Pittsburgh-area soprano Katy Williams, 16-year-old violinist Inori Sakai soloists
PITTSBURGH – Warm up inside Heinz Hall as Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh joins Fiddlesticks and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in musical adventures of the chilly season of winter.
The children’s concert, “Skate into Winter,” begins at 11:15 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Heinz Hall. Tickets, ranging from $12 to $20, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The program includes the frosty sounds of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons and Émile Waldteufel’s recognizable Skaters’ Waltz, as well as works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.
Pittsburgh-area soprano Katy Williams and young violinist Inori Sakai will be the soloists. A high-school sophomore at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Inori, 16, began her violin study at 6. She currently studies violin with Hong-Guang Jia, assistant concertmaster of the PSO. She serves as a co-concertmaster in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Loh.
From infancy on, children are exposed to the music of lullabies, sing-a-longs, folk tunes, and pop music, and the Fiddlesticks Family Concerts continue to explore various genres of music. Each of the performances is preceded by a pre-concert event called Discovery Time Adventures. These educational activities begin at 10 a.m. and allow young audiences and their parents to meet the PSO musicians, learn songs with Loh and Williams, and take part in various musical activities. The 45-minute concert begins at 11:15 a.m. and is filled with engaging music and interaction with everyone’s favorite friendly feline!
The Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series is proudly sponsored by Clearview Federal Credit Union, Macy’s Foundation, and Bobby Rahal Volvo. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians.
Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her PSO BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for the PSO’s Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children’s concerts hosted by the PSO.
Inori Sakai, a Japanese-born 16 yr-old, began her violin study at the age of 6. She currently studies violin with Hong-Guang Jia, the assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO). She made her debut as a soloist performing with PSO in December 2008. She won first place in the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition in 2008 and 2010, and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition in 2009. She also won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pennsylvania Music Teacher Association Competition in 2010.