PSO PERFORMS MUSIC OF ‘THE KING OF POP’ AT HEINZ HALL IN NOVEMBER

Tickets for ‘The Music of Michael Jackson’ go on sale Monday, Sept. 17; concert Nov. 27

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will bring the music of “The King of Pop” to Heinz Hall in a concert of fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson’s influential and celebrated career.

The concert, “The Music of Michael Jackson,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27. Tickets, ranging from $25 to $85, go on sale at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 17. They can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album, Thriller, and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. “The Music of Michael Jackson” takes concertgoers through each era of this storied performer, from ABC, I’ll Be There and Got To Be There through Beat It, Thriller, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel and many more hits.

The PSO will be led by conductor Brent Havens in a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Jackson’s exceptional tunes performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full band and vocals. James Delisco will be the lead vocalist.

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and The Family Channel, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. He worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. Havens’ most recent film work includes the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for five symphonic rock programs – the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of Queen, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of The Doors, and the Music of Michael Jackson.

Crowned “The Entertainer” by Wayne Newton himself on the E! Network’s reality TV series, James Delisco has proved he is more than worthy of that title. After completing his $1 million contract at the Las Vegas Hilton, where his show opened to rave reviews, Delisco continues to receive critical acclaim in every market and venue on his recent world-wide tour. An iconoclastic showroom performer, Delisco emanates old-school charm with contemporary charisma. He has crafted his own style of music he calls RaGaBaR, a synthesis of the elements of 20th century music such as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Rock and Ragtime. He plays to sold out audiences everywhere he appears.

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