Kenny G to Perform Jazz Favorites with PSO

Famous saxophonist joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to close the PNC Pops 2012-2013 season.

PITTSBURGH – Grammy-Award winning artist Kenny G will perform his jazz and pop favorites with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Lawrence Loh, in the final PNC Pops concert of the season.

The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.  Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $108, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

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

 

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as a premiere artist in contemporary jazz.  He played professionally while studying accounting at the University of Washington, and signed as a solo artist in 1982.  Since then, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.  Additionally, he has collaborated with many legends, including Andrea Bocelli, Whitney Houston, Tony Braxton, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Natalie Cole, Steve Miller, Dudley Moore, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin.

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.

 

Editors Please Note:

Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LAWRENCE LOH, conductor

KENNY G, saxophone

ROBERT DAMPER, piano

DANIEL BEJARANO, drums

VAIL JOHNSON, bass

JOHN RAYMOND, guitar

RON POWELL, percussion

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