PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and Fairmont Pittsburgh Executive Chef Andrew Morrison will trade places next week.
Hamlisch will host An Evening of Cooking and Conducting at Habitat restaurant at the Fairmont at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, to benefit the PSO.
Hamlisch will take “center stage” at Habitat and join Morrison in preparing and serving a five-course pre-fixed menu inspired by the upcoming PNC Pops concerts, “Marvin, Dave Koz and the Movies.” In addition to a delicious dinner, Hamlisch will step out of the kitchen and provide plenty of entertainment, including a song or two, for the foodies, fans and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians in attendance.
“When we are playing pop music, I guess you could say we’re really cooking,” Hamlisch said.
“I am honored to share the stage, so to speak, with Marvin,” said Morrison. “He is an incredible talent and I look forward to this one-of-a-kind dining experience.”
Cost of the dinner is $125/person, and includes wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 412.773.8848. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit the PSO.
For his turn, Morrison will try his hand at conducting Rossini’s William Tell overture with the PSO during the concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at Heinz Hall.
The concerts, “Marvin, Dave & the Movies,” begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets, ranging from $20 – $95, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting the PSO at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
PNC is the title sponsor for the PSO’s 2011-2012 PNC Pops season. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO.
Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility and substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received his third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 115 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 36 international tours include 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
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