Lawrence Loh conducts, Pittsburgh-area soprano Katy Williams solos
PITTSBURGH – Kick off “A Season of Celebrations” with Fiddlesticks as he travels the world! Fiddlesticks, Heinz Hall’s resident musical ambassador to children, joins Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for a friendly and melodic adventure at Heinz Hall.
Dance to the music of Strauss’s Pleasure Train Polka and sing along to America the Beautiful. Flat Fiddlesticks photos submitted to the PSO’s Facebook will be shown during the concert.
The concert, “Celebrations Around The World,” begins at 11:15 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 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 the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The program will include music from Bizet’s Carmen, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Brahms‘ Academic Festival Overture, as well as an audience sing-along of America the Beautiful. The concert features Pittsburgh-area soprano Katy Williams as soloist.
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, 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 Macy’s Foundation, and Bobby Rahal Volvo. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians.
Resident Conductor of the PSO and music director of both the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.
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.