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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES BEATLES WITH ‘CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR’ AT HEINZ HALL

PSO’s new Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor leads PNC Pops tribute
to ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

PITTSBURGH – The magic of the Beatles comes to Heinz Hall this month when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performs a special tribute to the Fab Four, “Classical Mystery Tour.”

The PNC Pops concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17; and 2:30 p.m Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets, ranging from $20 – $98, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO will be led by its newly appointed Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor.

Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has performed hundreds of concerts with orchestras across the United States and around the world, and has received countless accolades from fans and critics alike.

“Classical Mystery Tour” pays tribute to the Beatles’ acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the first rock album to ever win a Grammy for Album of the Year. The four musicians in “Classical Mystery Tour” look and sound just like the Beatles, but their show is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed exactly as they were originally recorded.

“Classical Mystery Tour” features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for their 2012-2013 title sponsorship of PNC Pops.  Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the PSO.

Fawzi Haimor is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2012-2013 season. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Alabama, he conducted a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education, and outreach.  Additionally, Mr. Haimor had the pleasure to work with numerous orchestras including the Amman Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto and has collaborated with famous artists such as Bela Fleck, Bobby Horton, Diane Schuur, and Luciana Souza.  He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Justin Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, Grant Llewellyn, Michael Morgan, Robert Spano, Stefan Sanderling, and Michael Stern.

A resident of London, John Brosnan is a songwriter and musician who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He studied classical piano performance and theory at the Conservatorium of Music before switching to guitar, which has since become his main instrument. His first professional job came at 18, when he played in an orchestra that accompanied a musical theater production. He then spent the next decade playing in original bands and achieved some minor chart successes in Australia, UK, and the United States. Brosnan first began performing the role of George Harrison in 2000. Since then, he has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Asia with various Beatles productions. In addition to performing with Classical Mystery Tour, he runs a music and film production company in the UK.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Chris Camilleri had a convenient drum teacher; his dad. He started listening to Beatles records at a young age and, for many years, played drums and sang along to the recordings. Gradually, Chris gravitated to progressive rock bands, but retained a fondness for The Beatles and eventually formed the internationally-renowned Beatles cover band Liverpool, which still reunites to perform at the Fests For Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest). Camilleri has played drums for a variety of touring artists, including Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits fame), Badfinger, Micky Dolenz, Joe Walsh, and other Beatles-era bands. He became a good friend and musical associate to Harry Nilsson (who was a contemporary and close friend to all the individual Beatles). In addition to The Beatles, his musical influences include Jethro Tull, Genesis, ELP, and David Bowie. When not playing music, Chris has an active commercial and voice-over career.

Singer-songwriter Tony Kishman was born in Tucson, Ariz., where he began his musical career in the early 1970s.  Although he had been playing guitar for a number of years, it was not until age 19 that Kishman started performing seriously. Kishman’s early influences included Wishbone Ash, Bad Company and Peter Frampton.  Between 1973 and 1978, he played guitar in the group Cheap Trix, a cover band performing Top 40 as well as originals. Starting in 1979, Kishman played bass and guitar for six years as Paul McCartney in both the national and international tours of Beatlemania.  He then went on to perform in Legends in Concert and produced shows that ran in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.  He joined the classic group Wishbone Ash for a tour of Europe and the recording of the group’s 18th album.

Jim Owen was born and raised in Huntington Beach, Calif. He gained rich musical experience from his father, who played music from the classics for him on the piano and from his extensive library of recordings by the great classical artists. Owen began studying the piano at 6, and won honors in various piano performance competitions through his teenage years. He was 8 years old when he first heard The Beatles, and promptly decided to take up the study of the guitar. His first professional performance as a Beatle was at 16.  Then, at 18, he began touring internationally with various Beatles tribute productions, visiting Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Mexico, and much of South America. In 1996, Owen began working on his idea for a new show with orchestra. It has long been his dream to share with the public live performances of some of the greatest music ever written and recorded. Classical Mystery Tour was the result. Most recently, Owen became associate producer of the dance musical Shag With a Twist, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2005, and debuted in Las Vegas July, 2006.

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