Fiddlesticks Family Series Goes Wild with “Carnival of the Animals”

PITTSBURGH – Go wild with Fiddlesticks, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s feline musical ambassador, during the “Carnival of the Animals” on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Heinz Hall for the season’s second concert of the Fiddlesticks Family Series Presented by Macys.

“The Carnival of the Animals” is one of the most famous pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Each of the movements in this spectacular orchestral work depicts a different animal, from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Joining conductor Lawrence Loh, vocalist Katy Williams and Fiddlesticks onstage is cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum, who will illustrate the animals as the symphony performs. Dancers from the Point Park University Ballet and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s assistant conductor, Fawzi Haimor, will also join in the fun. Let your imagination run wild in this musical journey through the animal kingdom.

Attendees are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concerts. These educational activities allow young audiences and their parents to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various musical activities. Discovery Time Adventures for the “Carnival of the Animals” program will include many activities, such as sing-along time with Larry and Katy, animal-themed arts and crafts, music and movement dancing, a symphony quartet, and even a special visit from a few Pittsburgh Zoo animals!

Discovery Time Adventures will begin at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $12 to $22.25, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank the Macy’s Foundation for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. PPG Industries Foundation and Clearview Federal Credit Union are presenting partners of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians. Pittsburgh Symphony Education & Community Engagement programs are also supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for many of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children’s concerts.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, March 1 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
FAWZI HAIMOR, assistant conductor and narrator
JOE WOS, cartoonist

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  “Flight of the Bumblebee” from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Camille Saint-Saëns:  Carnival of the Animals

  • I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
  • II. Hens and Roosters
  • III. Horses of the Tartary (Fleet Animals)
  • IV. Tortoises
  • V. The Elephant
  • VI. Kangaroos
  • VII. Aquarium
  • X. Aviary
  • XI. Pianists
  • XII. Fossils
  • XIII. The Swan
  • XIV. Finale

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Discovery Time Adventures

  • Sing-Along with Lawrence Loh and Katy Williams
  • Pittsburgh Zoo station
  • WYEP “ZooBeats” kiosks
  • Animal-themed arts and crafts
  • Music and Movement “Eurhythmics” with Jayne McDonald from the City Music Center
  • Music Makers Room with a Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet
  • Musical Ambassadors in various locations of Heinz Hall to meet musicians up close

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