Broadway Star Idina Menzel to Perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Idina MenzelPITTSBURGH – Superstar vocalist and actress Idina Menzel returns to the Heinz Hall stage on Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in an unforgettable night of modern and classic Broadway hits.

Menzel was last on stage as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s tribute concert to the late Marvin Hamlisch in January. She recently released a CD/DVD, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, which features a live concert with an orchestra led by Hamlisch. Menzel is best known for her Tony Award-winning turn as Elphaba in the blockbuster Wicked and her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in Rent. Appearing with Menzel is composer, music producer, musician and six-time Grammy Award nominee Rob Mounsey.

Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $120, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Idina Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked, and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. Along with Wicked and Rent, Menzel appeared as Sheila in Hair and starred as Amneris in Aida on Broadway. Off Broadway, she premiered Wicked in London’s West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, See What I Wanna See, at the Public Theater. Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s Enchanted; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music.

Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of 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.

Editors Please Note:

Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LAWRENCE LOH, conductor

IDINA MENZEL, vocalist

ROB MOUNSEY, piano/music director

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