‘DISNEY IN CONCERT’ DEBUTS WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN PNC POPS CONCERTS

Featuring solo vocalists Andrew Johnson, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Candice Nicole, Aaron Phillips

PITTSBURGH – Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in PNC Pops concerts bursting with musical Disney magic next month at Heinz Hall.

“Disney in Concert” will feature a variety of musical scores from popular Disney movies, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and Pirates of the Caribbean, while also showing film clips and artist renderings on stage.

Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at 2:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $89, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.

Andrew Johnson has toured all over the world as a lead soloist and dancer in nine different countries. He most recently was a performer at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards with Florence and the Machine. This past year he played Benny in the first professional southern California production of RENT and Asher in Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities’ production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrew’s professional credits include Four-Eyed Moe (Five Guys Named Moe), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Jesus (Godspell), and the Leading Player (Pippin). He has also understudied Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile in Tarbell’s South Pacific at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He was a finalist in 2004 and 2005 with the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, as a Musical Theatre/Pop vocalist, and he received an Inland Theatre Award nomination for his performance in Riverside Civic Light Opera’s production of Ragtime. Johnson has shared the stage with singer/actresses Shirley Jones and Bernadette Peters and has performed live duets with recording artists Patti LaBelle and Erykah Badu, and Broadway stars Laura Bell Bundy and Jodi Benson.

Whitney Claire Kaufman recently completed two years with the North American Tour of the Broadway smash-hit Mamma Mia! (Ensemble, Understudy for Sophie and Lisa). Her performance as Sophie garnered rave reviews from the Boston Globe. Kaufman has performed as Guest Soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Guest Soloist with the Florida Orchestra, and has appeared in Cabaret (Sally Bowles), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Peaseblossom), Marisol (June), The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble’s production of Wounded, as well as many other theatrical productions. TV credits include General Hospital and the hit ABC series Modern Family. As both a singer and voice-over performer in film and television, Kaufman has been heard in productions including That Championship SeasonThe Secret of NiMH 2, and two MGM animated series: All Dogs Go to Heaven and Noddy. She recently recorded songs written by Oscar-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin.  Kaufman graduated with honors from Chapman University with a BFA in Theater Performance.

Candice Nicole began her relationship with Disney over a decade ago when she was first hired by Disney as a child soloist, so performing her favorite Disney classics with such talented musicians is a dream come true.  Candice has been featured on numerous occasions as the guest artist/headliner with the California Symphony and Reno Philharmonic. Some of her work in theatre, film, television and voiceovers includes Young Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toffee in Zombie Prom, and Barbie the Island Princess.  Broadway: Closing National Touring Company of Les Miserables (Fantine U/S), L.A. Premiere: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Scallops Who).  Regional highlights: Footloose (Ariel), 1776 (Martha Jefferson), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Grease (Sandy), Peter Pan (Wendy, opposite American Idol’s Adam Lambert), Cinderella (Cinderella).  Starring roles in West Coast staged readings include Roxane in The Man Who Would Be King opposite Broadway’s Marc Kudisch, Abby in the hilarious comedy Neurosis (by Allan Rice, a writer on The New Adventures of Old Christine), plus new musicals at The La Jolla Playhouse and The Festival for New Musicals.  Proud Actor’s Equity Member.

Aaron Phillips is an Ovation Award nominated actor/singer, proud member of Actor’s Equity, and just finished up the 2nd national tour of Click, Clack, Moo. Phillips had his New York theatre debut as Felix in the new hit rock-opera The New Hopeville Comics by Nate Weida last year. Past credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson), Batboy: The Musical (Batboy/Edgar), Songs for a New World , and Les Miserables (Foreman/Combeferre).  Phillips is also an accomplished voice over talent and can be heard in commercials, cartoons, and video games everywhere.

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