PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced the 2012-2013 PNC Pops Season, celebrating Marvin Hamlisch’s 18th season as Principal Pops Conductor with the PSO.

Hamlisch recently agreed to extend his contract as Principal Pops Conductor through the 2014-2015 season.
“I perform for many audiences each year and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s family of concertgoers is, by far, one of the best in the world,” Hamlisch said. “That’s why I put together a season that’s sure to please.”

2012-2013 PNC Pops Season

Hamlisch and the PSO jump into an invigorating new season with American Idol pop sensation and television star Katharine McPhee. Star of the hit Spielberg/NBC TV series SMASH, McPhee joins the PSO to lend her vocal stylings to classics, such as, Cole Porter’s Under My Skin, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and “Somewhere” from West Side Story. She was a finalist on American Idol in 2006, and has since collaborated with Andrea Bocelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chris Botti and David Foster. (Sept. 27-30)

In November, the PSO pays tribute to the greatest rock band ever when Classical Mystery Tour returns to Heinz Hall by popular demand to celebrate The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper’s 45th Anniversary with the PSO. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the first rock album to ever win a Grammy for Album of the year. PSO’s new Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor conducts favorite Beatles hits presented by a group of musicians who look and sound like John, Paul, George and Ringo. (Nov. 15-18)

Hamlisch returns in December for six performances of the popular Highmark Holiday Pops, where he will premiere a new song inspired by his children’s book to be released in the fall. The concerts include Rachel DeShon, winner of Marvin’s Search for a Star competition, and the return of singing Allegheny County Sheriff’s detective, Ricky Manning, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. (Dec. 20-23)

No one knows the music of love better than Hamlisch! He and the PSO put together a show just in time for Valentine’s Day with My Funny Valentine, also featuring the All-Star College Chorus. Broadway stars Melissa Errico and Ryan Silverman join the PSO for “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, the theme from Ice Castles and many more glorious love songs. (Feb. 7-10, 2013)

Where else could you hear Judy Garland sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? Next March, audiences can experience the classic film The Wizard of Oz as never before – accompanied by the PSO. For one weekend, audiences will see this beloved, Oscar-winning film and hear the music that has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations. (March 14-17, 2013)

Disco Days & Boogie Nights, featuring music from the ‘70s, comes to Heinz Hall in May. Conductor Jack Everly returns to lead the PSO in anthems and classic hits, such as I Will Survive, Bohemian Rhapsody, and American Pie. Along with hits from the Bee Gees, The Village People, The Carpenters and Billy Joel, the groovy songs from a decade of music come together for one dynamite symphonic performance. (May 2-5, 2013)

The season concludes on a grand note when trumpeter Chris Botti returns to perform with Hamlisch and the PSO. Botti is the best selling jazz artist in the U.S. today, and his success has crossed over to pops audiences. A popular PBS artist, Botti has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sting, Paul Simon, Michael Bublé, Joni Mitchell and Andrea Bocelli. (June 13-16, 2013)

Seven-concert subscriptions at Heinz Hall range from $117.25 to $652.75, and can be purchased by calling 412.392.4900, or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2012-2013 title sponsorship of the PNC Pops, marking PNC’s 12th consecutive year as title sponsor of this series. The PSO would also like to recognize and thank Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for its 2012 title sponsorship of Highmark Holiday Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Katharine McPhee & Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Katharine McPhee, vocalist
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Classical Mystery Tour
Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Jim Owens as John Lennon
Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney
John Brosnan as George Harrison
Chris Camilleri as Ringo Starr
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Rachel DeShon, vocalist
Jenny Oaks Baker, violin
Ricky Manning, vocalist
Joseph Serafini, vocalist
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, directed by Betsy Burleigh
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Thursday, Feb. 7.  2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
My Funny Valentine with Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Melissa Errico, vocalist
Doug LaBrecque, vocalist
All-Star College Chorus, directed by Robert Page
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz
Lawrence Loh, conductor
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Disco Days & Boogie Nights
Jack Everly, conductor
N’Kenge, vocalist
Chapter 6, vocal group
Anne Beck, vocalist
Farah Alvin, vocalist
Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Chris Botti & Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Chris Botti, trumpet
Pops Talks (an insider’s look at the concert) follow each Thursday performance.
All artists, programs and dates are subject to change.

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