PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICAL AMBASSADOR FIDDLESTICKS CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY!

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March 22, 2013

 

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICAL AMBASSADOR FIDDLESTICKS CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY!

Lawrence Loh conducts with guest artists including Katy Williams, Clare Bradford, Stephanie Maloney and the Children’s Festival Chorus

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) closes “A Season of Celebrations” with Fiddlesticks as he celebrates his birthday! Fiddlesticks, Heinz Hall’s resident musical ambassador to children, joins Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and the PSO for a friendly and melodic adventure at Heinz Hall.

Clare Bradford, winner of the Duquesne Concert Competition, returns to the stage to play Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1. Stephanie Maloney also returns for the fun with a special “Cat Duet” with Katy Williams. The Children’s Festival Chorus will perform “When I Sing” with PSO musicians Jeff Grubbs, bass, and Andrew Reamer, percussion.

Sing “Happy Birthday!” with Fiddlesticks and enjoy a birthday treat from the PSO’s friends at Eat n’Park. Eat n’Park is donating 2,000 Smiley Cookies for the celebration.

The concert, “Happy Birthday Fiddlesticks!” begins at 11:15 a.m., on Saturday, April 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.

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, PPG Industries 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.

 

Editors please note:

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

Heinz Hall

 

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LAWRENCE LOH, conductor

FIDDLESTICKS

KATY WILLIAMS, vocalist

CLARE BRADFORD, cello

STEPHANIE MALONEY, vocalist

CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL CHORUS

 

Discovery Time Adventures begin at 10 a.m.

 

Lucas Richman                                    Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Leroy Anderson                       The Waltzing Cat

Gioachino Rossini                    Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet)

Bill Henderson                          When I Sing

Camille Saint-Saëns                Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 33

Frederick Loewe                     “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady

Jacques Offenbach                  “Can Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld

Lucas Richman                        Music Can Make Your Life Complete

 

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