this spring and ranks fourth on the team in doubles with three.

Bell was the second Rock player to earn a PSAC-West Player of the Week honor this spring. Junior outfielder Adam Urbania earned the honor March 3.

The Rock take a 10-4 win-loss record into a pair of games scheduled for Tuesday at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Fla.


Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Fax: 724.738.4761
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu
www.sru.edu

A ROCK SOLID Education

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:52:00
 
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2014


ACTOR, SINGER MANDY PATINKIN TO PERFORM WITH PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL

PITTSBURGH”Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. The acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller will appear on the Heinz Hall stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in his most electrifying role ” concert performer.

Known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer joins your Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway classics.

The first part of the evening will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor, only. Patinkin will join the orchestra in the second half, under the direction of veteran Broadway conductor and arranger Eric Stern.

Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $115, are on sale now and can be purchased from the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

Mandy Patinkin (Brigitte LaCombe)
In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden and, in 1997, played a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Patinkin's other solo concerts ” Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen ” have been presented both on- and off-Broadway.

In 2009, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York's Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Patinkin continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London's West End at the Duke of York's Theatre. His feature film credits include Wish I Was Here (upcoming), The Wind Rises (upcoming), Everybody's Hero, The Choking Man, Pinero, The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe nomination), The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie and Squanto: Indian Warrior. Patinkin won a 1995 Emmy Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope and starred in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and in the Showtime Original Series Dead Like Me as the reaper Rube Sofer. Patinkin returned to TV in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime Original Series Homeland as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson. In 1989, Patinkin began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album, entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the United States, Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. Patinkin resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.

Fawzi Haimor is in his second season in the position of assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Pittsburgh, he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education and outreach. Haimor also has worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Amman Symphony in the Middle East and, in Europe, Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto. He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael FrГ¼hbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In the current season, his guest engagements include the Erie Chamber Orchestra and a return to Alabama and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, as a guest artist. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama. He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. He has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. He is also a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He has earned bachelor's degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, and a master's degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master's in instrumental conducting from Indiana University.

Eric Stern is a veteran Broadway conductor and arranger with more than 15 Broadway musicals and 30 albums to his credit. He has worked with a fascinating list of people including Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Elaine Stritch, Tyne Daly, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jule Styne, Mickey Rooney, Marla Maples, Cy Coleman and countless others. Outside the theatre, Stern has built a reputation as a concert and broadcast conductor. He has led many of the country's major orchestras including The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra. He conducted a long list of ground-breaking recordings for the Nonesuch label, including a string of albums with Dawn Upshaw, Mandy Patinkin and Audra MacDonald. His albums include the highly successful Leonard Bernstein's New York and three complete Gershwin musicals: Lady Be Good, Pardon My English and Oh, Kay! Stern has concertized and recorded with such varied artists as Thomas Hampson, Betty Buckley, Jessye Norman, Debra Voigt, Fred Hersh, Dianne Reeves and Richard Stoltzman. Stern has been a frequent guest conductor for the BBC's national Orchestra of Wales. He has established himself as an authentic interpreter of American concert music, specializing in the works of Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland. In Europe, he has conducted gala performances of Porgy and Bess and Bernstein's Mass as well as many programs of American film music.

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, April 5
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor
ERIC STERN, conductor
MANDY PATINKIN, vocalist
First half orchestra only:

Leonard Bernstein (adpt. Peress)               Overture to West Side Story

Frederick Loewe (arr. Bennett)                 Selections for Orchestra from My Fair Lady
Klaus Badelt (arr. Ricketts)                       Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean
Second half featuring Mandy Patinkin:
Tateh's Theme
It's Not Easy Bein' Green
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
Mr. Arthur's Place
           Bohemian Rhapsody
Doodle Doo Doo Medley
           Somewhere Over the Rainbow
           Rock-a-Bye Your Baby
Anyone Can Whistle
           Children and Art (piano)
Sunday
Rock Island
Ya Got Trouble
           The Band Played on Medley
           Soliloquy
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:36:00
 
CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE BRINGS TO THE STAGE
CLYBOURNE PARK
ONLY PLAY TO WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE, OLIVIER, AND TONY AWARD
MARCH 21 APRIL 13
Press Opening: Wednesday, March 26


CLEVELAND, OH (Mar. 10, 2014) - Only one play in history has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway's Tony Award for Best Play, and London's Olivier Award for Best New Play. Securing the Triple Crown of theatre has made Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park one of the most acclaimed American plays in recent memory, earning accolades from such diverse critics as Entertainment Weekly (indisputably, uproariously funny ) to The New Yorker (superb, elegantly written and hilarious ). Cleveland Play House is proud to present this wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play from March 21 April 13 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.

Tackling the timely issues of race and real estate with biting humor, Clybourne Park covers subjects particularly relevant and important to Cleveland today. The play is Norris' modern answer to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and takes place in the same fictional neighborhood the Younger family moves at the end of that classic play.

The first act of Clybourne Park is set in 1959 where a white couple has unknowingly sold their home to a black family, causing an uproar in their all-white neighborhood. Act Two fast forwards 50 years to 2009 when a young white couple buys the same house with plans to rebuild and gentrify their piece of the predominantly black, but changing, neighborhood. Although taking place 50 years apart, both acts devolve from conversations rooted in political correctness to emotion-fueled debates hilariously highlighting the way we talk or don't talk about hot-button subjects.

The award-winning Clybourne Park is a dangerous and thrilling play that will have audiences gasping and laughing in equal measure, states CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley. As thoughtful as it is challenging, we believe the play will inspire invigorating discussions about change, opportunity and the future of our local and global neighborhoods.  CPH will host post-show discussions after every performance, moderated by CPH artistic staff and a member of the cast.

Clybourne Park contains strong language and mature themes.

Clybourne Park Cast
Kristen Adele (Francine/Lena), Bernard Bygott (Kenneth), Jessica Kitchens(Betsey/Lindsay), Christian Pedersen (Karl/Steve), Jim Poulos (Jim/Tom), Remi Sandri (Russ/Dan), Roya Shanks (Bev/Kathy), Daniel Morgan Shelley (Albert/Kevin)

Clybourne Park Creative Team
Bruce Norris (Playwright), Mark Cuddy (Director), G.W. Mercier (Scenic and Costume Designer), Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Jones (Sound Designer),John Godbout (Stage Manager) and Tom Humes (Assistant Stage Manager).

This production of Clybourne Park is a co-production with Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.
Clybourne Park Special Events  

Tech Tuesday: Clybourne Park                                                                                    
March 17, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This is a special presentation, taking place on a Monday. Hear from the director, then sit in on a technical rehearsal ("tech") to see how set, lights, sound, costumes and actors all come together as opening night nears! RSVP required.

Behind-the-Scenes: Creating a World                                                                                
March 15, 2014 @ 12:30pm 2:00pm                                                                                          
To put 50 years of one home's history on stage, the creative team of Clybourne Park - and every CPH show - must perform theatrical alchemy: turn words on a page into a complete and seamless world on the stage. We'll take a deep dive into the research and resources required for a director and designers to make this magic happen.

 Season Extra: Beneatha's Place
April 7, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Noted writer-director Kwame Kwei-Armah's play responds to his perception that Clybourne Park perpetuates the connotation¦ that whites build and blacks destroy. Join theClybourne cast for a special reading of this play and TalkBack.

TalkBack: Breath and Imagination
Audiences will want to talk about what they've seen in Clybourne Park and CPH will host a TalkBack in the theatre immediately following every performance.

 Ticket Information
 Clybourne Park will take place March 21 April 13, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.  Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each.  Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price.  Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine.  To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.  Groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

 Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

 The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:25:00
 
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2014

AMERICAN COMPOSERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT DURING PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS PERFORMANCE

PITTSBURGH”Salute the red, white and blue with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics American Fanfare weekend on March 28-30 at Heinz Hall.

With conductor Michael Stern, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be the centerpiece of a program featuring some of the most beloved works of American composers, including Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin's An American in Paris, among others.

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, 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 BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 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.


Conductor Michael Stern is in his eighth season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth and development since his tenure began. Stern and the orchestra, joined by an amazing collection of guest artists, have performed to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences in their new world-class performance home, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stern also is the founding artistic director and principal conductor of IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. This unique group, now in its second decade, has been widely praised for its virtuosity and programming, and has produced a string of recordings and acclaimed commissioned new works by American composers. Other positions include a tenure as the chief conductor of Germany's SaarbrГ¼cken Radio Symphony Orchestra (the first American chief conductor in the orchestra's history) and as permanent guest conductor of the orchestre National de Lyon in France, a position which he held for five years, and a stint as the principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille, France. Stern received his music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his major teacher was the noted conductor and scholar Max Rudolf. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a degree in American history.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:19:00
 
Contact: Michelle Belan
Marketing & Communications Director
412.561.6000 x203
mbelan@picttheatre.org
www.picttheatre.org












PICT Theatre opens 2014 season with Blithe Spirit
 PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford to direct ghostly comedy
First professional production of Blithe Spirit in Pittsburgh since 1971


Pittsburgh, PA March 11, 2014. PICT Theatre's Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford has selected a bold assortment of classic plays for PICT's 18th season, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Each play contains its own version of wickedness, with the Noel Coward classic Blithe Spirit opening the season May 3rd (May 1 and 2 previews.)

Alan selected Blithe Spirit to launch the season with humor and broad appeal. Noel Coward's humor and wit is as engaging today as ever, and a comedy from this era might help relieve the withdrawal symptoms for the fans of Downton Abbey.

About the Plays
Blithe Spirit: Not since 1971, when Helen Wayne Rauh played Madame Arcati for The Playhouse has Pittsburgh seen a professional production of Noel Coward's classic comedy Blithe Spirit. Perhaps more remarkably, Mrs. Rauh played the very same role in 1945! Written to entertain London's beleaguered audiences during World War II, this comedy tells the story of Charles Condomine, a novelist who hosts a sГ©ance with the quirky clairvoyant Madame Arcati in order to gather material for a book. Much to Charles' surprise, Madame Arcati not only successfully makes contact with his first wife, Elvira, but now Elvira won't leave him alone and his second wife, Ruth, is none too pleased!

Mary Rawson has been cast to play the quirky Madame Arcati, the clairvoyant who unwittingly brings back the dead in Blithe Spirit. Mary earned a Performer of the Year nod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her portrayal of Violet Watson in August: Osage County. In addition to her many acting credits, she teaches at Point Park University, and is perhaps most famous for playing Cousin Mary Owl on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Mary will return to the PICT stage to play Miss Havisham in December's Great Expectations.

Dan Rodden, sometimes described as Don Knotts meets Cary Grant, will make his Pittsburgh premiere as Charles Condomine, a role he played for the New American Theatre (Rockford) under the direction of Richard Raether. Other selected credits include Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (Nebraska Repertory Theatre); Felix Unger inThe Odd Couple (Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre), and Benedick inMuch Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Project of Chicago).

Daina Michelle Griffith will play second wife Ruth Condomine. She was one of Pittsburgh's busiest actresses in 2013, starring in 7 mainstage productions for Quantum, The REP, No Name Players, barebones and Off the Wall, and earning a nod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as Performer of the Year for her efforts. Most recently she appeared inCompany for Pittsburgh Public Theater. She was last seen on the PICT stage in the world premiere of Martin Giles' Beautiful Dreamers in 2010.

Vera Varlamov returns to PICT to play the ghostly Elvira, having played Rachelka/Marianna in the Pittsburgh premiere of Our Class in April of 2013. Vera earned a nod as a breakout performer by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her performances in Chekhov's Three Sisters, as well as playing two roles in two short plays for Funny Chekhov during PICT's Chekhov Celebration in 2012.

James FitzGerald, who is one of two featured artists for the PICT 2014 season, will play Dr. Bradman, an invited guest to the sГ©ance. James most recently appeared on the PICT stage as Mr. Dumby in Lady Windermere's Fan. James is a stalwart member of the PICT team, having appeared with the company since 2008. He has performed 16 seasons with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as well as other Chicago-area theatres, and is the recipient of two of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards. He will be appearing in all but one play during the PICT 2014 season.

 Karen Baum will play Edith, the hapless maid in the Condomine household. Karen is also a featured artist for PICT during the 2014 season. She will appear in all but two plays in the PICT season and only because those two plays have no female roles. Two of her best-remembered performances would be Cordelia in King Lear and the maid in Boston Marriage. Last season with PICT, she played Woman 4, Nurse 1 and Young Girl in the Pittsburgh premiere of Don Juan Comes Back from the War.

 Lissa Brennan will play Mrs. Bradman. She returns to PICT after strongly featuring in Don Juan Comes Back from the War in 2013 as Woman 1, Nurse 2, Nun 1 and Prostitute 1. Previous PICT performances include Annie in In the Next Room or the vibrator play(2012) and as a member of the chorus in Salome. Lissa has also performed with barebones, Quantum and Bricolage as well as her own company Dog & Pony Show.

Johnmichael Bohach, who also designed The Crucifer of Blood set in 2013, is the scenic designer for Blithe Spirit. Joan Markert, who designed costumes for The Crucifer of Blood andLady Windermere's Fan. will design the costumes. Christopher Popowich will design lighting and Angela Baughman will design sound.

NEW AT PICT THEATRE IN 2014
PICT has introduced a 2:00 pm Wednesday matinee in the final week of the run of each show to help accommodate people with alternate work schedules, retirees, college students and student groups. PICT has often provided ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation at one performance in each production. Beginning this season, the Saturday 2PM matinee for each show will include ASL interpretation to accommodate the hearing impaired. Subscriptions and single tickets are available for both.

THE REST OF THE SEASON

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Aoife Spillane-Hinks will return to PICT to direct Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in June, with Martin Giles as Vladimir/Didi and James FitzGerald as Lucky. Although PICT produced BeckettFest in 2006, the company offered only a staged reading of Waiting for Godot. In October of that same year, Alan Stanford starred as Pozzo in the Gate Theatre Dublin's touring production at the Byham. Waiting for Godot is considered by many to be one of most influential plays ever written.
 Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Alan Stanford will direct this beautiful dramatic comedy by one of Ireland's most notable female playwrights. The woman of the title, played by Nike Doukas, is surrounded by colorful characters including her husband (James FitzGerald), her Auntie (Sharon Brady), and her strange companion, Scarecrow (Karen Baum).

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
The Great War is imminent when a group of boys from Ulster begin training in the British army, preparing for the Battle of the Somme. Frank McGuinness' lyrical play captures the fierce friendship and loyalty among men who must face the wickedness and wastefulness of war. Matt Torney, who previously directed The Crucifer of Blood for PICT in 2013, returns to direct.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Double, double toil and trouble: the witches of Macbeth are just in time for Halloween in PICT's October production directed by Alan Stanford. Stay tuned for our casting release in April.
 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, adapted by Hugh Leonard
Hugh Leonard wrote this adaptation specifically for Alan Stanford to produce at the Gate Theatre Dublin, where it met with critical and commercial success. Mary Rawson will play Miss Havisham, and further exciting casting news will be available shortly.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEASON IS AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING FACT SHEET OR AT THE WEBSITE, picttheatre.org

 TO ORDER TICKETS:
Subscriptions available now. Single tickets on sale April 1, 2014.
By phone at 412-561-6000.  Online at picttheatre.org. Email to tickethelp@picttheatre.org
 PICT Theatre (also known as Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre) was founded in 1996 to diversify the region's theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors' Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, and performs in The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres from April through December in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts.


PICT THEATRE'S 2014 SEASON QUICK FACT SHEET

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
May 1 May 17, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- May 14, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, May 13)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 17 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks
The Charity Randall Theatre
June 4 June 21, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- June 18, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Wednesday, June 4)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, June 21 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
 Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Henry Heymann Theatre
July 10 August 2, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- July 30, 2014
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, August 2 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Matt Torney
The Charity Randall Theatre
September 4 September 20, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- September 17, 2014
(10 a.m. Student Matinee on Tuesday, September 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, September 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
October 8 25, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- October 22, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 21)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 25 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Adapted for the stage by Hugh Leonard)
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
December 3-20, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: WEDNESDAY 2PM MATINEE- December 17, 2014
(10 a.m. student matinees on Tuesday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 16)
(2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 20 includes an American Sign Language interpretation.)
           
Subscriptions- full and flex plans available $288-$188*
Single Tickets
Senior Tickets (60+)
(Limited grab bag seating at $25; not available at all shows) $48-$38*
$44*
$25*
Military and Youth Tickets:
Military Adult
Military Children (ages 18 and under)
Patrons ages 19-30
Children ages 18 and under
$24*
$5*
$20*
$10*
* Prices do not include handling fees.
Email tickethelp@picttheatre.org to become an E-Subscriber or for online purchasing options, or contact PICT at 412-561-6000 x.207.
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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 14:02:00
 
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CONTACT:    
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Names 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Award Recipients
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29






PITTSBURGH, PA (March 12, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has named the recipients of the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards. They include:

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

Awards will be presented at the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 29, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown. Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon.

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

Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women or to purchase advance tickets, go to www.ywcapgh.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency.  For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 13:56:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
Images: Press Room
User: pressroom Pswd: pittstadium

After a long winter, this cast is sure to
heat up the CLO Cabaret this spring!


Meet the cast of Ring of Fire
Pittsburgh, PA · March 12, 2014 Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast for the rousing musical hit Ring of Fire, which will run May 22 through August 17 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

Cast (In Alphabetical Order)

Jay Hitt is a gifted singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist who last appeared at the CLO Cabaret in Always¦Patsy Cline.  He was voted Best Acoustic Musician by the readers of Pittsburgh City Papertwice.  His song, Tracy Loves Ray was named Best Song in the Canadian Narrative Music Contest, where he also received an Honorable Mention for Through The Window.  Mr. Hitt is the recipient of Best Song awards on Broadjam.com, Songwriter Universe and Songoftheyear.com. With the release of his seventh CD, Greetings from the Wilderness, Mr. Hitt continues to honor his gifts, work at his craft, respect his audience and achieve excellence, as one reviewer put it.

Paul Koudouris is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Program making his Pittsburgh CLO debut.  Regional Theatre: RENT (Roger), All Shook Up (Chad), Chess (Anatoly),Oklahoma! (Curly) and A Night with Janis Joplin (Guitarist/Singer).  Mr. Koudouris has also released an original pop/folk music album which can be found at www.paulkmusic.com.

Mitch Marois just completed his BFA in Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University.  As a member of Theatre Plastique he appeared in Saints!, winning Best Musical at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival.  A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Marois has appeared in productions of 4 Saints in 3 Acts, Romeo and Juliet, You Can't Take it With You and The Wild Party (Lippa) while at CMU.  He also choreographed and assisted on productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown! The Musical, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Once on This Island, The Wild Party and various dance concerts.

Jon Rohlf is a Musical Theatre graduate from Point Park University where he last performed as "Band Leader" in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  Other Point Park credits include Huck in Huck Finn and Floyd in Dark of the Moon. Other roles include "Antony" in Sweeney Todd and Kyle" in Legally Blonde The Musical among others.

Nicole Stefonek is a Wisconsin native who holds a BFA in musical theater performance from St. Mary's University of Winona, MN.  After graduating and performing extensively throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she moved to New York City where she wrote and performed for numerous Off-Broadway and cabaret venues.  Favorite productions include: The Jamal Lullabies (P.S.122 NYC), What the Folk?!(The Duplex Cabaret), Tony n' Tina's Wedding (Minneapolis), The Rocky Horror Show (Minneapolis) andSide Show (St.Paul).

Erika Strasburg is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate making her Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret debut. Other Pittsburgh credits include A Musical Christmas Carol and Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroesprogram, Quantum Theatre and City Theatre Company.

Santino Tomasetti is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  Credits include Holiday Songbook at Lincoln Center (writer) and Vietnam at 50 for the New York Historical Society.  Mr. Tomasetti is joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time.

The Creative Team

Guy Stroman (Director & Choreographer) directed and choreographed Forever Plaid for the inaugural production of the CLO Cabaret.  He also directed and choreographed that show for the fifth anniversary of the theater, as well as Plaid Tidings in 2007 and 2013.  He has directed numerous productions of plays and musicals around the country and in New York, including: Driving Miss Daisy andThe Glass Menagerie, both starring Sandy Duncan, The King and I, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (Best Director Award), Twelfth Night, Loot (Best Production Award), 1776 (Best Director Award), Man of La Mancha (Audience Favorite Award), and Shakespeare's R&J, to name a few.  Mr. Stroman originated the role of Frankie in the original Forever Plaid in New York, London's West End, and Los Angeles, where he won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Actor.

Chris Red Blisset (Music Director) is joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Other credits include:Stand By Your Man (two national tours Actor, MD), Ring of Fire (Director, MD, Actor, all over the country), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Director, MD, Actor, all over), Cotton Patch Gospel, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Keep on the Sunny Side, Smoke on the Mountain, Plaid Tidings, Honky-Tonk Highwayand Civil War (Actor/Musical Director/Director in various projects). He can be seen coast-to-coast and on YouTube doing stand-up comedy.  He comes from New York City where he is developing the new musicalBasquiat.
The Story

WALK THE LINE" IN AN EXPERIENCE SURE TO LIFT YOUR HEART & STIR YOUR SOUL!
Ring of Fire is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets--Johnny Cash. In Ring of Fire, a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. Ring of Fire features over 30 of the music legend's songs such as Country Boy, A Thing Called Love, Five Feet High and Rising, Daddy Sang Bass, I Walk the Line, I've Been Everywhere, The Man in Black and his final hit, Hurt.

Performance Schedule for Ring of Fire
Wednesdays   7:30pm
Thursdays      1:00pm* & 7:30pm * Thursday matinees 6/26, 7/31, 8/14
Fridays           7:30pm
Saturdays       2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays          2:00pm

Tickets
Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts. VisitpittsburghCLO.org for more information.

2014 CLO Cabaret Series
Ring of Fire will join the world premiere of Judge Jackie Justice and the hilarious return of Dixie's Tupperware Party to complete the 2014 Cabaret Series.  Three-Show Cabaret Series Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased for $100 (a 25% savings!) by calling 412-281-2822.  Individual tickets for Dixie's Tupperware Party will be on sale at a later date.

Pittsburgh CLO media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting the Press Room at pittsburghCLO.org. When prompted, simply enter pressroom as the username and pittstadium as the password.
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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Publish Date: 03-24-2014 13:43:00
 
Computer and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Event
for
Spectrum Charter School



Spectrum Charter School is a Non-Profit Organization

Founding Member of Green Building Alliance Pittsburgh
Green Schools Academy

 Where: Spectrum Charter School, Inc.
                              4369 Northern Pike
                              Monroeville, PA 15146

                 When:  Saturday, April, 12, 2014

                 Time:    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Will Accept:
· Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Servers, Hard Drives
· Keyboards, Mice, Power Supplies, Motherboards/Circuit Boards, Cables, Speakers, CD, DVD, Tape and Floppy Drivers, Backup Systems, Memory Drives, Computer Fans, and Tape Backups
· Routers, Switches, Wireless Routers, Access Points, Bridges, Firewalls, Cabling, Modems, and KVM Switches
· Phones, Ink, Toner, AC Adapters, Projectors, Overhead Displays
· Consumer electronics (Gaming Systems, Wire, Christmas Lights, Cable Boxes, Radios, VCR and DVD Players, Typewriters, MP3 Players, iPods, iPads, Desktop Printers, and Dot Max Printers)
· Monitors (LCD and CRT)

Onsite Data Destruction for hard drives will be provided upon request for a $10 fee

Televisions will NOT be accepted

If your donation will be more than 30 items you may schedule a pick-up with Commonwealth Computer Recycling prior to the event at 724-858-1087.

Cannot make it on April 12th?
Spectrum Charter School will accept donations BEFORE the event during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Questions? Call 412-374-8130

Sponsored by
TeamLogicIT of Monroeville and Commonwealth Computer Recycling

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Publish Date: 03-22-2014 15:32:00
 
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2014


PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S STRAUSS RECORDING NAMED A GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE FOR MARCH

PITTSBURGH”Gramophone magazine picked Strauss, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's recent recording of Strauss tone poems on Reference Recordings Fresh! label, as one of its Editor's Choice recordings for March 2014.

Reviewer Ivan March said of the recording, This is one of the outstanding Strauss CDs of the year; the quality of playing and recording makes it very recommendable indeed. He also credited Music Director Manfred Honeck for his interpretations, which vividly bring out the music's emotional and pictorial detail.

The CD was released in November 2013 and has received numerous positive reviews. A second release in the collaboration with Reference Recordings will be released in July and features work by DvoГ¸Г¡k and JanГ¡Г¨ek.  Strauss was recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 70 Grammy nominations and awards. FRESH! is part of Reference Recordings' mission to encourage artists and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recordings are made possible by a generous grant from BNY Mellon.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony is critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. They have made more than 35 international tours, and recently returned from their 2013 European Festivals Tour, where enthralled audiences filled the PSO's concerts in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, DГ¼sseldorf,Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn.

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

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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:55:00
 
Media Contact:
Erin P. Dyer
412-361-1000
erindyer@dyerfirm.com
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Aspinwall Toastmasters Club Takes Home 3 Awards at Recent Speech Competition


Aspinwall (O'Hara Twp.), PA, March 6, 2014 - Aspinwall Toastmasters participated in the Area's local speech competition and took three of the four available awards! Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the Area, Division, and District levels. The two competitions held recently were for Evaluation and International Speeches. The Evaluation Competition requires participants to compete on providing a good evaluation with analysis, recommendations, and encouragement  The International Speech Competition requires participants to compete on speech content, organization, voice quality, and gestures.

Congratulations to Jennifer Calihan who won first place in International Speeches and Alexandra Sabina who received a first place award in Evaluation and third place in International Speeches. Jennifer is a local mother of four with an interest in the connection between food and wellness. Alexandra is a Mentor and a Public Speaker who shares her expertise of "How To Eliminate Fear & Failure From Our lives through Virtuosity."

These two local residents will compete in the division competitions on March 8, 2014 in Cranberry, PA.

Aspinwall Toastmasters
Meeting Dates: EVERY Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:00pm
Location: the River Room of Lighthouse Pointe
500 Chapel Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238
For more information contact:
Alexandra Sabina, V.P. of Membership,
at 412-612-5016
Checkout our website for more information
  http://aspinwall.toastmastersclubs.org

About Aspinwall Toastmasters
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow - both personally and professionally. In Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you're an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations: giving better presentations; leading meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. Anyone interested may attend one or more meetings for free to experience the benefits of membership.

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:47:00
 
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412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
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 Search: 2014 PICF


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
NEW TITLE SPONSOR & NEW LOCATION FOR
EQT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
MAY 14 М¶ 18, 2014
CULTURAL DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, now celebrating its 28th year, will be held May 14М¶ 18, 2014 in its new location: the Cultural District, downtown Pittsburgh.   The festival is programmed by Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

In addition to the Festival moving downtown, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to announce EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, as the new lead sponsor of the 2014 Pittsburgh International Children's Festival.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited and proud to be presenting this year's EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival in a new location М¶  the Cultural District.  Thirty years ago having this festival downtown would have been impossible, commented J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO  М¶  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The Cultural District is also home to the Trust's other free festivals that are presented each year, and adding the Children's Festival to this list continues the Cultural Trust's mission of bringing diverse, professional programming to the District for everyone to enjoy.  We are grateful for the generous support of the EQT Foundation.

 A priority of the EQT Foundation is supporting local initiatives designed to give the area's youth more exposure to artistic programming, while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture and heritage throughout our region, said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. EQT takes pride in supporting educational programs that focus on providing our area children with extraordinary and unique experiences, and the EQT Pittsburgh Children's International Festival promises to do just that and more this year.

This year's EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival features ticketed performances by artistic companies from Canada, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States along with a variety of free events happening throughout the Cultural District.  Theater venues include the Byham Theater, Trust Arts Education Center, Bricolage Theater and August Wilson Center.  The new Festival grounds footprint couples the unique food options, galleries, pop-up green and outdoor spaces of the Cultural District with the familiar free hands-on activities, free roving performances, and free stages of the EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. Special street closures, crossing and security guards, and signage will be in place during the Children's Festival to help all visitors coming to the events.  Sensory-friendly events during this year's festival include outdoor luminarium Miracoco (Architects of Air, United Kingdom) and all performances of Little Steps (Teater My, Denmark).

We couldn't be more thrilled with a new location for the 28th EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. As the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater continues to grow, we remain dedicated to engaging audiences with different cultures, perspectives, and mediums of expression. A move to the Cultural District brings with it distinct opportunities for children to experience live theater and express themselves through art, comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Manager  М¶  Children's Theater Programming and Executive Director  М¶  Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.

FREE EVENTS
LilyPad Park, 8th Street at Penn Avenue, will feature a free outdoor community stage. The stage will be programmed with culturally diverse acts that are sure to engage young audiences.  Performances by local and regional artists will keep the stage active daily during Festival hours.  Roving artists, and over 30 free, hands-on educational and cultural activities will be part of the Festival's free offerings.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES
Sensory-friendly events during this year's festival include outdoor luminaries Miracoco (Architects of Air, United Kingdom) and all performances of Little Steps(Teater My, Denmark).

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit www.ParkPGH.org.
A limited number of prepaid parking vouchers for parking at Theater Square Parking Garage, entrance located on 7th Street, are available at a discounted price.  Call 412-456-6666 for more information.
The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  For more information, visithttp://www.TrustArts.org/visit/public_transportaion/

FOOD OPTIONS
Vendors will be selling a variety of foods on the Festival grounds  М¶  all sales are cash only.  Benches and grass seating areas are available throughout the Cultural District to enjoy food vending or packed lunches.

Seating is also available in LilyPad Park.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Featured ticketed performances: 1 show: $8 per person; 2 shows: $14 per person; 3 shows: $18 per person; and luminarium Miracoco: $5 per person.  Visit,www.PghKids.org or call (412) 456-6666. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930, GroupSales@TrustArts.org.
The Festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicapped accessible.  ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made at least 10 business days in advance.  For information and questions, please call (412) 456-6666.
For information about the Cultural District, visit http://www.TrustArts.org/about/explore/

FEAUTURED TICKTED EVENTS

Photo Credit:  Shlomi Mizrahi
Invisi'BALL
Nadine Animato Theater Dance Company (Israel)
A live-action soccer game transforms the theater into a stadium. Audiences will be chanting, laughing and cheering along to a game played without a ball. Soccer has never before been so funny and animated. Don't miss this charming interpretation of the game of soccer. GO TEAM!
50 minutes
Best for ages 4+
www.nadine-animato.co.il
Venue: August Wilson Center Theater, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14; Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 1:00pm
Saturday, May 17 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm & Sunday, May 18: 12:00pm, 3:00pm

Pinocchio
Theatre Tout Г Trac (Canada)
Born as a puppet and brought to life by a wish, the rebellious, cheeky and careless Pinocchio discovers the meaning of growing up through a thousand trials. Pinocchio is a show filled with heart, imagination, and lessons in bravery and honesty. Every detail of this favorite tale is artfully created. This full-scale production, based on the book by Italian author Carlo Collodi, is not to be missed!
65 minutes
Best for ages 5 М¶  10
www.toutatrac.com
Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 9:30am
Thursday, May 15: 1:00pm
Friday, May 16: 9:30am, 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17: 9:30am, 12:00pm
Sunday, May 18: 11:00am, 5:00pm

Animals/El Retablo (Spain)
Animals
El Retablo (Spain)
An array of animals come to life, made of recycled materials and everyday objects. Hats become snails. A mop becomes a thirsty sheep. A joyous, playful safari of the senses, Animals will inspire gales of laughter and moments of wonder.
45 minutes
Best for ages 3 М¶  8
www.titereselretablo.com
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 11:00am
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 11:00am, 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17 & Sunday May 18: 11:00am, 5:00pm

Hands Up/Lejo (Netherlands)
Hands Up
Lejo (Netherlands)
A cast of thousands in Lejo's hands! Perhaps you'll encounter the pianist, the octopus or a full choir! World-famous, Lejo's characters have all sorts of adventures, proving that less can be more!
40 minutes
Best for everyone ages 3  М¶  adult
www.lejo.nl
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 9:30am, 1:00pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 9:30am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Miracoco/Architects of Air (UK)


Miracoco*
Architects of Air (United Kingdom)
This colossal, inflatable structure uses natural light to create a world immersed in vibrant hues of color. Visitors experience a sense of wonder and tranquility while exploring its mesmerizing domes and tunnels. *This luminarium is sensory-friendly.
20 minutes
Best for ages all ages
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.architects-of-air.com
Location: 8th St. at Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Tales of Folklore and Fantasy
Temujin the Storyteller (USA)
Gathering the crowd with the sounds of an African talking drum, Temujin welcomes you to travel the world on a storytelling journey that will have you laughing and learning along the way. With roots in West Africa's Yoruba culture, Temujin repertoire includes more than 200 tales  М¶   never told the same way twice! No time or place is too far for his stories to reach  М¶  the only thing he might need is a little help from you!
45 minutes
Best for ages 5+
Venue: August Wilson Center Theater, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 9:30am
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 9:30am, 11:00am
Saturday, May 17: 10:00am
Sunday, May 18: 9:30am, 5:00pm

Little Steps/Teater My (Denmark)
Little Steps*
Teater My (Denmark)
Mommy and Daddy. Granny and Granddad.  A snail and a tree by the side of the road. Preschool filled with friends. A bicycle, a bedtime story. An umbrella and the hope for rain. Little Steps is the story of a small child in a big world. Wrapped in a universe full of memories, the audience is suspended in a cozy, safe space surrounded by beautiful stories and moments of recognition told through music, lighting, pictures, poetry, puppets, objects and sound.  *All Little Stepsperformances are sensory-friendly.
30 minutes
Best for ages 25
www.teatermy.dk
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 10:00am, 12:00pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:45pm

Midnight Radio Jr. Underwater Voyage
Bricolage Production Company (USA)
Midnight Radio Jr. is an unforgettable live comedy/variety show in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast   М¶  just for kids ages 6  М¶  12 and their grownups! You'll be transported from the radio studio to a magical undersea world complete with mermaids, sunken ships, dragon kings, and lantern fish. Through storytelling, music, comedy and live sound effects, Bricolage brings to life kooky tales and imaginary worlds. During the show there just might be some fake breaking news and commercial spoofs, too. Come early to enjoy fun sea-themed activities in the theater lobby. Or stay after to discover the art of sound effects.
45 minutes
Best for ages 5 to 12 (but all ages welcome)
www.bricolagepgh.org
Venue: Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, 1st Floor
Saturday, May 17, 5:00pm; Sunday, May 18, 1:00 pm

ABOUT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATER
Pittsburgh International 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 Pittsburgh International Children's Festival (celebrating its 28th year in 2014) is one of only four international children's festivals in the nation.  The Pittsburgh International Children's Theater Family Series (2013  М¶  2014), now in its 44th season, 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.  For more information, visit: www.TrustArts.org/kids

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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:28:00
 
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Contact:  Pat Martin
                Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus Marketing Chair


The Sounds of Pittsburgh chorus has donated $400 to the Magee Women's Cancer Center's wig fund from the proceeds of the annual show.  Fifty dollars will be given to eight women to help them purchase an attractive wig. Information about Bonnie Diver's wig charity fund, Hair Peace,  will also be given to them for more funding for those who cannot afford to purchase a wig and pay for cancer treatments.

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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:23:00
 
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CONTACT:
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279

Three Organizations Host Film Screening About Modern Day Slavery on March 19
Followed by a panel discussion with local experts

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2014):  Human trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery are present in the United States and even Western Pennsylvania. To bring awareness to this issue, there will be a special salon screening of Not My Life, the first documentary to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale, followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 19.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Bricolage Production Company have joined together to show this film in recognition of International Women's Day. The event is supported by the Eden Hall Foundation.

The program takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Bricolage Production Company, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and registration is required. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments are included. To register, visit www.worldpittsburgh.org or call 412-281-7970.

Following the film screening, a panel of local experts will address Understanding Modern Day Slavery: Pittsburgh's Role in Finding a Solution. Deb Acklin, President and CEO of WQED Multimedia, will serve as moderator. Panelists include Elizabeth Echevarria, CEO and Founder of Living in Liberty; Anne Rackow, Planning and Evaluation Manager of the Project to End Human Trafficking and Co-Facilitator of the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition; and Greg Bristol, retired FBI Special Agent, featured in the film Not My Life.

The discussion builds on the topics of human trafficking and forced labor, among other related crimes, and the work being done on the local, national and international levels to address these issues. Who is being exploited? What are the signs? What can you do to help?

Human trafficking, domestic servitude, forced labor, and child soldiers are just a few forms of modern day slavery affecting vulnerable populations women and children especially around the world. While often hidden, these exploitive practices are in fact present in the United States and even Western Pennsylvania.

International Women's Day is dedicated to celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.  First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day recognizes the work for women's rights, celebrates women's success, and reminds us of the inequities still to be redressed.
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About the Partners
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency.  We are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Bricolage Production Company immerses artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences that foster connections and alter perceptions.

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

lharwin@ywcapgh.org
www.ywcapgh.org
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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:16:00
 
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FROM DISNEY TO TEXAS HEARTTHROBS, THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S 2014-2015 PNC POPS SEASON DELIVERS ECLECTIC MIX OF MUSICAL FAVORITES

Highlights:
·         Hugely popular Chris Botti returns to Heinz Hall performing romantic ballads and standards in his signature jazz style.
·         The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be Singin' in the Rain, performing the soundtrack to the classic movie musical.
·         America's Got Talent sensation The Texas Tenors make their Heinz Hall debut.

PITTSBURGH”Familiar friends and new sensations take their turns on the Heinz Hall stage during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 PNC Pops season, one that promises an eclectic mix of favorites and surprises.

The season opens with a concert that gives the ageless fight between good and evil a musical twist with Heroes and Villains (Oct. 17-19, 2014). Conductor Lucas Richman leads a program full of epic plots, dangerous villains, thrilling battles and dastardly deeds. Join us for a concert where the notes will fly faster than speeding bullets!

Put on your Spock ears and Live long and prosper, when Jack Everly returns to the PNC Pops series to conduct Sci-Fi Spectacular (Nov. 14-16, 2014), an out-of-this-world concert featuring vintage TV themes, cult movie scores and music from epic space films.

The Pittsburgh holiday tradition Highmark Holiday Pops (Dec. 12-14, 2014; additional performances on Dec. 20 & 21) with conductor Todd Ellison returns! This annual concert has become a series favorite and a Pittsburgh tradition. Ellison, a prominent Broadway conductor who joined the Highmark Holiday Pops last year, is back at Heinz Hall, bringing with him the warmth and charm that made him an instant audience favorite! Classic carols and holiday favorites performed by an all-star cast of guest artists and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will have even Santa dancing in his seat!


Trumpeter and fan-favorite Chris Botti (Feb. 6-8, 2015) has firmly established himself as a major artist on the world's stage. Add to that his Grammy nominations and three #1 albums and Botti's status as a jazz superstar is firmly cemented. With the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony backing Botti, this concert is not to be missed!

Grab an umbrella and get ready to sing along when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Singin' in the Rain (March 13-15, 2015), the classic movie musical beloved for generations. Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds will once again dance into your hearts to the swelling orchestral accompaniment of the Pittsburgh Symphony.


The Texas Tenors (April 24-26, 2015), a trio of dashing cowboys ride into town to headline PNC Pops in April. Since their success on America's Got Talent, the Texas Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts around the globe, and their debut album, Country Roots ” Classical Sound, is the only independent album to hit number one on both the country and classical charts.

The 2014-2015 PNC Pops season concludes with a program that will thrill kids of all ages, Disney in Concert: A Tale as Old as Time (June 19-21, 2015), featuring a quartet of Disney in Concert singers performing songs from favorite Disney movies like Frozen,Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and many more!

Seven-concert season ticket packages range from $122.50 to $659.75, and can be purchased by calling 412-392-4900, or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale around Labor Day.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2014-2015 title sponsorship of the PNC Pops, marking PNC's 14th consecutive year as title sponsor of this series.The Pittsburgh Symphony also would like to recognize and thank Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for its 2014 title sponsorship of Highmark Holiday Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
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2014-2015 PNC Pops Season at a Glance
Programs, artists and dates are subject to change

October 17-19, 2014
Heroes and Villains
Lucas Richman, conductor
All-Star College Choir (Christine Hestwood, director)
Fly to Heinz Hall as the battle between good and evil begins! Armed with epic music from stage and screen, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will once again save the day with notes that fly faster than speeding bullets.

November 14-16, 2014
Sci-Fi Spectacular
Jack Everly, conductor
Kristen Plumley, vocalist
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (Betsy Burleigh, director)
Join the Pittsburgh Symphony for a program that's out of this world! From vintage sci-fi television themes to the movie music of epic space films, this concert is an out-of-this-world musical adventure.

December 12-14 (and Dec. 20 & 21), 2014
Highmark Holiday Pops
Todd Ellison, conductor
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (Betsy Burleigh, director)
The Pittsburgh tradition returns! Enjoy favorite carols and much-loved holiday music from an all-star cast of guest artists (including Santa Claus) and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in this festive concert.

Conductor Lawrence Loh
February 6-8, 2015
Chris Botti
Lawrence Loh, conductor
Best-selling jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti returns bringing his inimitable velvet tone and sublime phrasing. Hear why he and his trumpet hold multiple Grammys, Gold and Platinum records, and the hearts of millions of music lovers.

March 13-15, 2015
Singin' in the Rain
Lawrence Loh, conductor
Topping the American Film Institute's list of the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of all time, this film masterpiece features live orchestral accompaniment by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

April 24-26, 2015
The Texas Tenors ” Marcus Collins, J.C. Fisher, John Hagen
Lawrence Loh, conductor
America's Got Talent stars, these three classically trained singers present a one-of-a-kind mix of Broadway, classical, country and gospel music.

June 19-21, 2015
Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time
Lawrence Loh, conductor
A feast for the ears and eyes, a quartet of Disney in Concert singers perform to film clips of favorite Disney movies.

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Publish Date: 03-21-2014 20:00:00
 
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Search name:  2014-15 PNC Broadway Series


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA-PITTSBURGH
20142015 SEASON

PITTSBURGH, PA: Tony® Award-winning productions including 2013 TONY AWARD®-WINNER for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! (PIPPIN) and 2012 TONY AWARD®-WINNER for BEST SCORE & BEST CHOREOGRAPHY! (NEWSIES) will take to Cultural District stages for the 20142015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh season, along with critically-acclaimed audience favorites and the triumphant return of THE BOOK OF MORMON as part of the season specials.

The PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series features new touring Broadway shows and revivals direct from New York City stages. The season regularly showcases the most current Tony Award®-winning performances along with returning blockbuster events and time-honored classics to all ages. Offering something for everyone, these seven season presentations and two Broadway specials contribute to the city's reputation as a major destination for arts, culture, and entertainment, attracting millions of visitors each year. The PNC Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this series that delivers the finest national tours to Pittsburgh”allowing our community to experience world-class Broadway entertainment close to home.

The success of the PNC Broadway series contributes to the Trust's ability to bring diverse programming to the Cultural District that is presented across disciplines, and includes free festivals, and world-class art, said J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful to the PNC Foundation for its continued generosity as title sponsor. We are also grateful for the collaboration and contributions of both Broadway Across America and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

It is an honor to work year-round to shape and guide what I aspire to be an amazing season, said Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Securing the best possible Broadway presentations is my highest priority, and we are able to do so because of incredibly loyal audiences.

2014-2015 SEASON EVENTS
ANNIE
Benedum Center
October 28, 2014 November 2, 2014
Leapin' Lizards! One of the world's best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of ANNIE will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as It's the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don't Need Anything But You, plus the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.
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Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS The Musical
Benedum Center
November 18, 2014 November 23, 2014
The classic holiday movie White Christmas comes to the stage at last! This new musical shines with classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean? and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
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Photo:  Deen van Meer
NEWSIES
Benedum Center
November 25, 2014 November 30, 2014
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines¦Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT! (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss.
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MOTOWN The Musical
Heinz Hall
December 30, 2014 January 4, 2015
It began as one man's story¦ became everyone's music¦ and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

Motown® is a registered trademark of UMG Recordings, Inc. Photos of Raymond Luke, Jr. and Bryan Terrell Clark are by Joan Marcus. All other photos are by Andrew Eccle.
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PIPPIN
Benedum Center
January 20, 2015 January 25, 2015
PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago¦ the show The New York Times declared ASTONISHING. A PIPPIN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. It won the Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL , WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony Award®- winner DIANE PAULUS (HAIR and THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS). It features sizzling choreography in the style of BOB FOSSE and breathtaking acrobatics by LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation TRACES.
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Benedum Center
February 18, 2015 March 1, 2015
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to Pittsburgh as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is bigger and better than ever before.

This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria BjГ¶rnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score”with songs like Music of the Night, All I Ask Of You, and Masquerade ”will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
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Finale:  Josef Brown, Amanda Leigh Cobb
DIRTY DANCING
Benedum Center
April 7, 2015 April 12, 2015
DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live theater experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do you Love Me? and the heart stopping (I've Had) The Time of My Life. London's Sunday Express says, This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot! Don't miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You'll have the time of your life!

2014-2015 SEASON SPECIALS
THE BOOK OF MORMON
Heinz Hall
September 23, 2014 October 5, 2014
Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, the best musical of the last 25 years. And The New York Times says, It's the best musical of the century. It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls it, A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.
Parental advisory: Explicit content.
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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Heinz Hall
March 31, 2015 April 5, 2015
The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life! The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Pittsburgh! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.

TICKETS
Season tickets range from $129$494. Single tickets will go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks in advance of the show's opening for most events. Group discounts apply to orders of 10 tickets or more for most events.
SEASON TICKETS: TrustArts.org/Broadway | 412-456-1390
GROUP ORDERS: TrustArts.org/GroupSales | 412-471-6930
For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

PRE-SHOW TALKS
How do you prepare to see a Broadway musical? And how do you know you've had a good time? Ticket holders are invited to join Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Know The Show Before You Go. Know The Show Before You Go provides educational and background information on each of the Broadway performances, aiming to further deepen each patron's theatrical experience. Select company members are interviewed at the Trust Arts Education Center (805-807 Liberty Avenue, 15222) on the opening nights of PNC Broadway Across America Pittsburgh series performances. Know The Show Before You Go does not take place for Season Special performances. For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

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