Passion Runs High at Second Scottish Rite Cathedral Performance by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

PITTSBURGH – “If music be the food of love, play on” — feed your passions this Valentine’s Day weekend at “Love Is in the Air” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, Pa., on Feb. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This Valentine’s pops celebration will be the perfect night out. With romantic music from favorite movies and musicals, warm you heart as Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor leads the Symphony and vocalists Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro in songs like “All I Ask of You” from “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Princess Leia’s Theme” from “Star Wars,” as well as music from ”West Side Story,” “The Godfather,” “Les Miserables” and more!

The performance is at 8 p.m. and tickets range in price from $16 to $59. Tickets for “Love Is in the Air” can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 800-743-8560 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org. The performance is part of the symphony’s child/parent program — student tickets (18 and under) are free with the purchase of a parent or guardian ticket. Symphony staff will be at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Monday, Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Buy tickets in person at the cathedral that day and save 20 percent! The child/parent program will apply to those purchases as well.

The Scottish Rite Cathedral will offer a pre-concert Valentine’s Day buffet dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 serving between 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. The cost is $22 per person and the reservation deadline is February 7. Call 724-654-6683 (option 3 then option 2) or email info@cathedralnewcastle.com for reservations or more information.

The final concert in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Scottish Rite Cathedral series is the “Mozart Extravaganza” on April 28, 2014. The concert will be conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck and will feature Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Concerto No. 1 in D major for Horn and Orchestra and Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter.” Packages to “Love is in the Air” and “Mozart Extravaganza” can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 800-743-8560 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/SRC.

Fawzi Haimor 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.

Christane NollChristiane Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of “Ragtime,” receiving Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother. Broadway and national tour appearances include “Chaplin,” “Urinetown” (Ovation Award), “The Mambo Kings” (pre-Broadway), “It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Grease,” “Miss Saigon” and “South Pacific” (Australia/Thailand). She is a frequent guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Jerusalem Symphony, Philadelphia Pops, Boston Pops and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as international appearances with Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, China Philharmonic with concert pianist Lang Lang and orchestras in Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last pops performance with The New York Pops and more sang with Steven Reineke for Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. She made her Hollywood Bowl debut singing with Julie Andrews and her opera debut with Placido Domingo in “The Merry Widow.” She has made appearances with Town Hall’s Broadway By the Year, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, at Feinstein’s, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below and Birdland. Her solo recordings include “A Broadway Love Story,” “Live at the West Bank Café,” “The Ira Gershwin Album,” “My Personal Property” and “Gifts: Live at 54 Below.” For more information: ChristianeNoll.com.

Hugh PanaroHugh Panaro is currently starring as the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. He also has the distinction of having played both Raoul and the Phantom, a role he performed more than 1,000 times. Also on Broadway, Panaro has been seen as Gaylord Ravenal in the Harold Prince revival of “Show Boat,” Marius in “Les Miserables” and created the roles of Buddy Foster in “Side Show,” Julian Craster in Jule Styne’s final musical “The Red Shoes” and the title role of the seductive vampire in Elton John’s musical “Lestat.” Panaro made his West End debut as Gaylord Ravenal in “Show Boat” and went on to perform the title role in “Martin Guerre.” Some of Panaro’s Off-Broadway credits include “White Lies” at the Triad Theater, “Noa Noa” at Playwright’s Horizons, Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights” at the John Housman Theatre, “Children of Eden” at the Actor’s Playhouse and the role of Robert in “Little Fish” at Second Stage Theatre. An active concert artist, Panaro has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including the Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Calgary, Utah and the London Sinfonietta among many others and had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Penderecki’s “Te Deum” at Carnegie Hall. Panaro was a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. His recordings include Jerome Kern Treasury, the original cast recording of “Side Show,” “Tap Your Troubles Away” (Herman), “The Centennial” (Weil) and “Life on the Wicked Stage” (Kern), among others. His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in summer 2007. Panaro toured throughout Europe with the legendary Barbra Streisand. He performed the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” in Philadelphia. A native of Philadelphia, Panaro graduated from Temple University and was awarded the Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor for his impressive career in musical theatre.

Editors Please Note:

Thursday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.

Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle, PA
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor
CHRISTIANE NOLL, soprano
HUGH PANARO, tenor

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Peress):

Overture to West Side Story

Irving Berlin:

“Top Hat/ Steppin Out With My Baby” from Easter Parade

Cole Porter:

Begin the Beguine

Frederick Loewe:

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

George Gershwin:

“I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy

John Williams:

“Princess Leia Theme” from Star Wars

Meredith Willson:

“Till There Was You” from The Music Man

Jerome Kern:

“Make Believe” from Showboat

Pietro Mascagni:

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross:

“There Once was a Man” from The Pajama Game

Claude-Michel Schoenberg:

“Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables

Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus:

Mamma Mia Medley

Andrew Lloyd Webber:

“Think of Me” from The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber:

“All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber:

“Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera

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