PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES PNC POPS 2011-2012 SEASON

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces the 2011-2012 PNC Pops Season and celebrates Marvin Hamlisch’s 17th season as Principal Pops Conductor with the PSO.

2011-2012 PNC Pops Programming

Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO whirl into the best season yet with Ballroom with a Twist, choreographed by Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars.  This dazzling concert features top performers from American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and High School Musical.  The event will involve breathtaking costumes, incredible music, astounding vocalists, and exciting dance performances.  (October 13-16, 2011)

In November, Patti LuPone appears at Heinz Hall to celebrate Broadway and song with the PSO.  LuPone has two Tonys for her leading roles in Evita and Gypsy, and created the characters of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Fantine in Les Misérables.  She is also noted for her roles on stage and screen, including Life Goes On, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness.  (November 10-13, 2011)

The annual Highmark Holiday Pops returns with six performances in December. Marvin Hamlisch leads the PSO in concerts featuring Jodi Benson, the voice of Disney’s Ariel in the hit film, The Little Mermaid. The program includes holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride and “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, and other special surprises.  (December 15-18, 2011)

Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO kick off the new year with saxophonist Dave Koz and the music that made movies great.  Hear Marvin’s own Academy Award-winning song, The Way We Were, as well as other classics, including “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz and “Somewhere” from West Side Story. The program will also feature music from The Pink Panther, James Bond films, and other memorable music from the silver screen. (January 26-29, 2012)

In March, over St. Patrick’s weekend, internationally-renowned violinist Natalie MacMaster joins the PSO for a St. Patrick’s Pops.  Having recently won a Grammy for her recording collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, MacMaster has also worked with Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Eileen Ivers, Allison Krauss, Carlos Santana, and more.  The event will feature such Irish favorites as “David’s Jig,” “Blue Bonnets,” and “O’Carolyn’s Concerto.”  (March 15-18, 2012)

Do You Hear the People Sing? featuring music from Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, comes to Heinz Hall in April.  Conductor Jack Everly returns to lead the PSO and the Carnegie Mellon University Concert Choir, directed by Robert Page, in a celebration of the music of Broadway composing team Schönberg and Boublil.  Enjoy Les Misérables’ famous songs “Bring Him Home,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” and “One Day More,” and gripping music from Miss Saigon, including “The American Dream” and “I’d Give My Life For You.”  (April 12-15, 2012)

For the season finale, Hamlisch and the PSO pay tribute to the music of the legendary song-writing team, George and Ira Gershwin.  This event features pianist Kevin Cole, vocalist Sylvia McNair, and dancer Ryan VanDenBoom as the music of the Gershwin brothers comes to life.  The program will include classic American songs, including “I Got Rhythm” and “The Man I Love,” as well as the recognizable melodies and impressive piano solos of Rhapsody in Blue(June 21-24, 2012)

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2011-2012 title sponsorship of the PNC Pops, marking PNC’s 11th consecutive year as title sponsor of this series.

The PSO would also like to recognize and thank Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for its 2011 title sponsorship of Highmark Holiday Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

PNC POPS
Ballroom with a Twist
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor


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Thursday, November 10, 2011
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 11, 2011
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
at 2:30 p.m.


PNC POPS

Featuring Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone


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Thursday, December 15, 2011
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 2011
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
at 7:30 p.m.


HIGHMARK HOLIDAY POPS
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Jodi Benson, vocalist
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, directed by Betsy Burleigh

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 27, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
at 2:30 p.m.


PNC POPS
Marvin, Dave Koz, and the Movies
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Dave Koz, saxophone
All-Star College Choir, directed by Dr. Robert Page


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Thursday, March 15, 2012
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
at 2:30 p.m.


PNC POPS
A St. Patrick’s Pops with Natalie MacMaster
Natalie MacMaster, violin


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Thursday, April 12, 2012
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
at 2:30 p.m.


PNC POPS
Do You Hear the People Sing?
Jack Everly, conductor
Carnegie Mellon University Concert Choir, directed by Robert Page; vocalists to be determined.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
at 2:30 p.m.


PNC POPS
The Gershwins – Here to Stay
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Kevin Cole, pianist,
Sylvia McNair, vocalist,
Ryan VanDenBoom, dancer



Pops Talks (an insiders look at the concert) follow each Thursday performance.
All artists, programs, and dates are subject to change.

2 Responses to “PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES PNC POPS 2011-2012 SEASON”

  1. Terri White says:

    Who was the younger singer that performed this weekend with the Pops? He wasn’t in the program, but he sounded amazing! He sang “Bui Doi”

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