PSO brings the music of Pixar films to Philadelphia’s premier outdoor summer venue
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the orchestra in music from Pixar’s 13 feature films, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Brave, among others, on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Children and adults alike will thrill as the orchestra performs with clips from Pixar’s films displaying overhead on screen.
Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $59.50, can be purchased by calling the TicketPhiladelphia box office at 215-893-1999, or at www.ticketphiladelphia.org. For more information about the performance, please visit www.manncenter.org. Additionally, picnics are more than welcome at this outdoor venue.
Pixar Animation Studios, located in Emeryville, Calif., has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for more than 25 years, and is home to the RenderMan line of software products. In 1979, George Lucas recruited Ed Catmull from the New York Institute of Technology to head Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, a group charged with developing state-of-the-art digital computer technology for the film industry. Steve Jobs purchased the company in 1986 and renamed it “Pixar.” In the same year, Pixar’s first short film and John Lasseter’s directorial debut, Luxo Jr., was unveiled (Luxo Jr. is the classic Pixar image of the “hopping lamp”). Disney and Pixar began a collaboration in 1991 and, by 1995 the first Toy Story was released.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1935, under the name of Robin Hood Dell Concerts, as the summer venue for the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra. The Center moved into its present outdoor facility in 1976 and was designated the Mann Music Center in honor of Frederic R. Mann, a Philadelphia businessman who supported summer musical performances in Fairmount Park. In 1998, the facility was renamed the Mann Center for the Performing Arts to reflect the Center’s plans to broaden its programming and service. The facility consists of covered seating for nearly 5,000, outdoor seating for another 4,500 and a 4,000-person capacity lawn.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for 115 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the orchestra welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 36 international tours include 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 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.
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Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor