PITTSBURGH – Multiple Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Michael Bolton will perform “Holiday and Hits with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra” in a special one-night only performance, led by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor, on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, timeless style and charm, this concert will be an unforgettable evening with Bolton and his iconic voice. The performance features orchestral holiday favorites and Bolton’s classic hits, such as “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Time, Love and Tenderness,” “How Can We be Lovers,” “Soul Provider” and many more!
Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $108, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater. Bolton has won two Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), six American Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned more than 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, nine Million-Air Awards and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Bolton has recorded and performed with musical icons that have inspired and influenced his own career—including Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles and Seal, among others—and collaborated with some of the greatest songwriters and producers of our time—including Lady Gaga, David Foster, John “Mutt” Lange and Billy Mann, among others. For his dedication to social activism, Bolton has been honored with several Humanitarian awards—including the Martin Luther King Award granted by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), the Lewis Hine Award from The National Child Labor Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and the Frances Preston Lifetime Achievement Award. Bolton is especially proud of the initiatives carried out by his own foundation, the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 20th Year of advocating on behalf of women and children at risk.
Fawzi Haimor is in his second season in the position of assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Pittsburgh, he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education and outreach. Haimor also has worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Amman Symphony in the Middle East and, in Europe, Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto. He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In the current season, his guest engagements include the Erie Chamber Orchestra and a return to Alabama and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, as a guest artist. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama. He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. He has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. He is also a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He has earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master’s in instrumental conducting from Indiana University.
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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor
MICHAEL BOLTON, vocals