Fiddlesticks, PSO’s musical ambassador to children, returns for another exciting season of family concerts at Heinz Hall

Macy’s to become presenting sponsor of Fiddlesticks

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) popular feline musical ambassador, Fiddlesticks, returns in 2013-2014 for yet another season of entertaining Saturday morning concerts to introduce children to music.

Three-concert subscriptions, ranging from $28.80 to $58.50, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

From infancy on, children are exposed to the music of lullabies, sing-a-longs, folk tunes, and pop music, and the Fiddlesticks Family Concerts, presented by Macy’s, continue to explore various genres of music. Each performance is preceded by a pre-concert event called Discovery Time Adventures, which is free to all ticket holders. 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 2013-2014 season begins in hauntingly fun fashion with “Halloween Spooktacular” at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, when Fiddlesticks joins the PSO and Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh for a concert of kid-friendly, spooky music from hit movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Sorcerer’s Apprenticeand the Harry Potter movies. Adults and children alike also can delight in Grieg’s rousing In the Hall of the Mountain King.

The season’s second concert will be “The Carnival of Animals” at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Carnival of the Animals is one of the most famous pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Each movement in this spectacular orchestral work depicts a different animal, from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum will illustrate the animals as the PSO performs.

The season ends with “A Salute to America” at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014. Fiddlesticks, the PSO and Loh take part in a concert of music inspired by America, from the heart-pounding drum line to the moving “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The audience can join vocalist Katy Williams in a sing-along of “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag!”

The PSO would like to recognize and thank the Macy’s Foundation for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts.  Additional support is provided by the PPG Industries Foundation. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians.

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